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Giants rally to finish off four-game sweep of Marlins

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- The San Francisco Giants have finally learned how to win on the road.

In Miami, at least.

Bengie Molina drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning with his third RBI single, and the last-place Giants overcame a four-run deficit Monday to complete a four-game sweep with an 8-7 win over the Florida Marlins.

The Giants won their fifth consecutive game for their longest road winning streak since Aug. 21-Sept. 5, 2005. San Francisco finished 6-3 on its first winning trip of the year -- a bright spot in a disappointing season.

"With all we've gone through, I couldn't be prouder of these guys," manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's a great win, a great series, a great road trip. They're fighting. That's all I can ask."

The news wasn't all good for the Giants: Starter Russ Ortiz left the game in the fifth inning with a strained elbow and is scheduled to undergo an MRI test Tuesday. He has already spent two stints on the disabled list this season with arm trouble.

Each team played without its slugger in the starting lineup. Barry Bonds sat out for the second day in a row, and the Marlins' Miguel Cabrera was a late scratch because he arrived to the ballpark 30 minutes later than required.

Cabrera pinch hit in the eighth and singled home Florida's final run.

"Everybody makes mistakes," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He was remorseful. We go on."

Announced attendance was 10,907, but the actual crowd for the afternoon game was less than 2,500 -- the smallest yet this season for the Marlins, who rank last in the NL in attendance.

Jeremy Hermida hit a three-run homer for the Marlins, and was greeted in front of the dugout with a hug from Cabrera. That gave Florida a 4-0 lead, but the Giants came back despite stranding 14 runners.

They finished with 17 hits. Catcher Molina went 4-for-5, which compensated for a throwing error he made that allowed Florida to score for a 5-all tie in the fifth.

The Giants took the lead for good in the next inning. Dave Roberts led off with a triple off Ross Wolf (0-1) and came home on a one-out single by Molina.

"Everybody is relaxing a little bit, playing together and picking each other up," Molina said. "It's making a difference now. This is what we need to do -- to finish up the season strong."

The Marlins thought they had Molina struck out in the fifth, but his swing with two strikes was ruled a foul tip. He then hit an RBI single off Sergio Mitre for a 4-all tie.

"The umpire got it wrong -- he wasn't even close to hitting the ball," Mitre said. "The umpire missed it. But I've got to make a pitch after that."

Plate umpire Paul Schrieber ejected Marlins pitching coach Rick Kranitz for arguing about the call.

Rich Aurilia had three hits for the Giants. Omar Vizquel drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a single.

Jack Taschner (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings despite three walks. With Brad Hennessey getting the day off after converting saves in three consecutive games, Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his first save of the year.

That completed a 3-hour, 43-minute marathon on an 89-degree day.

"It was an exhausting game. A long game. Hot," Bochy said. "But we got the last out."

The four-game sweep was the first on the road for the Giants since Aug. 14-17, 2006, when they won four at San Diego. They swept a series from the Marlins for the first time since May 6-8, 2003, and improved to 75-45 against Florida.

The Marlins lost their sixth consecutive game, matching their longest losing streak of the season. They went 1-6 on their homestand.

Catcher Miguel Olivo returned to the Marlins' lineup after sitting out two games with a groin injury. He hit his 11th homer but also dropped a throw for an error to allow the Giants to score their final run.

"Nothing went right," Gonzalez said. "The effort is there. As long as you see the effort and they're trying and you see on their faces at the end of the game that it hurts, there's nothing much you can do."

Notes

  • The Giants' bullpen is so weary Bochy let RHP Vinnie Chulk bat with one out in the seventh with San Francisco leading 6-5. Chulk reached on an infield single, his first career hit.
  • Marlins 2B Dan Uggla lost track of the outs in the seventh and made a double-play relay throw when the inning was over. "That happens," Gonzalez said.
  • Molina's four hits matched his career high.
 
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Randy Winn and the Giants seem to be a step ahead of the Marlins the entire four-game set.  (Getty Images)
Randy Winn and the Giants seem to be a step ahead of the Marlins the entire four-game set. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
Florida

J. Hermida
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Dave Roberts, LF6120015 .268
Randy Winn, RF4110103 .287
Ryan Klesko, 1B4210224 .275
Bengie Molina, C5243001 .278
Ray Durham, 2B4210125 .224
Rich Aurilia, 3B5031014 .258
    Kevin Correia, P0000000 .333
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Omar Vizquel, SS3022100 .248
Russ Ortiz, P3011003 .176
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Vinnie Chulk, P1010000 .333
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
    Scott Atchison, P0000001 .000
    Pedro Feliz, 3B1000000 .252
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Batting
2B - Randy Winn (32, Mitre), Rich Aurilia (16, Mitre)
3B - Dave Roberts (7, Wolf)
SF - Omar Vizquel (3)
RBI - Bengie Molina 3 (71), Rich Aurilia (28), Omar Vizquel 2 (36), Russ Ortiz (3)
2-OUT RBI - Bengie Molina (38), Omar Vizquel (11), Russ Ortiz (3)
SB - Rajai Davis (14, 2nd base off Gregg/Olivo), Ryan Klesko (4, 2nd base off Mitre/Olivo)
CS - Omar Vizquel (6, 3rd base by Tankersley/Olivo)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Aurilia-Durham-Klesko
E - Bengie Molina (8, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
Russ Ortiz 4654201 5.51
Jack Taschner (W,3-1) 1.1100330 5.11
Vinnie Chulk (H,9) 1000010 3.66
Steve Kline (H,5) 0.1000000 4.66
Scott Atchison (H,3) 0.2322011 6.17
Kevin Correia (H,12) 0.2000010 3.90
Brian Wilson (S,1) 1000110 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Russ Ortiz 60-36, Jack Taschner 31-17, Vinnie Chulk 14-7, Steve Kline 1-1, Scott Atchison 19-14, Kevin Correia 5-4, Brian Wilson 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Russ Ortiz 4-7, Jack Taschner 1-0, Vinnie Chulk 1-1, Brian Wilson 1-1
Batters Faced - Russ Ortiz 19, Jack Taschner 8, Vinnie Chulk 3, Steve Kline 1, Scott Atchison 5, Kevin Correia 2, Brian Wilson 4
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4100104 .336
Alejandro De Aza, CF4000013 .272
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Josh Willingham, LF4110110 .273
Mike Jacobs, 1B4110111 .261
Dan Uggla, 2B4121101 .247
Jeremy Hermida, RF3123012 .272
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Wood, PH1000010 .268
    Cody Ross, RF1000011 .297
Miguel Olivo, C4121002 .239
Alfredo Amezaga, 3B-CF4110013 .265
Sergio Mitre, P1000102 .091
    Ross Wolf, P0000000 .000
    Todd Linden, RF0000100 .237
   b- Miguel Cabrera, PH-3B1011000 .331
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b-singled for Linden in the 8th
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HR - Jeremy Hermida (11, Ortiz), Miguel Olivo (11, Atchison)
SH - Alejandro De Aza (4)
RBI - Dan Uggla (70), Jeremy Hermida 3 (40), Miguel Olivo (45), Miguel Cabrera (90)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (14), Jeremy Hermida 3 (18)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (39, off Taschner/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Willingham 1
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Jacobs
E - Miguel Olivo (10, Missed catch of throw)
Florida Marlins
Sergio Mitre 4.21155310 4.02
Ross Wolf (L,0-1) 0.2211000 9.64
Matt Lindstrom 1.2200020 3.51
Taylor Tankersley 1221120 5.06
Kevin Gregg 1000110 2.96
HBP - Winn (by Ross Wolf), Davis (by Kevin Gregg)
WP - Taylor Tankersley (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Sergio Mitre 101-62, Ross Wolf 18-12, Matt Lindstrom 19-14, Taylor Tankersley 20-11, Kevin Gregg 21-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sergio Mitre 6-6, Ross Wolf 1-1, Matt Lindstrom 3-0
Batters Faced - Sergio Mitre 27, Ross Wolf 5, Matt Lindstrom 7, Taylor Tankersley 5, Kevin Gregg 5
Game Information
Attendance - 10907
Game Time - 3:43
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Scott Barry