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Marlins rally from five-run hole, best reeling D-Backs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- For a team that overcame an 11-31 start, a five-run deficit was nothing.

The resilient Florida Marlins became the first club in major league history to climb above .500 after being 20 games under, rallying Monday to beat reeling Arizona 8-5.

"I don't think we're surprised at what we're doing," closer Joe Borowski said. "But I'm sure everybody else is shocked."

Joe Borchard's three-run homer capped a six-run sixth inning against the Diamondbacks, who have lost six in a row despite leading in each of the past five games.

With four consecutive victories, the Marlins (69-68) have a winning record for the first time. They were 11-31 on May 21.

Florida, which has the youngest team and lowest payroll in the major leagues, is two games behind San Diego, the NL wild-card leader.

"It's incredible," Borchard said. "We're playing for something very important, and every single one of us wants it badly. Why not? We've got a shot at this thing."

The Diamondbacks, fading from the playoff picture, have lost 14 of 17 to fall nine games below .500 for the first time.

"It's a terrible time to go in a slump as a team," third baseman Chad Tracy said. "We pretty much have to win out the rest of the year to have a chance. I think everybody knows that."

Florida, starting a 10-game homestand following a weekend sweep at Milwaukee, trailed 4-0 after one inning and 5-0 after five.

"It looked like we were still in Milwaukee -- that's how bad we looked," Borowski said. "Before you knew it, we were leading 6-5."

Dan Uggla capped the scoring with a two-run homer, his 22nd, to break Jeff Conine's franchise record for RBI by a rookie with 81. Uggla also made a key play on the basepaths and twice robbed Arizona of hits with diving stops at second base.

"He showed in this game that he's able to do everything," manager Joe Girardi said.

Arizona's Enrique Gonzalez (3-7) allowed only one hit in the first five innings, then gave up six in the sixth. A key play came with two out, one run in and runners at first and second, when Josh Willingham hit a high-hopper to Tracy. Uggla, running from second to third, dodged the grounder as he ran past Tracy, who hesitated before throwing late to first.

"I didn't know which way to go, so I just stutter-stepped," Uggla said.

Three consecutive hits followed, including a two-run single by Mike Jacobs and Borchard's eighth homer. Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said the home run was the first hard-hit ball off Gonzalez.

"Up to that point, it's as well as he pitched all year," Melvin said.

Gonzalez lost his fifth consecutive decision and remained winless in his past nine starts.

Florida's often-shaky bullpen shut out Arizona over the final four innings. Randy Messenger (2-7), recalled before the game from Class A Jupiter, pitched a perfect sixth, and Borowski earned his 33rd save in 38 chances with a 1-2-3 ninth.

That gave the Diamondbacks their eighth consecutive road defeat.

"Obviously we stole that one from them," Uggla said.

Arizona scored four runs in the first off Brian Moehler, and Eric Byrnes added his 21st home run in the fifth.

Moehler, making a spot start with rookie right-hander Ricky Nolasco sidelined by a sore hamstring, allowed seven hits and five runs in five innings. Moehler's ERA in 17 starts this season rose to 6.95.

The right-hander nearly escaped the first inning without giving up a run, but the Marlins failed to turn a double play that would have ended the inning, which allowed Chris Young to score from third. Johnny Estrada followed with a two-run RBI single, and Connor Jackson doubled home two more runs.

Notes

  • The Marlins recalled RHP Jose Garcia from Double-A Carolina, and Girardi said the team will likely add two more players Tuesday.
  • Byrnes' 21 homers are a career high. He had 20 in 2004.
  • Uggla broke the Marlins' rookie record of 79 RBI set by Conine in 1993, the team's first season.
  • Arizona center fielder Young made a running catch on the warning track before slamming into the wall to rob Miguel Olivo of an extra-base hit.
 
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After pitching five scoreless innings, Arizona's Enrique Gonzalez allows six in the fifth.  (AP)
After pitching five scoreless innings, Arizona's Enrique Gonzalez allows six in the fifth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Borchard
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

E. Byrnes
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF3100110 .321
Orlando Hudson, 2B4020100 .289
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000014 .275
Eric Byrnes, RF4222011 .279
Johnny Estrada, C4111002 .302
Chad Tracy, 3B3110100 .277
Conor Jackson, 1B4012012 .278
Craig Counsell, SS3000001 .262
   a- Damion Easley, PH-SS1000000 .216
Enrique Gonzalez, P3000000 .290
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Douglas Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Greg Aquino, P0000000 .000
   b- Andy Green, PH1000010 .208
Totals345753510 
a-popped out for Counsell in the 8th
b-struck out for Aquino in the 9th
Batting
2B - Conor Jackson (20, Moehler)
HR - Eric Byrnes (21, Moehler)
RBI - Eric Byrnes 2 (63), Johnny Estrada (66), Conor Jackson 2 (64)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Estrada (25), Conor Jackson 2 (27)
SB - Eric Byrnes (20, 2nd base off Moehler/Olivo)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Tracy-Hudson-Jackson, Estrada-Easley
Arizona Diamondbacks
Enrique Gonzalez (L,3-7) 6766141 5.64
Brandon Medders 1222101 3.88
Douglas Slaten 0.1100000 0.00
Greg Aquino 0.2000010 4.46
Pitches-Strikes - Enrique Gonzalez 80-52, Brandon Medders 32-21, Douglas Slaten 8-6, Greg Aquino 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Enrique Gonzalez 6-7, Brandon Medders 1-2
Batters Faced - Enrique Gonzalez 25, Brandon Medders 6, Douglas Slaten 2, Greg Aquino 1
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4000002 .285
Dan Uggla, 2B4222020 .291
Miguel Cabrera, 3B2111210 .337
Josh Willingham, LF4110002 .280
Mike Jacobs, 1B3112000 .273
    Wes Helms, 1B1010000 .309
Joe Borchard, RF4123001 .226
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
Miguel Olivo, C4000022 .270
Alfredo Amezaga, CF3120000 .279
Brian Moehler, P1000000 .074
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeremy Hermida, PH1100001 .254
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   b- Robert Andino, PH0000000 .211
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Cody Ross, RF0000000 .226
Totals318108258 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Messenger in the 6th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Pinto in the 7th
Batting
HR - Dan Uggla (22, Medders), Joe Borchard (8, En. Gonzalez)
SH - Robert Andino (1)
RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (81), Miguel Cabrera (102), Mike Jacobs 2 (72), Joe Borchard 3 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (28), Miguel Cabrera (35), Mike Jacobs 2 (36), Joe Borchard 3 (17)
SB - Miguel Cabrera (9, 2nd base off Medders/Estrada)
CS - Wes Helms (4, 2nd base by Aquino/Estrada)
Team LOB - 2
Florida Marlins
Brian Moehler 5755211 6.18
Randy Messenger (W,2-7) 1000000 6.34
Renyel Pinto (H,2) 1000120 3.10
Taylor Tankersley (H,18) 1000000 2.59
Joe Borowski (S,33) 1000020 3.51
HBP - Young (by Brian Moehler)
WP - Renyel Pinto 2 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 75-47, Randy Messenger 13-8, Renyel Pinto 19-10, Taylor Tankersley 15-9, Joe Borowski 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 8-6, Randy Messenger 2-1, Renyel Pinto 1-0, Taylor Tankersley 1-2
Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 25, Randy Messenger 3, Renyel Pinto 4, Taylor Tankersley 3, Joe Borowski 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12191
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Dusty Dellinger