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"It's pretty nice to have Jacobs back in the lineup," Olsen said in a near-shout.
Jacobs looked over at his grinning teammate.
"Thanks, buddy," Jacobs said. "You better say that with me sitting right here."
Olsen was joking, but he spoke the truth. Back in the starting lineup for the first time since May 7, Jacobs hit an RBI triple and a two-run homer Saturday to help the Marlins beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3.
The result ended the Royals' five-game winning streak, their longest since last June. It also kept the Marlins atop the NL East, even though they had lost their past four games by a total of five runs.
"It's just nice to win after losing four in a row," said Olsen, who made it through six innings with less than his best stuff. "Whatever works."
Olsen allowed seven hits and five walks and departed trailing 3-2. But Wes Helms hit a three-run pinch-hit homer in the seventh, giving the Marlins their first lead in 38 innings, and Jacobs capped the five-run inning with his homer.
Jacobs had been sidelined by a tight right thigh.
"You get back out there and you're a little nervous," he said. "You don't want to push it too hard. You don't want to not push it hard enough.
"But ... the home run trot is OK."
Jacobs has 10 home runs and 27 RBI in only 34 games. The Marlins and Philadelphia are tied for the major-league lead in homers with 62.
"Having Jake back makes that lineup a little more balanced," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
The Royals were seeking their first six-game winning streak since beginning the 2003 season with nine straight victories. They also failed in a bid to reach .500, instead falling to 20-22.
Helms misinterpreted a sign and tried to bunt before homering on an 0-2 curve. With a smile, manager Gonzalez said Helms would not be fined.
"That negative turned into a positive and maybe kept me from paying anything," Helms said.
Bannister gave up six runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He threw 107 pitches and said he tired in the seventh.
"I went out there and kind of was pitching on fumes but thought I could get it done," he said. "But my pitch quality was kind of deteriorating, and I wasn't hitting spots. It was a frustrating way to ruin a quality start and a win for this team."
Logan Kensing (3-0) pitched one inning in relief of Olsen.
The Marlins rallied from a 2-0 deficit with two runs in the fourth. Royals center fielder Joey Gathright and right fielder David DeJesus collided attempting to catch a drive by Jacobs, and he reached third for an RBI triple. Jorge Cantu hit a two-out RBI single.
Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts. Earlier in the day, the Marlins formally announced the $70 million, six-year contract extension for Ramirez at the site of their future ballpark.
Ramirez is batting .185 since news of his contract agreement surfaced a week ago.
|David DeJesus and Joey Gathright can't get out of the way and the Royals fall victim to the Marlins. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.283|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||4||2||3||0||1||0||1||.325|
|Alex Gordon, 3B||4||1||2||0||1||1||2||.287|
|Jose Guillen, LF||4||0||1||2||0||0||3||.239|
|Billy Butler, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||1||2||.278|
|Ross Gload, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Miguel Olivo, C||2||0||0||0||2||0||3||.276|
|Joey Gathright, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.236|
|Tony Pena, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.179|
|Yasuhiko Yabuta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Bannister, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Ron Mahay, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alberto Callaspo, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|2B - Mark Grudzielanek (10, Olsen), Alex Gordon (10, Kensing), Jose Guillen (15, Olsen), Billy Butler (11, Olsen)|
|SH - Brian Bannister (1)|
|RBI - Jose Guillen 2 (26), Billy Butler (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (10)|
|CS - David DeJesus (3, 2nd base by Olsen/Rabelo)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|E - Tony Pena (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Brian Bannister (L,4-5)||6.1||7||6||6||2||5||1||4.29|
|WP - Brian Bannister (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Bannister 107-68, Ron Mahay 14-10, Yasuhiko Yabuta 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Bannister 5-10, Yasuhiko Yabuta 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Brian Bannister 29, Ron Mahay 3, Yasuhiko Yabuta 4|
|Alfredo Amezaga, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.218|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.293|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||3||1||0||0||1||3||2||.311|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||4||2||2||3||0||0||1||.272|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.312|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||1||2||.272|
|Luis Gonzalez, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.276|
|Brett Carroll, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.071|
|Mike Rabelo, C||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.219|
|Scott Olsen, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.053|
|Logan Kensing, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Wes Helms, PH-1B||2||1||1||3||0||0||1||.225|
|a-homered for Kensing in the 7th|
|3B - Mike Jacobs (1, Bannister)|
|HR - Mike Jacobs (10, Mahay), Wes Helms (3, Bannister)|
|RBI - Mike Jacobs 3 (27), Jorge Cantu (17), Wes Helms 3 (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Jacobs 2 (19), Jorge Cantu (8)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez|
|Logan Kensing (W,3-0)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.70|
|IBB - Olivo by Scott Olsen, by Olivo|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 87-53, Logan Kensing 22-14, Matt Lindstrom 10-6, Kevin Gregg 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 4-9, Logan Kensing 1-1, Matt Lindstrom 2-1, Kevin Gregg 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 28, Logan Kensing 4, Matt Lindstrom 3, Kevin Gregg 4|
|Attendance - 16214|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 89|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Paul Emmel|