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Uggla, Ramirez power Marlins to ninth straight victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Mark Mulder staggering down the comeback trail was no match for the streaking Florida Marlins.

Dan Uggla homered and drove in four runs and Hanley Ramirez was a home run shy of the cycle for the Florida Marlins, who won their ninth straight by beating up Mulder and the St. Louis Cardinals 9-1 Tuesday night.

"We beat the Nationals and we beat Milwaukee, but this was a test for us, to play a division-leading team," Wes Helms said. "We did our job."

Mulder (6-7) lasted only 1 2/3 innings, matching the shortest outing of his career. He gave up five runs on six hits in his second start since returning from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for more than two months.

Mulder said he'd visit with George Paletta, the team orthopedic consultant, on Wednesday.

"There's still something going on," Mulder said. "I'm obviously not right out there. It's not pain, it's just not right."

Scott Olsen allowed three hits in eight innings for Florida, which matched its longest winning streak of the year while staying close in the NL wild-card standings. The Marlins began a 12-game trip without manager Joe Girardi, who stayed at home with his pregnant wife while bracing for a possible hurricane.

Bench coach Gary Tuck, who filled in as interim manager, had it easy after the Marlins knocked out Mulder.

"It's fun for me, but it's tough without Joe," Tuck said. "Joe loves these kids and he's got them where they are now.

"I know he's back home somewhere enjoying it right now, but obviously his family comes first."

Girardi is expected to join the Marlins, who are 54-35 since an 11-31 start, no later than Thursday. Florida, which also got a homer from Josh Willingham, has outscored the opposition 53-29 during its winning streak.

Mulder, who entered this season as the winningest pitcher in the major leagues from 2001-05, has a 7.14 ERA. In his first start at home since June 3, Mulder struggled with both command and velocity, throwing 25 balls and 24 strikes and clocking in the mid-80s, according to the Busch Stadium radar.

"His velocity was down and it just didn't look like he had the bite on his off-speed pitches," Helms said. "I've faced him in years past and he can pop it pretty good and fool you pretty good on off speed."

Helms had a run-scoring single in the first and a two-run single to chase Mulder and cap a four-run second that put the Marlins ahead 5-1. Ramirez had an RBI triple off the base of the center-field wall and Uggla drove him in with a single earlier in the inning.

Preston Wilson hit the first leadoff home run of his career in the bottom of the first to tie the game at one. Olsen (11-7) didn't allow another hit until Gary Bennett singled to start the sixth, and with the help of three double plays he faced only one over the minimum through eight innings.

So thoroughly were the Cardinals dominated that they had no one left on base.

"To pitch like that, that's the ultimate goal," Olsen said. "Today was probably the best game I've had all year."

Olsen, a 22-year-old rookie, struck out four and walked one to win his second straight start after losing three in a row, exiting after throwing only 89 pitches. He also doubled and scored in the sixth, flied out to the warning track in right in the seventh and had a sacrifice bunt in the second.

Notes

  • Mulder also lasted 1 2/3 innings Sept. 24, 2005, at Milwaukee, giving up seven runs
  • New St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts threw out the first pitch.
  • Mulder is 2-5 with a 10.72 ERA on the road and 4-2 with a 4.03 ERA at home.
  • Ramirez is 9-for-18 with seven RBI against the Cardinals and his ninth triple set a franchise record, giving him one more than Alex Gonzalez in 1999.
  • Willingham (20) and Uggla (24) are the first-ever NL rookie teammates to hit 20 or more homers in a season. Uggla's two-run homer in the eighth was estimated at 449 feet, the longest at new Busch Stadium and 3 feet longer than one by Todd Hollandsworth of the Indians on June 25.
 
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Dan Uggla finishes 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and four RBI in the victory.  (AP)
Dan Uggla finishes 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and four RBI in the victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Florida

S. Olsen
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5331000 .278
Dan Uggla, 2B4234100 .296
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4120111 .338
Josh Willingham, LF3111212 .274
Wes Helms, 1B5033004 .296
Cody Ross, RF4010105 .228
Miguel Olivo, C5000023 .277
Alfredo Amezaga, CF4110110 .269
Scott Olsen, P3110001 .186
   a- Joe Borchard, PH1000000 .219
    Brian Moehler, P0000000 .077
Totals3891596516 
a-popped out for Olsen in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (30, Sosa), Scott Olsen (2, Hancock)
3B - Hanley Ramirez (9, Mulder)
HR - Dan Uggla (21, Sosa), Josh Willingham (20, Sosa)
SH - Hanley Ramirez (5), Scott Olsen (6)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (43), Dan Uggla 4 (79), Josh Willingham (62), Wes Helms 3 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (17), Dan Uggla (26), Wes Helms 3 (18)
SB - Dan Uggla (6, 3rd base off Hancock/Bennett), Miguel Cabrera (8, 2nd base off Hancock/Bennett)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Uggla-Helms, Uggla-H. Ramirez-Helms, Uggla-Helms, H. Ramirez-Uggla-Helms
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen (W,11-7) 8311141 4.24
Brian Moehler 1100000 6.04
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 89-59, Brian Moehler 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 11-6, Brian Moehler 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 25, Brian Moehler 3
St. Louis Cardinals
Preston Wilson, RF4111010 .265
Scott Spiezio, LF-3B3000000 .265
Albert Pujols, 1B3000000 .321
Scott Rolen, 3B3000000 .307
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
Juan Encarnacion, CF3000000 .282
Ronnie Belliard, 2B2010100 .284
Aaron Miles, SS2000011 .267
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .130
    So Taguchi, LF1000001 .265
Gary Bennett, C3020010 .252
Mark Mulder, P0000000 .280
    Josh Hancock, P1000010 .000
    Jose Vizcaino, SS2000002 .206
Totals27141144 
Batting
HR - Preston Wilson (12, Olsen)
RBI - Preston Wilson (59)
Fielding
DP - Belliard-Miles-Pujols, Vizcaino-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Mark Mulder (L,6-7) 1.2655310 7.14
Josh Hancock 3.2411120 3.47
Jorge Sosa 2533202 5.18
Tyler Johnson 1.2000020 4.80
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Mulder 49-24, Josh Hancock 48-31, Jorge Sosa 45-26, Tyler Johnson 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Mulder 3-1, Josh Hancock 4-4, Jorge Sosa 2-3
Batters Faced - Mark Mulder 14, Josh Hancock 15, Jorge Sosa 12, Tyler Johnson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40663
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Tim Welke