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Sanchez contains Reds, becomes fourth Marlins rookie with 10-win season

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- There's no arguing the Florida Marlins have plenty of good young pitching.

Anibal Sanchez became the fourth Marlins rookie to win at least 10 games and Hanley Ramirez hit two home runs, one inside the park, and the Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Wednesday night.

The Reds dropped 3½ games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central and had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Reds have one game left at Florida and three in Pittsburgh.

"If there was ever a 'must-win' situation, we have that for tomorrow," Reds shortstop Royce Clayton said. "We need a little help and we need to run the table."

The Marlins are the first team in major league history to have four rookie pitchers with 10 wins -- Sanchez (10-3), Scott Olsen (12-9), Josh Johnson (12-7) and Ricky Nolasco (11-10). Dontrelle Willis (12-12) gives the Marlins five 10-game winners for the first time in franchise history.

"It's hard to believe," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "No one has ever done it before and they have been playing baseball for a long time. It's amazing to be a part of."

Sanchez, who pitched the majors' only no-hitter this season on Sept. 6 against Arizona, allowed two runs and six hits and walked four in five innings.

"It wasn't my best start, but it was my best win," said Sanchez, who started 18 games since joining the Marlins on June 25. "I started counting my starts about a month ago. I'm happy I made my goal."

Reds starter Chris Michalak (2-4) gave up three runs and five hits in three innings. The 35-year-old Michalak was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 12, and has made six starts.

"We kept scrapping, doing everything we could to get back in the game," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "We just couldn't get a hit."

Ramirez hit his seventh leadoff homer of the season, tying him for the major league record for a rookie with Nomar Garciaparra, who hit seven with Boston in 1997.

His inside-the-park homer in the eighth hit the wall in left-center field and caromed away from center fielder Chris Denorfia toward right field. Ramirez easily beat the throw home.

"I saw the ball hit off the wall and I was going all the way," Ramirez said.

Wes Helms had four hits and two RBI and Miguel Cabrera had three hits for the Marlins.

Cincinnati, which left 15 runners on base, loaded the bases twice with two outs and could not score.

In the sixth, Renyel Pinto struck out Rich Aurilia to end the inning. In the seventh, Taylor Tankersley got pinch-hitter Ken Griffey Jr. to fly out to center.

"We didn't come up big with guys on base and they did," Aurilia said. "When opportunities are handed to you, you need to take advantage of it. Tonight, we didn't."

Notes

  • Michalak hasn't had a win as a starter since July 8, 2001, over the Montreal Expos as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Denorfia got his first career stolen base in the fifth.
  • The Marlins have 13 inside-the-park homers in franchise history.
 
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The Marlins embrace rookie Anibal Sanchez, who becomes the fifth pitcher with at least 10 wins.  (AP)
The Marlins embrace rookie Anibal Sanchez, who becomes the fifth pitcher with at least 10 wins. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

A. Sanchez
IP 5.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 4
K 2
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
Chris Denorfia, CF4120101 .289
Scott Hatteberg, 1B2000102 .290
   a- Edwin Encarnacion, PH-3B1000001 .281
Rich Aurilia, 3B-1B4031113 .297
Adam Dunn, LF4000135 .234
David Ross, C5010016 .257
Todd Hollandsworth, RF3120002 .251
   b- Norris Hopper, PH-RF1000100 .333
Royce Clayton, SS4010112 .258
Brandon Phillips, 2B5021000 .280
Chris Michalak, P1000010 .250
   c- Ray Olmedo, PH1000001 .211
    Jason Johnson, P0000000 .000
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
   d- Dewayne Wise, PH1000002 .212
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   e- Ken Griffey Jr., PH1000003 .252
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
Totals3721126728 
a-awarded first on catcher's interference for Hatteberg in the 6th
b-walked for Hollandsworth in the 7th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Michalak in the 4th
d-popped out for Bray in the 6th
e-flied out for Franklin in the 7th
Batting
2B - Todd Hollandsworth (18, Sanchez)
RBI - Rich Aurilia (67), Brandon Phillips (75)
SB - Chris Denorfia (1, 2nd base off Sanchez/Olivo)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
E - Royce Clayton (18, Throwing), Brandon Phillips (17, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Chris Michalak (L,2-4) 3533311 4.89
Jason Johnson 1.2421010 6.10
Bill Bray 0.1000000 4.17
Ryan Franklin 1000210 4.60
Todd Coffey 1.1322021 3.55
Gary Majewski 0.2200010 4.61
IBB - Olivo by Chris Michalak
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Michalak 61-35, Jason Johnson 28-21, Bill Bray 5-3, Ryan Franklin 19-10, Todd Coffey 17-12, Gary Majewski 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Michalak 5-3, Jason Johnson 2-2, Ryan Franklin 1-0, Gary Majewski 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Michalak 17, Jason Johnson 9, Bill Bray 1, Ryan Franklin 4, Todd Coffey 7, Gary Majewski 4
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4232100 .292
Dan Uggla, 2B5110012 .282
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3230200 .339
Josh Willingham, LF4110014 .277
    Eric Reed, CF1000011 .108
Wes Helms, 1B5142000 .328
Cody Ross, RF4001103 .237
Miguel Olivo, C3000113 .265
Alfredo Amezaga, CF-LF4021003 .264
Anibal Sanchez, P2000010 .114
   a- Joe Borchard, PH1000002 .235
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P1000011 .000
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
Totals3771465619 
a-lined out for Sanchez in the 5th
Batting
2B - Wes Helms (18, Michalak)
3B - Wes Helms (5, Coffey)
HR - Hanley Ramirez 2 (17, Michalak, Coffey)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (59), Wes Helms 2 (47), Cody Ross (46), Alfredo Amezaga (19)
2-OUT RBI - Alfredo Amezaga (6)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (15, 2nd base by Franklin/Ross)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Helms
E - Miguel Olivo (7, Interference)
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez (W,10-3) 5622420 2.83
Chris Resop (H,2) 0.2200000 3.72
Renyel Pinto (H,3) 1000120 3.25
Matt Herges0100100 4.08
Taylor Tankersley (H,22) 1.1200020 2.93
Joe Borowski 1000010 3.86
WP - Anibal Sanchez (4), Taylor Tankersley (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 99-54, Chris Resop 16-12, Renyel Pinto 20-9, Matt Herges 7-3, Taylor Tankersley 18-12, Joe Borowski 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 7-5, Chris Resop 1-1, Renyel Pinto 1-0, Taylor Tankersley 1-1, Joe Borowski 1-1
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 24, Chris Resop 4, Renyel Pinto 5, Matt Herges 2, Taylor Tankersley 6, Joe Borowski 3
Game Information
Attendance - 13295
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Larry Young, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Mike Everitt