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Johnson wins No. 12, Marlins extend winning streak to eight

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Josh Johnson is helping the Florida Marlins fight their way back into the NL wild-card race.

Johnson lowered his major league-leading ERA to 2.87, and the Marlins extended their winning streak to eight with a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Johnson is trying to become the first rookie to lead the major leagues in ERA since Detroit's Mark Fidrych in 1976.

"If it's there at the end of the year, I'll take pride in that," Johnson said. "For now, I just have to keep going."

Dan Uggla hit his 20th homer and added a sacrifice fly for the Marlins (64-66), who had not been within two games of .500 since they were 1-3 before losing on April 9.

Florida pulled within two games of Cincinnati, the NL wild-card leader, and is one game shy of its longest winning streak of the season. The Marlins start a six-game trip Tuesday at St. Louis.

"Right now we're having fun, and we're just going to keep rolling with it as long as it will go," Uggla said. "This is the time you need to make a run at it."

Johnson (12-6) won his third straight decision, striking out seven in a season-high 7 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs and eight hits. Joe Borowski struck out the side in the ninth for his 31st save in 35 chances.

Milwaukee was swept in a four-game series for the second time this season, following a wipeout in Pittsburgh from May 29 to June 1. Ben Sheets (4-6) gave up three runs -- one earned -- and six hits in seven innings with six strikeouts.

"We faced some good pitching, and we didn't do much with it," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Josh Willingham hit a two-out double RBI double in the first, and Florida made it 3-0 with two unearned runs in the fifth.

Cody Ross was on second when he tried to score on Alfredo Amezaga's single, and left fielder Gabe Gross threw a one-bounce strike to the plate. Catcher Mike Rivera failed to hold onto the ball before Ross ran into him, and Uggla followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Amezaga.

"It kind of caught me off guard - the grass here is thinner and faster than at home," Rivera said. "I thought I'd have time to get that hop."

Ross was charged with an error.

"That play cost us two runs," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "He just dropped it. The throw was there in plenty of time."

Bill Hall hit his 30th homer leading off the seventh, and Tony Graffanino's RBI single in the eighth pulled Milwaukee to 3-2 and chased Johnson. Uggla homered off Jose Capellan leading off the bottom half.

"We got some bats on the ball but we couldn't muster up a rally," Hall said. "Johnson threw the ball great."

Notes

  • Florida tied a team record by winning nine straight from June 10-20.
  • Amezaga was in the starting lineup after SS Hanley Ramirez was scratched because of a bruised finger on his right hand.
  • The Marlins have seven sweeps, but this was the first four-gamer.
  • Johnson and Minnesota's Francisco Liriano are tied for second in wins among rookies, three behind Detroit's Justin Verlander.
 
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Josh Willingham congratulates Dan Uggla on his solo home run (20th of the year) in the eighth.  (AP)
Josh Willingham congratulates Dan Uggla on his solo home run (20th of the year) in the eighth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

J. Johnson
IP 7.2
H 8
ER 2
BB 0
K 7
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Gabe Gross, LF4020011 .279
Tony Graffanino, 2B4011012 .278
Prince Fielder, 1B4000012 .274
Bill Hall, SS4121020 .273
Laynce Nix, CF4000031 .145
Geoff Jenkins, RF4010011 .249
David Bell, 3B3010021 .275
Mike Rivera, C3000001 .276
Ben Sheets, P2000000 .045
   a- Jeff Cirillo, PH1110000 .336
    Jose Capellan, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
Totals332820119 
a-doubled for Sheets in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bill Hall (32, Johnson), Jeff Cirillo (14, Johnson)
HR - Bill Hall (30, Johnson)
RBI - Tony Graffanino (43), Bill Hall (72)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Graffanino (17)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gabe Gross 1
DP - Fielder-Hall
E - Mike Rivera (2, )
Milwaukee Brewers
Ben Sheets (L,4-6) 7631160 4.62
Jose Capellan 0.2111101 3.84
Brian Shouse 0.1000010 2.31
Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 96-64, Jose Capellan 17-8, Brian Shouse 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 7-7, Jose Capellan 1-1
Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 27, Jose Capellan 4, Brian Shouse 1
Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, SS4220000 .269
Dan Uggla, 2B3122011 .293
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4000012 .337
Josh Willingham, LF3021101 .273
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000013 .270
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
Miguel Olivo, C3000000 .282
Jeremy Hermida, RF3010000 .258
Cody Ross, CF2100121 .228
Josh Johnson, P2000021 .105
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 1B0000000 .287
Totals28473279 
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla (24, Sheets), Josh Willingham (23, Sheets)
HR - Dan Uggla (20, Capellan)
SF - Dan Uggla (8)
SH - Josh Johnson (5)
RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (75), Josh Willingham (61)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Willingham (20)
SB - Alfredo Amezaga (13, 2nd base off Sheets/Rivera)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Amezaga-Uggla-Jacobs, Jacobs-Amezaga
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson (W,12-6) 7.2822071 2.87
Taylor Tankersley (H,16) 0.1000010 2.96
Joe Borowski (S,31) 1000030 3.21
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 108-71, Taylor Tankersley 3-3, Joe Borowski 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 7-7
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 29, Taylor Tankersley 1, Joe Borowski 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10226
Game Time - 2:17
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Scott Barry