Florida at Seattle

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Florida (39-33) «1022020018110
Seattle (25-47)1001000103130

Marlins 8, Mariners 3

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SEATTLE -- Those free-swinging, home run-slugging Florida Marlins actually have a patient side, however rare its appearance.

Dan Uggla and Mike Jacobs both hit long two-run shots for the majors' top home-run hitting team, and the Marlins beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 on Wednesday night.

But it was the Marlins' season-high 10 walks that left them chuckling in the dugout about the unlikely effort from a group drawing only three walks per game this season.

"Very uncharacteristic. We were actually laughing about that," Uggla said. "Just one of those things. I guess everybody just had extra good eyes tonight."

Uggla and his teammates could share a laugh after taking two of three in the interleague matchup, and winning their first road series since a sweep of the Washington Nationals from May 9-11.

While the walks were nice, it was again the long ball taking center stage. Jacobs ripped his 17th home run of the season in the third off Seattle starter R.A. Dickey, and Uggla followed in the sixth with his 21st, thudding off the out-of-town scoreboard behind the Marlins bullpen for a 7-2 lead.

The Marlins have 106 home runs, three ahead of NL East rival Philadelphia. Uggla, who connected against Seattle's Felix Hernandez on Tuesday night and claimed not to even see the pitch, said he saw the offering from Mariners reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith just fine.

"I pretty much closed my eyes and swung yesterday and got lucky," Uggla said. "Today I felt like I was seeing the ball better and had a better approach."

The two home runs were plenty of offense for 21-year-old Florida starter Ryan Tucker, who held down the punchless Mariners in only his third start of the season. Tucker, who never pitched above Class A before this season, went a career-high six innings, allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out four.

Tucker (2-1) was magnificent in his Marlins debut, giving up only one run and two hits in five innings against Cincinnati on June 8. Then he was battered in his second start against Tampa Bay when he struggled to control his fastball.

Facing the light-hitting Mariners, Tucker allowed an RBI single to Raul Ibanez in the first, then scattered four hits during his final five innings. Jeremy Reed had a two-out RBI single in the fourth, but otherwise the Mariners did little against the hard-throwing right-hander.

"It gave me a lot of confidence to know I can face these lineups and get through them two or three times," Tucker said. "As a starter that's what I'm going to have to learn how to do, work through the game, work through situations as hitters come up. It helped my confidence a little bit getting through the sixth."

Seattle was trying for back-to-back victories for only the third time since mid-April when it won a season-best three straight.

Florida got to Dickey (1-3) early, as the journeyman knuckleballer struggled. Manager John McLaren said after the game that Dickey would get another starting chance, despite his second successive bad outing.

"Dickey had a tough time with his release point," McLaren said. "He pitched out of a couple of jams, but it finally caught up with him."

Dickey was moved into the starting rotation last week to face Washington, but was battered for seven runs and eight hits in 1 2/3 innings against the Nationals.

He didn't fare much better versus Florida. Dickey gave up five runs on six hits and walked four batters in 3 2/3 innings. He left after a two-out walk to Jorge Cantu in the fourth, but Rowland-Smith couldn't close the inning. Jacobs followed with an RBI single and back-to-back walks forced home another run. Cantu also had an RBI single in the first and doubled ahead of Jacobs' home run.

"They had a good approach," Dickey said.

Rowland-Smith settled down in the fifth, but then allowed Uggla's two-out shot in the sixth, moving Uggla one home run behind Philadelphia's Chase Utley for the major league lead.

Notes

Dickey's start was only his third of the season with the Mariners. He has made seven starts at Triple-A Tacoma. ... Florida improved to 25-6 when hitting at least two home runs. ... Injured Marlins OF Josh Willingham (back) could be ready to rejoin the team next week, Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. Willingham is on a rehab assignment with Double-A Carolina.

 
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Players of the Game
Florida

M. Jacobs
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Florida

J. Cantu
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS3320300 .294
Jeremy Hermida, RF6011027 .267
Jorge Cantu, 1B4321221 .288
Mike Jacobs, DH5123012 .242
Dan Uggla, 2B3112211 .288
Luis Gonzalez, LF3011210 .275
    Alfredo Amezaga, PR-CF0000000 .242
Wes Helms, 3B5010026 .240
Cody Ross, CF-LF5000022 .209
Mike Rabelo, C4010100 .208
Totals3881181011  
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (10, Dickey), Jeremy Hermida (14, Corcoran), Jorge Cantu (18, Dickey)
HR - Mike Jacobs (17, Dickey), Dan Uggla (21, Rowland-Smith)
RBI - Jeremy Hermida (34), Jorge Cantu (42), Mike Jacobs 3 (46), Dan Uggla 2 (52), Luis Gonzalez (28)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Hermida (14), Mike Jacobs (27), Dan Uggla 2 (17), Luis Gonzalez (11)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (17, 2nd base off Dickey/Clement)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Helms-Uggla-Cantu, H. Ramirez-Uggla-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Ryan Tucker (W,2-1) 6722240 4.50
Joe Nelson 1200000 1.54
Renyel Pinto 0.2211000 2.41
Justin Miller 0.1100000 4.01
Kevin Gregg 1100110 2.34
WP - Ryan Tucker (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Tucker 94-62, Joe Nelson 15-9, Renyel Pinto 6-5, Justin Miller 11-7, Kevin Gregg 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Tucker 5-8, Joe Nelson 1-1, Kevin Gregg 2-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Tucker 26, Joe Nelson 4, Renyel Pinto 4, Justin Miller 2, Kevin Gregg 5
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5110022 .291
Jose Vidro, DH5030000 .219
Jose Lopez, 2B5000004 .290
Raul Ibanez, LF4021110 .274
Adrian Beltre, 3B5220004 .236
Jeff Clement, C2000213 .160
Richie Sexson, 1B4010013 .220
Jeremy Reed, CF3021002 .296
   a- Willie Bloomquist, PH-CF1011000 .224
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4010004 .279
Totals38313335  
a-singled for Reed in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (11, Tucker)
RBI - Raul Ibanez (43), Jeremy Reed (4), Willie Bloomquist (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Reed (2), Willie Bloomquist (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
PB - Jeff Clement (1)
Seattle Mariners
R.A. Dickey (L,1-3) 3.2655441 5.57
Ryan Rowland-Smith 2.1222321 2.65
Mark Lowe 2200230 4.85
Roy Corcoran 1111120 3.46
WP - R.A. Dickey (3)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 97-56, Ryan Rowland-Smith 53-29, Mark Lowe 42-23, Roy Corcoran 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 4-3, Mark Lowe 3-0
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 21, Ryan Rowland-Smith 12, Mark Lowe 10, Roy Corcoran 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24163
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Bill Welke