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Sanchez just plain dirty for seven innings against Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- Anibal Sanchez picked a good time to throw the best game of his young career for the Florida Marlins.

Sanchez (6-2) threw seven strong innings Friday night, giving up just one run and five hits, while striking out a career-high seven, to lead the Marlins to a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The loss was Milwaukee's eighth straight.

The win was important for the Marlins, who had dropped two straight games after reeling off a nine-game winning streak that had pushed them back into the National League wild card race.

Making his 12th start, Sanchez did not give up a hit until Prince Fielder had a broken-bat single in the fourth. In his last five starts, he is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA. Taylor Tankersley pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Joe Borowski gave up a solo homer to Laynce Nix before getting the final three outs for his 32nd save in 36 chances.

"I know I have to show that, because I want to make the rotation next year," Sanchez said. "I don't want to go back to the minor leagues."

Marlins manager Joe Girardi said Sanchez threw the best game of his career.

"It's got to be a pleasure to play behind him, and a pleasure to umpire behind him," Girardi said. "He goes out there and throws strikes."

Brewers manager Ned Yost said Sanchez is "special young pitcher."

"He does something you don't see a lot of young pitchers do and that is control himself on the mound," Yost said. "He's a true pitcher out there at a very young age. "

Chris Capuano (11-9) pitched seven innings for the Brewers and suffered his fifth loss in six decisions since he made the National League All-Star team. He gave up three runs and five hits, while striking out seven.

With the score tied 1-1, Wes Helms doubled with one out in the seventh inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch. One out later, Cody Ross, who came into the game with just two hits in his last 18 at-bats, hit a 2-1 pitch over the leftfield wall for his ninth home run of the season.

Ross said he was guessing that Capuano would throw a fastball, and that's what he hit for the home run.

"I figured he might throw it, and luckily I got good wood on it," Ross said.

Capuano said he threw Ross an inside fastball, similar to one he had success getting Ross out earlier in the game.

"It was totally my fault to throw him a 2-1 pitch where he could get good wood on it," he said.

The Brewers threatened in the seventh. After Damian Miller walked with two outs, pinch hitter Geoff Jenkins singled. But Sanchez struck out Corey Hart on a 3-2 pitch.

Helms' sacrifice fly in the fourth inning gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead.

The Brewers tied the score at 1-1 in the sixth inning. Hart doubled with one out, the first runner to reach second base against Sanchez. Tony Graffanino followed with a fly down the right field lane. Ross tried to make a sliding catch, but the ball got by him and Hart scored. Graffanino ended up at third with a triple.

Milwaukee was 0-7 on a road trip to Florida and Houston. The Marlins swept the Brewers in a four-game series last weekend. The eight-game losing streak matches the Brewers worst this season set from May 28-June 4.

Notes

  • Capuano picked Sanchez off first base after the Florida pitcher singled in the third inning. It was Capuano's sixth pick off of the season.
  • 3B Miguel Cabrera was back in the starting lineup after missing Thursday's game when he was drilled just above the elbow by a Jason Marquis fastball in the third inning of Wednesday's 13-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Cabrera was 0-for-4
  • Helms hit a double and sacrifice fly in his first trip to Miller Park since he left Brewers as a free agent following the 2005 season.
  • The ninth inning home run was Nix's first of the season. His last homer came on July 1, 2005 at Seattle.
 
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Florida's Anibel Sanchez strikes out a career-high seven as he improves to 6-2.  (AP)
Florida's Anibel Sanchez strikes out a career-high seven as he improves to 6-2. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

L. Nix
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Florida

C. Ross
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010001
Dan Uggla, 2B3100120
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4000021
Josh Willingham, LF4010020
Wes Helms, 1B3111000
Miguel Olivo, C3000012
Cody Ross, RF3122010
Alfredo Amezaga, CF3000001
Anibal Sanchez, P2010000
   a- Joe Borchard, PH1000000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000
    Joe Borowski, P0000000
Totals30363185 
a-flied out for Sanchez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Willingham (, Capuano), Wes Helms (, Capuano), Cody Ross (, Capuano)
HR - Cody Ross (, Capuano)
SF - Wes Helms ()
RBI - Wes Helms (), Cody Ross 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross 2 ()
CS - Hanley Ramirez (, 2nd base by Capellan/D. Miller)
PK - Anibal Sanchez (, Capuano)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Miguel Olivo (, )
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez (W,-) 7511270
Taylor Tankersley (H,) 1000020
Joe Borowski (S,) 1211011
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 110-72, Taylor Tankersley 9-7, Joe Borowski 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 6-8, Joe Borowski 1-1
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 28, Taylor Tankersley 3, Joe Borowski 5
Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, RF4110022
Tony Graffanino, 2B4011000
Prince Fielder, 1B4010010
Bill Hall, SS3000121
Laynce Nix, CF4111002
Kevin Mench, LF4000000
David Bell, 3B4010020
Damian Miller, C2000111
   a- Jeff Cirillo, PH1010000
Chris Capuano, P2000010
   b- Geoff Jenkins, PH1010000
    Jose Capellan, P0000000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000
   c- Vinny Rottino, PH1000011
Totals342722107 
a-singled for D. Miller in the 9th
b-singled for Capuano in the 7th
c-struck out for Cordero in the 9th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (, Sanchez)
3B - Tony Graffanino (, Sanchez)
HR - Laynce Nix (, Borowski)
RBI - Tony Graffanino (), Laynce Nix ()
Team LOB - 7
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano (L,-) 7533171
Jose Capellan 1100000
Francisco Cordero 1000010
WP - Chris Capuano ()
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 86-58, Jose Capellan 8-6, Francisco Cordero 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-8, Jose Capellan 1-1, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 26, Jose Capellan 3, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33334
Game Time - 2:19
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Jim Wolf