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Uggla continues torrid stretch as Marlins take first game of doubleheader

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MIAMI -- Dan Uggla will be sad to see the calendar flip to June.

Then again, the way things are going for him and the Marlins, it might not matter.

Uggla hit one of four homers by the Marlins on Sunday, and Florida snapped the San Francisco Giants' three-game winning streak with an 8-6 victory in the first game of a doubleheader.

Uggla became the first Marlins player to hit 12 home runs in May, and has a hit in 17 of 21 games this month.

"I was just looking for something to hit and I put a good swing on it," he said. "I'm just glad it carried out."

Jeremy Hermida and Jorge Cantu hit back-to-back homers and Cody Ross also went deep for the Marlins, who have won four of their past five. Uggla's two-run homer in the fifth off Pat Misch, his 16th of the year, gave Florida a 7-5 lead.

Mark Hendrickson (7-2) survived five shaky innings, giving up five runs and nine hits, to win for the seventh time in his last nine starts for the NL East leaders.

Kevin Gregg worked the ninth for his 10th save in 11 opportunities.

"Hendrickson battled through those five innings and we're glad we got the opportunity to give him the win," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Misch (0-1) remains winless in 25 major league appearances, including nine starts, over the past three years. He gave up seven runs and seven hits, including three of the homers, and was pulled after 4 1/3 innings.

"I really wasn't in control of too many pitches," he said. "It all kind of ballooned on me."

Bengie Molina went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs and Aaron Rowand homered for the Giants. Rowand also drove in a run in the third to finish with three RBI.

Misch found himself behind 3-0 before he even made it through the first inning. After Hanley Ramirez drew a lead-off walk, Hermida hit a two-run homer to right and Cantu followed with a drive to left. It was the sixth time the Marlins have hit back-to-back home runs this season.

"I got behind on a lot of counts and you just can't do that against a team of good hitters like that," Misch said.

After Molina's two-run double helped give the Giants a 5-3 lead in the third, the Marlins came back in their half. Misch issued a bases-loaded walk to Luis Gonzalez, then was called for a balk, allowing Cantu to score.

"Just too many mistakes," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You walk in a run and you balk in a run, that's huge in a game like this."

Ross homered off Billy Sadler in the seventh.

The game was halted for 29 minutes in the fourth inning due to rain. Both starting pitchers returned after the delay.

The Giants' Omar Vizquel tied fellow Venezuelan Luis Aparicio with the most all-time games at shortstop with 2,583.

Notes

  • Vizquel, 41, is the first Venezuelan-born player to play 20 seasons in the major leagues.
  • Rowand's second-inning homer was the 100th of his career.
  • Travis Denker's double for the Giants was his first major league hit.
  • Gary Sheffield had the previous record for most homers in a month for the Marlins with 11.
 
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Dan Uggla deserves some praise after becoming the first Marlin to hit 12 homers in May.  (AP)
Dan Uggla deserves some praise after becoming the first Marlin to hit 12 homers in May. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Cantu
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
San Francisco

B. Molina
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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San Francisco Giants
Omar Vizquel, SS4000110 .250
Jose Castillo, 3B-2B5120011 .264
Randy Winn, RF5220011 .299
Bengie Molina, C4243000 .321
    Steve Holm, PR-C1000001 .279
Aaron Rowand, CF3123101 .331
Rich Aurilia, 1B-3B4000024 .252
Travis Denker, 2B3010012 .250
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
    Billy Sadler, P0000000 .000
   a- John Bowker, PH-1B1000000 .257
Daniel Ortmeier, LF2000011 .237
   b- Fred Lewis, PH-LF2000010 .270
Patrick Misch, P2010000 .125
    Ray Durham, 2B2000000 .284
    Alex Hinshaw, P0000000 .000
Totals38612628  
a-grounded out for Sadler in the 8th
b-struck out for Ortmeier in the 6th
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (15, Kensing), Bengie Molina 3 (14, Hendrickson, Hendrickson, Kensing), Travis Denker (1, Hendrickson)
HR - Aaron Rowand (7, Hendrickson)
RBI - Bengie Molina 3 (29), Aaron Rowand 3 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Bengie Molina 2 (7), Aaron Rowand (9)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Omar Vizquel (1, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
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Vinnie Chulk 1.2100030 2.95
Billy Sadler 1211021 3.38
Alex Hinshaw 1000030 0.00
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Patrick Misch 3-6, Vinnie Chulk 3-0
Batters Faced - Patrick Misch 24, Vinnie Chulk 7, Billy Sadler 5, Alex Hinshaw 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4220111 .302
Jeremy Hermida, RF5112044 .269
Jorge Cantu, 3B4321111 .271
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Wes Helms, 1B4000013 .231
Dan Uggla, 2B3112120 .320
Luis Gonzalez, LF3011100 .280
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Alfredo Amezaga, 3B0000000 .256
Cody Ross, CF4111013 .179
Mike Rabelo, C4010001 .221
Mark Hendrickson, P2010010 .348
    Logan Kensing, P1000000 .000
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a-struck out for Kensing in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Hendrickson (2, Misch)
HR - Jeremy Hermida (6, Misch), Jorge Cantu (6, Misch), Dan Uggla (16, Misch), Cody Ross (6, Sadler)
RBI - Jeremy Hermida 2 (25), Jorge Cantu (20), Dan Uggla 2 (36), Luis Gonzalez (14), Cody Ross (12)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Gonzalez (4), Cody Ross (4)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cantu-Uggla-Helms
Florida Marlins
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Logan Kensing (H,3) 2211020 3.86
Matt Lindstrom (H,4) 1000000 3.00
Kevin Gregg (S,10) 1100010 2.22
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Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 97-56, Logan Kensing 26-21, Matt Lindstrom 13-9, Kevin Gregg 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 6-3, Logan Kensing 3-1, Matt Lindstrom 3-0, Kevin Gregg 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 25, Logan Kensing 8, Matt Lindstrom 3, Kevin Gregg 4
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Tim Welke