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Marlins 10, Rockies 2

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DENVER -- The Florida Marlins have won four in a row. Colorado dropped its third straight.

The last-place Marlins put another dent in Colorado's slim postseason hopes, beating the slumping Rockies 10-2 Saturday night.

Miguel Cabrera hit his first career grand slam and Hanley Ramirez tied a career-high with three stolen bases as the Marlins matched their longest winning streak of the season.

Colorado has lost three in a row for the first time since dropping eight straight in June. The Rockies entered 3½ games behind the NL wild-card leading San Diego Padres and also trail Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

"These are desperate times," Todd Helton said. "We have to play like a desperate team. Maybe we can get lucky and get some help."

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said his team is embracing playing meaningful games in September -- as a playoff spoiler.

"Absolutely," Gonzalez said. "If you don't, then you're not a competitor. Everybody in that room's a competitor, whether it's pingpong or marbles."

The Rockies are trying to keep an even-keel approach. But it's difficult with the losses mounting and time running out.

"This team has show itself to be resilient," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We needed wins the past two games and didn't get them. We need a win tomorrow."

Gonzalez could hardly believe it when he was informed that Cabrera's grand slam was the first of his career.

"Wow," he said.

That pretty much summed up Cabrera's 438-foot homer to center. It was the fifth grand slam by the Marlins this season.

"I feel excited," said Cabrera, who was able to get the ball.

Cabrera finished 3-for-5 and drove in a season-high five runs, pushing his season total to 104 RBI. He joined Alex Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero as the only players to reach the 100-RBI plateau in each of the last four seasons.

"It means a lot," Cabrera said. "You have to be consistent every year."

Ramirez had two singles to give him 193 hits, tying for the NL lead with Jimmy Rollins and Matt Holliday. Ramirez's three stolen bases tied a career high. He also had three against the New York Mets earlier this season.

Logan Kensing (1-0) pitched two innings in relief for the win, just his second career major league.

Florida starter Sergio Mitre went 4 2/3 innings before being pulled for Renyel Pinto with two outs in the fifth and the bases loaded. Pinto got Helton to ground out to first to end the inning.

And Gonzalez said before the game he wasn't going to throw Pinto into a pressure-packed situation, either. Pinto has been nursing a strained left shoulder.

"How about that?" Gonzalez said with a grin. "I said the eighth, this was the fifth."

Ubaldo Jimenez (3-4) struggled with his command from the outset and was lifted for a pinch hitter in the third. He gave up five runs -- two earned -- and five hits in three innings. He also had four walks and five strikeouts.

"I couldn't find the strike zone," he explained.

Florida scored the three unearned runs -- all with two outs -- in the third. Miguel Olivo had a two-run double and Josh Willingham added an RBI double.

Olivo added another RBI double in the ninth.

Ramirez led off the game with a walk and then stole second and third. Jeremy Hermida lined a shot past the diving Cory Sullivan in center field for an RBI triple, Ramirez's first triple of the season. It extended Hermida's hitting streak to 11 games.

Ramirez has 49 stolen bases and 28 home runs this season. He's attempting to become just the third player in major league history to reach 30 homers and 50 stolen bases following Eric Davis (37 homers, 50 stolen bases) in 1987 and Barry Bonds (33-52) in 1990.

Cabrera said that just because the Marlins have been eliminated, it doesn't mean the games lose importance.

"These are games aren't they?" Cabrera said. "You play games to win. We want to win."

Notes

Jimenez's fastball reached 100 mph on a pitch to Cabrera in the first inning. ... 2B Kaz Matsui took ground balls Saturday, but there's no timetable on his return. Matsui has been hampered by a right hamstring strain. ... The Marlins tied a season high with five stolen bases. ... It's the first time Colorado has lost two straight at Coors Field since Aug. 22-23 against Pittsburgh.

 
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Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Florida

M. Olivo
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4220101 .333
Dan Uggla, 2B5000033 .244
Jeremy Hermida, RF4311100 .290
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5135012 .323
    Alfredo Amezaga, PR-3B0100000 .265
Josh Willingham, LF5111022 .267
    Brett Carroll, LF0000000 .182
Mike Jacobs, 1B3100221 .271
Miguel Olivo, C5033021 .238
Alejandro De Aza, CF3000212 .220
Sergio Mitre, P2000003 .079
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   a- Reggie Abercrombie, PH0100000 .208
    Logan Kensing, P1000001 .000
    Chris Seddon, P0000000 .000
    Daniel Barone, P0000000 .125
Totals37101010611  
a-hit by pitch for Pinto in the 6th
Batting
2B - Josh Willingham (32, Jimenez), Miguel Olivo 2 (18, Jimenez, Newman)
3B - Jeremy Hermida (1, Jimenez)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (32, Morillo)
RBI - Jeremy Hermida (55), Miguel Cabrera 5 (104), Josh Willingham (89), Miguel Olivo 3 (58)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 4 (35), Josh Willingham (32), Miguel Olivo 3 (16)
SB - Hanley Ramirez 3 (49, 2nd base off Jimenez/Torrealba, 3rd base off Jimenez/Torrealba, 2nd base off Morillo/Torrealba), Jeremy Hermida (3, 2nd base off Jimenez/Torrealba), Miguel Cabrera (2, 2nd base off Jimenez/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Jacobs, Cabrera-Uggla-Jacobs, H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs
E - Alejandro De Aza (1, Dropped fly)
Florida Marlins
Sergio Mitre 4.2511400 4.65
Renyel Pinto 0.1000000 4.08
Logan Kensing (W,1-0) 2100110 1.29
Chris Seddon 1110000 10.50
Daniel Barone 1000000 4.88
HBP - Tulowitzki (by Sergio Mitre)
WP - Sergio Mitre (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Sergio Mitre 74-35, Renyel Pinto 3-1, Logan Kensing 23-12, Chris Seddon 14-12, Daniel Barone 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sergio Mitre 9-2, Renyel Pinto 1-0, Daniel Barone 2-1
Batters Faced - Sergio Mitre 21, Renyel Pinto 1, Logan Kensing 8, Chris Seddon 5, Daniel Barone 3
Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF5010002 .315
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3010100 .295
Matt Holliday, LF3000103 .330
    Denny Bautista, P0000000 .000
    Edwin Bellorin, C0000000 .000
Todd Helton, 1B2000103 .313
   a- Jeff Baker, PH-1B1000000 .221
Garrett Atkins, 3B4020000 .289
Brad Hawpe, RF4100003 .276
Yorvit Torrealba, C3021110 .257
    Josh Newman, P0000000 .000
Omar Quintanilla, 2B3000103 .233
Ubaldo Jimenez, P0000000 .118
   b- Ian Stewart, PH1000001 .216
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .130
   c- Clint Barmes, PH1110000 .222
    Juan Morillo, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Ortiz, P0000000 .250
   d- Joe Koshansky, PH1000001 .000
    Ryan Spilborghs, LF1000000 .288
Totals3227151  
a-flied out for Helton in the 8th
b-flied out for Jimenez in the 3rd
c-singled for Buchholz in the 5th
d-flied out for Ortiz in the 7th
Batting
2B - Yorvit Torrealba (18, Seddon)
RBI - Yorvit Torrealba (43)
2-OUT RBI - Yorvit Torrealba (15)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Helton-Atkins-Quintanilla
E - Ubaldo Jimenez (3, Missed catch of throw)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,3-4) 3552450 4.13
Taylor Buchholz 2100010 4.47
Juan Morillo 0.2244111 9.82
Ryan Speier 0.1000000 4.26
Ramon Ortiz 1000110 5.50
Denny Bautista 1000010 12.46
Josh Newman 1211020 4.50
IBB - Jacobs by Ubaldo Jimenez, by De Aza
HBP - Abercrombie (by Juan Morillo)
WP - Josh Newman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 66-35, Taylor Buchholz 23-13, Juan Morillo 23-13, Ryan Speier 4-3, Ramon Ortiz 12-7, Denny Bautista 10-7, Josh Newman 19-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 2-2, Taylor Buchholz 2-3, Ramon Ortiz 1-1, Josh Newman 1-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 18, Taylor Buchholz 7, Juan Morillo 6, Ryan Speier 1, Ramon Ortiz 4, Denny Bautista 3, Josh Newman 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26079
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman