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Marlins' Sanchez stifles Rockies, wins first start in more than year

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Anibal Sanchez felt as healthy as he did during the 2006 season, when he won 10 games and threw a no-hitter as a rookie.

A little help from his Florida teammates -- and Colorado's pitching staff -- sure didn't hurt.

Sanchez won his first start in 15 months, Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu hit home runs and the Marlins beat the Rockies 12-2 on Thursday night.

"I felt a bit nervous being away from the mound and the team for such a long time," Sanchez said. "But I just focused on doing a good job and locating the pitches. Thankfully, everything worked out."

The right-hander allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings to win in his first start since May 2007. A shoulder injury that required surgery last June sidelined Sanchez for most of the season.

"For the first time out in a long while, he kept his composure," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Hopefully he will build from that one and keep going forward."

Sanchez threw 95 pitches, striking out four and walking two before leaving to a standing ovation.

"It was very warm and emotional. I didn't know how much (fans) anticipated my return," Sanchez said. "I thank them and I hope I won't disappoint them the rest of the season."

Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (5-6) retired just five batters, his shortest outing of the season. He left after allowing six runs in the second, including two on bases-loaded walks.

"I was going too fast to home plate and the ball was going down," De La Rosa said. "I don't know what happened."

De La Rosa gave up five hits, walked four and hit a batter before he was replaced by Kip Wells. He also allowed a two-run single to Jeremy Hermida and Dan Uggla's two-run double.

"He showed some growth the last two starts when he got in the stretch, and tonight, for whatever reason, he fell back in that trap door," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "Watching out there, I couldn't really pinpoint whether it was mechanical, whether he got in a hurry. The command just went out the window."

Wes Helms stranded two runners when he flied out to end the second, but the Marlins had already built a 7-0 lead.

Colorado's control problems didn't stop with De La Rosa.

Wells walked three straight in the fourth, including a base-loaded walk that scored Hermida, who was the subject of trade rumors earlier in the day. John Baker followed with a two-run single to give Florida a 10-1 cushion.

Ramirez homered in the fifth to make it 11-1, and Helms added an RBI single in the eighth.

Hermida went 3-for-5, Uggla, Cantu and Helms all had two hits and every Florida position player in the starting lineup drove in at least one run.

"It was just a good all-around day today," Hermida said.

Troy Tulowitzki, who entered the game batting .556 (20-for-36) since coming off the disabled list July 21, went 0-for-5 for the Rockies.

Florida took a 1-0 lead in the first when Cantu hit a two-out home run, and Colorado picked up a run in the fourth when Matt Holliday scored on Ian Stewart's broken-bat single.

The Rockies added another on Omar Quintanilla's RBI single in the sixth.

The Marlins wound up getting a big lift from Sanchez on a day when an even bigger name nearly joined them in South Florida.

The team was in negotiations to acquire slugger Manny Ramirez from the Boston Red Sox, but talks broke down before the non-waiver trade deadline. Reports had Hermida going to Pittsburgh in a three-way deal that would have sent outfielder Jason Bay from the Pirates to the Red Sox, and Ramirez to the Marlins. Prospects and money were also part of the negotiations.

The Red Sox instead sent Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-team trade in which the Pirates still sent Bay to Boston.

"It happens every year and guys' names get brought up," Hermida said. "It's just part of the business that you learn to deal with the longer you're in it."

Notes

  • The Marlins optioned INF Robert Andino to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes, who was acquired from Seattle for Double-A pitcher Gaby Hernandez.
  • Florida RHP Burke Badenhop (shoulder tendinitis) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
  • The Houston Astros claimed Rockies reliever Alberto Arias off waivers and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock.
 
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Anibal Sanchez allows two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings to help the Marlins.  (AP)
Anibal Sanchez allows two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings to help the Marlins. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Hermida
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

O. Quintanilla
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4010001 .254
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
   a- Clint Barmes, PH1000000 .297
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5000012 .234
Matt Holliday, LF2110010 .343
    Seth Smith, LF-CF2110011 .263
Brad Hawpe, RF4010012 .279
Garrett Atkins, 1B3000003 .301
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
    Cory Sullivan, LF0000000 .154
Ian Stewart, 3B2011211 .313
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000014 .251
Omar Quintanilla, 2B4021003 .264
Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .095
    Kip Wells, P1000010 .000
   b- Jeff Baker, PH-1B2000003 .282
Totals3327227  
a-fouled out for Grilli in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Wells in the 6th
Batting
SH - Kip Wells (1)
RBI - Ian Stewart (20), Omar Quintanilla (13)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Quintanilla (6)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Quintanilla-Atkins
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (L,5-6) 1.2577431 6.94
Kip Wells 3.1444421 5.68
Luis Vizcaino 1.2000040 6.35
Jason Grilli 1.1311110 3.59
HBP - Cantu (by Jorge De La Rosa)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 65-33, Kip Wells 71-40, Luis Vizcaino 25-15, Jason Grilli 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kip Wells 5-2, Luis Vizcaino 1-0, Jason Grilli 1-2
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 14, Kip Wells 17, Luis Vizcaino 5, Jason Grilli 8
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS3212121 .297
    Alfredo Amezaga, SS1000000 .263
Jeremy Hermida, RF5332010 .261
Jorge Cantu, 1B4221001 .291
Josh Willingham, LF3011111 .277
    Luis Gonzalez, LF0000100 .260
Dan Uggla, 2B4122111 .271
Wes Helms, 3B4221112 .245
Cody Ross, CF3101213 .253
John Baker, C3112213 .204
Anibal Sanchez, P2000015 .000
    Justin Miller, P1000010 .000
    Joe Nelson, P0000000 .000
Totals33121212910  
Batting
2B - Jeremy Hermida (21, Grilli), Dan Uggla (27, De La Rosa)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (25, Wells), Jorge Cantu (19, De La Rosa)
SH - Anibal Sanchez (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (49), Jeremy Hermida 2 (49), Jorge Cantu (62), Josh Willingham (28), Dan Uggla 2 (67), Wes Helms (26), Cody Ross (54), John Baker 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (17), Jeremy Hermida 2 (20), Jorge Cantu (27), Josh Willingham (11), Dan Uggla 2 (24), Cody Ross (21), John Baker 2 (4)
CS - Josh Willingham (2, 2nd base by De La Rosa/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 8
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez (W,1-0) 5.2622240 3.18
Justin Miller 2.1100030 4.09
Joe Nelson 1000000 1.55
HBP - Torrealba (by Anibal Sanchez), Sullivan (by Justin Miller)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 95-56, Justin Miller 33-22, Joe Nelson 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 6-7, Justin Miller 1-3, Joe Nelson 1-2
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 26, Justin Miller 9, Joe Nelson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 13634
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Rob Drake