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Uggla homers twice, drives in six as Marlins batter Nats

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Wes Obermueller was rewarded for giving the Florida Marlins some much-needed innings in his return to the major leagues.

Dan Uggla homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs, and Obermueller earned his first major league victory in almost two years to lead the Marlins to a 12-6 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Miguel Cabrera hit a drive into the upper deck and Josh Willingham also homered for Florida. Uggla had three hits.

"It was another dream come true," Obermueller said. "This is what you work for all that time, to get back."

Obermueller (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in six-plus innings. He walked four and struck out five. Kevin Gregg pitched three innings to earn his first save.

"We won the game and gave the bullpen a rest," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "(Obermueller and Gregg) knew what was at stake."

Obermueller had not pitched in the majors since Sept. 17, 2005, with Milwaukee and his previous win came on May 17, 2005, at Washington. The right-hander spent 2006 with Triple-A Richmond in Atlanta's farm system and Orix of the Japanese League.

"They critique you real hard over in Japan, so you have to have more inner strength," Obermueller said. "That's one thing I've needed."

Washington's Jerome Williams (0-4) gave up 10 runs, nine earned, and nine hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out two.

"I told him before the game, we needed seven innings, I need an effort," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "That's why I appreciate what the kid did. I told him I felt sorry that he had to take it for us, but he did take it for us. That's good. That's a good sign."

Ryan Zimmerman hit his first career grand slam in the ninth inning for the Nationals, his first homer of the season. Jesus Flores had a two-run double in the seventh.

Cabrera homered with one out in the third to give Florida a 4-0 lead. Cabrera's fifth home run traveled an estimated 467 feet and came on an 0-2 pitch. He was in the lineup after missing two games with a stiff right torso.

"I wanted to go in," Williams said. "I actually got part of the plate, he put that ball in the upper deck. It's just mental. A mental mistake."

Uggla's three-run homer in the fourth increased Florida's lead to 7-0. Uggla's 466-foot homer was his second this season and followed Obermueller's double and a walk to Hanley Ramirez.

"It's probably not the last time Miguel's going to beat me in a home run distance contest," Uggla said.

Uggla's third homer was a two-run shot in the eighth.

The Marlins went ahead 10-0 on Willingham's two-run homer in the sixth.

Notes

  • Acta pulled CF Ryan Church from the game in the second for "not running hard" on a groundout to lead off the second. "I got his message -- loud and clear," Church said.
  • Ramirez has hit safely in nine straight games.
  • Gregg's save was his first since April 23, 2004, while with the Angels.
  • Flores had two doubles, his first hits in the majors.
 
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Dan Uggla drives in a career-high six runs and homers twice, including a 466-foot shot.  (AP)
Dan Uggla drives in a career-high six runs and homers twice, including a 466-foot shot. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 6
Florida

W. Obermueller
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 4
K 5
 
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, SS3000121 .296
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
   a- Michael Restovich, PH1000013 .364
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4000124 .268
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5124001 .241
Dmitri Young, 1B4000122 .273
Austin Kearns, RF-CF4010014 .260
Ryan Church, CF1000000 .294
    Chris Snelling, LF3110011 .238
Robert Fick, LF-RF3210100 .167
Jesus Flores, C3122100 .222
Jerome Williams, P2000011 .000
   b- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH1000011 .077
    Josh Wilson, SS0100100 .125
Totals34676611  
a-struck out for C. Cordero in the 9th
b-struck out for Williams in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jesus Flores 2 (2, Obermueller, Gregg)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (1, Gregg)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 4 (8), Jesus Flores 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 4 (6)
SB - Felipe Lopez (3, 2nd base off Obermueller/Olivo)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Felipe Lopez (4, Throwing), Josh Wilson 2 (4, Throwing), Ryan Zimmerman (4, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Jerome Williams (L,0-4) 69109423 7.77
Jon Rauch 1000010 5.56
Chad Cordero 1321011 5.79
WP - Jerome Williams (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 115-69, Jon Rauch 12-9, Chad Cordero 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 10-7, Jon Rauch 2-1, Chad Cordero 3-1
Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 32, Jon Rauch 4, Chad Cordero 8
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4310101 .356
Dan Uggla, 2B5336000 .260
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4111000 .327
    Jason Wood, 1B1000000 .200
Josh Willingham, LF5122000 .279
Joe Borchard, RF3110200 .230
Aaron Boone, 1B-3B4120110 .333
Miguel Olivo, C5112016 .222
Alfredo Amezaga, CF5000016 .205
Wes Obermueller, P3110001 .333
    Kevin Gregg, P1000011 .000
Totals4012121144  
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (4, Williams), Miguel Olivo (3, Williams), Wes Obermueller (1, Williams)
HR - Dan Uggla 2 (3, Williams, C. Cordero), Miguel Cabrera (5, Williams), Josh Willingham (2, Williams)
RBI - Dan Uggla 6 (12), Miguel Cabrera (14), Josh Willingham 2 (12), Miguel Olivo 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Willingham 2 (3)
Team LOB - 8
Florida Marlins
Wes Obermueller (W,1-0) 6422450 3.00
Kevin Gregg (S,1) 3344261 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Wes Obermueller 111-70, Kevin Gregg 55-34
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wes Obermueller 4-9
Batters Faced - Wes Obermueller 26, Kevin Gregg 14
Game Information
Attendance - 18443
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg