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Marlins topple Royals as Olivo enjoys 5-for-5 night

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Miguel Olivo went 5-for-5, and cost himself a day off. Rick Vanden Hurk struck out a career-best seven batters, got the win and is headed for the minors.

Let Miguel Cabrera, who hit two home runs and had four RBI, put a little perspective on Florida's 9-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

"We won the game. And that's the most important thing," he said.

Cabrera, who tops all major league third basemen with 85 hits, was 2-for-5 and raised his average to .337. He connected off starter Jorge De La Rosa in the fifth and added a second two-run shot off Joel Peralta that made it 9-3 in the sixth.

John Buck homered twice for Kansas City, raising his team-leading total to 12.

Olivo had two doubles and three singles, tying a club record one night after going 3-for-4. It was the 11th time a Marlins batter had gone 5-for-5, and raised his average against the Royals to .416 (37-for-89) with 22 RBI. He also had a stolen base, raising his career total to 25.

And which team has he stolen the most bases (five) against? Kansas City, of course.

"I come here and I feel comfortable on this field," he said. "It's a beautiful park. And it's so big. I just let the ball come to me."

Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said before the game he would give Olivo a day off Sunday.

"I think we're going to let Olivo catch tomorrow," he said with a grin afterward.

Cabrera's 16 home runs trail only Alex Rodriguez among big league third basemen.

"Cabrera's Cabrera," Gonzalez said. "He's got a chance to win player of the week every week the way he swings the bat. He's not one of those guys who gets in bad funks."

Vanden Hurk (2-2) went six-plus innings for the Marlins and gave up six runs -- five earned. He walked two in his sixth major league start. He learned afterward he's going down to Double-A Carolina. The Marlins are making room for right-hander Josh Johnson, who is coming off the DL.

"We want him to keep pitching every five days. We don't want to stick him in the bullpen," Gonzalez said. "He means a lot to this organization. He knows he can pitch here and we know he can pitch here."

Vanden Hurk took the news calmly.

"It's always possible. We're blessed to play this game," he said. "I'm just going to go back down and do the same thing like always. I'm going to work hard."

Kevin Gregg allowed Esteban German's RBI single in the ninth before finishing up for his 11th save in 11 chances. Gregg got Mark Teahen to hit into a double play -- for the third time in the game -- and Mike Sweeney flied out.

It was the fourth loss in five starts for De La Rosa (4-7), who gave up seven runs and 13 hits in 4 2/3 innings, with one walk and four strikeouts. The right-hander hasn't won since May 13 and was coming off his shortest outing of the year.

He gave up back-to-back doubles by Alfredo Amezaga and Dan Uggla leading off the game. After Cabrera's first two-run homer in the fifth, Olivo doubled home a run and scored on Jason Wood's RBI single for a 7-3 lead.

Sweeney doubled home two runs in the first, and Buck homered leading off the second. His second homer, off Armando Benitez in the eighth, made it 9-7.

"I just try to stay within myself," Buck said. "I was just trying to make solid contact and I got some good wood on it."

The Royals scored three times in the seventh, starting with an RBI double by Tony Pena Jr. After Joey Gathright chased Vanden Hurk with a bloop single, David DeJesus greeted reliever Taylor Tankersley with a two-run single that cut it to 9-6.

Notes

  • German, the Royals' appointed fill-in while 2B Mark Grudzielanek recovers from knee surgery, was supposed to get the night off to rest his sore back and hip. He pinch hit in the seventh and stayed in. His replacement, Fernando Cortez, got his second and third major league hits.
  • Cabrera's previous multihomer game was Aug. 23 at Washington.
  • Florida LHP Dontrelle Willis hand is just fine and he will make his regularly scheduled start Tuesday at the Chicago White Sox. There was concern he had injured the hand while covering first base on Thursday.
 
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Miguel Olivo is perfect at the plate, going 5-for-5 with two doubles and three singles plus a run.  (AP)
Miguel Olivo is perfect at the plate, going 5-for-5 with two doubles and three singles plus a run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

J. Buck
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 

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Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, CF5110026 .249
Dan Uggla, 2B4221102 .265
Hanley Ramirez, SS5120013 .320
Miguel Cabrera, DH5224013 .337
Josh Willingham, LF5011010 .257
Jeremy Hermida, RF5220011 .221
Miguel Olivo, C5151000 .252
Aaron Boone, 3B4011103 .267
Jason Wood, 1B4011114 .212
Totals42917937  
Batting
2B - Alfredo Amezaga (6, De La Rosa), Dan Uggla (26, De La Rosa), Hanley Ramirez (16, De La Rosa), Miguel Olivo 2 (12, De La Rosa, De La Rosa)
HR - Miguel Cabrera 2 (16, De La Rosa, Peralta)
RBI - Dan Uggla (39), Miguel Cabrera 4 (51), Josh Willingham (46), Miguel Olivo (32), Aaron Boone (25), Jason Wood (13)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Willingham (16), Miguel Olivo (7), Jason Wood (4)
SB - Miguel Olivo (2, 3rd base off Musser/Buck)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Wood, Uggla-H. Ramirez, Uggla-H. Ramirez-Wood
E - Armando Benitez (1, Misplayed grounder), Josh Willingham 2 (2, Dropped fly)
Florida Marlins
Rick Vanden Hurk (W,2-2) 6765271 8.38
Taylor Tankersley 0.2100100 6.05
Matt Lindstrom (H,11) 0.1000000 3.77
Armando Benitez (H,4) 1111021 3.91
Kevin Gregg (S,11) 1211000 2.77
WP - Rick Vanden Hurk (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Vanden Hurk 95-59, Taylor Tankersley 15-8, Matt Lindstrom 2-1, Armando Benitez 19-11, Kevin Gregg 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Vanden Hurk 4-7, Armando Benitez 2-0, Kevin Gregg 1-1
Batters Faced - Rick Vanden Hurk 27, Taylor Tankersley 3, Matt Lindstrom 1, Armando Benitez 5, Kevin Gregg 4
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF5122010 .268
Fernando Cortez, 2B3120000 .667
   a- Esteban German, PH-2B1011100 .265
Mark Teahen, RF4100112 .286
Mike Sweeney, DH5012011 .249
Alex Gordon, 3B4010011 .210
Ryan Shealy, 1B4000033 .209
John Buck, C3322101 .272
Tony Pena, SS4111011 .277
Joey Gathright, LF4110011 .286
Totals37811839  
a-walked for Cortez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Sweeney (10, Vanden Hurk), Tony Pena (9, Vanden Hurk)
3B - David DeJesus (4, Gregg)
HR - John Buck 2 (12, Vanden Hurk, Benitez)
RBI - David DeJesus 2 (23), Esteban German (19), Mike Sweeney 2 (31), John Buck 2 (24), Tony Pena (19)
2-OUT RBI - John Buck (6)
SB - Alex Gordon (6, 2nd base off Vanden Hurk/Olivo)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Cortez-Pena-Shealy, German-Pena-Shealy
Kansas City Royals
Jorge De La Rosa (L,4-7) 4.21377141 5.23
Joel Peralta 1.1122121 3.89
Neal Musser 2.1300110 7.20
David Riske 0.2000000 3.07
IBB - A. Boone by Jorge De La Rosa
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 86-56, Joel Peralta 29-17, Neal Musser 39-22, David Riske 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 5-4, Joel Peralta 1-1, Neal Musser 2-3, David Riske 1-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 27, Joel Peralta 6, Neal Musser 10, David Riske 2
Game Information
Attendance - 24323
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Ed Montague