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Marlins pull away from Braves; 7-1 start best since 1997

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ATLANTA -- Hayden Penn earned his first victory in four years by focusing on a simple rule: Throw strikes.

Dan Uggla drove in three runs for the second successive game and the Florida Marlins continued their strong start, beating the Atlanta Braves 10-4 on Wednesday night.

  Chipper aggravates thumb, doubtful for Thursday

At 7-1, Florida has its best start since opening 1997 with eight victories in the first nine games.

The Marlins snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh on Peter Moylan's bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Russ Gload. Moylan (0-1) gave up a leadoff single to Jorge Cantu, who scored the go-ahead run on Gload's walk.

Four Florida relievers allowed only two hits and no runs in 4 1/3 innings.

"They did a terrific job, all the way from Hayden and [Dan] Meyer and [Kiko] Calero and [Renyel] Pinto," said Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez. "What do they do in hockey? Three stars? Those guys should get four stars."

Six Atlanta relievers gave up five hits, three walks and six runs in four innings.

"We can't hit guys and walk guys in the late innings," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We've never done that before, much. But we've done it enough this year."

Penn (1-0) retired all four batters he faced for his first victory since Sept. 1, 2005, for Baltimore at Toronto.

"It seemed like a while," Penn said.

Each of Penn's 14 appearances with the Orioles in 2005 and 2006 came as a starter.

Acquired by Florida in an April 1 trade with Baltimore, Penn made his first relief appearance Saturday night against the Mets. This was his second ever. He inherited runners for the first time when taking over for Andrew Miller with Atlanta runners on first and third in the fifth.

Penn ended the inning on Yunel Escobar's fly ball to center.

"It feels good to know that they won't hesitate to put me in a spot like that," Penn said. "It's the only way I'm going to learn, to be put in those situations."

Uggla had two hits, including a two-run double in Florida's three-run fifth.

The Marlins padded the lead with five runs in the ninth off Blaine Boyer and Jorge Campillo. Cody Ross, pinch-hitter Wes Helms and Hanley Ramirez had run-scoring singles and John Baker added a two-run hit.

Boyer gave up four runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter in the ninth and has a 40.50 ERA.

Moylan, returning from elbow ligament-replacement surgery, has a 20.25 ERA.

"It's at a frustrating point right now," Moylan said. "Two outings in a row I'm lights out, everything's hitting where I want it to go, the ball's sinking. And tonight, it wasn't like the ball wasn't moving. The ball was sinking, I just couldn't control it."

Florida had four consecutive hits off Derek Lowe in the fifth. With one out, Baker singled to center and moved to third on Ramirez's double. Cantu drove in Baker with a single to left, and Uggla followed with his two-run double over the first-base bag.

The Braves tied the game with three runs in the fifth off Miller. Casey Kotchman had a run-scoring triple and scored on Omar Infante's single.

Uggla gave Florida a 1-0 lead with a first-inning single that drove in Emilio Bonifacio.

Kelly Johnson had a first-inning triple and scored on Infante's sacrifice fly.

Lowe threw 106 pitches in five innings, giving up seven hits and four runs with five walks and five strikeouts.

"I can't remember the last time I walked five guys in a game," Lowe said. "It was just a struggle from the beginning. There was just a lot of base runners.

"The only positive was that we weren't down so much that we couldn't come back."

Miller gave up four hits and four runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Notes

  • Braves 3B Chipper Jones was held out after aggravating his bruised left thumb in his last at-bat on Tuesday night. He said he doesn't expect to play on Thursday.
  • Lowe matched his career high with five walks, reaching the total for the eighth time.
  • Cantu's stolen base in the seventh inning left the Marlins 8-for-8 for the season.
  • Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said before the game he planned to rest closer Matt Lindstrom.
 
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Dan Uggla avoids Atlanta catcher Brian McCann as he scores during Florida's five-run ninth.  (AP)
Dan Uggla avoids Atlanta catcher Brian McCann as he scores during Florida's five-run ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Florida

J. Baker
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B6110046 .436
John Baker, C6222012 .348
Hanley Ramirez, SS6121001 .333
Jorge Cantu, 1B5221101 .375
Dan Uggla, 2B4123111 .286
Jeremy Hermida, LF2110211 .292
    Brett Carroll, LF0000000 .143
Cody Ross, RF3111103 .115
Cameron Maybin, CF3000236 .214
Andrew Miller, P2000014 .000
    Hayden Penn, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH0001100 .125
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1111000 .286
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
Totals38101210811  
a-walked for Penn in the 7th
b-singled for Calero in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (2, Lowe), Dan Uggla (2, Lowe)
SH - Andrew Miller (1)
RBI - John Baker 2 (6), Hanley Ramirez (10), Jorge Cantu (8), Dan Uggla 3 (12), Cody Ross (1), Ross Gload (2), Wes Helms (2)
2-OUT RBI - John Baker 2 (3), Hanley Ramirez (4), Dan Uggla (6), Ross Gload (1)
SB - Jorge Cantu (1, 2nd base off Moylan/McCann)
Team LOB - 12
Florida Marlins
Andrew Miller 4.2444220 6.43
Hayden Penn (W,1-0) 1.1000010 0.00
Dan Meyer (H,2) 1.1000010 5.40
Kiko Calero (H,3) 0.2100120 2.45
Renyel Pinto 1100000 4.50
WP - Kiko Calero (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Miller 80-44, Hayden Penn 13-8, Dan Meyer 12-9, Kiko Calero 14-7, Renyel Pinto 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Miller 7-5, Hayden Penn 1-2, Dan Meyer 1-2
Batters Faced - Andrew Miller 20, Hayden Penn 4, Dan Meyer 4, Kiko Calero 4, Renyel Pinto 4
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B3110100 .333
Omar Infante, 3B3012010 .455
Yunel Escobar, SS4010002 .344
Brian McCann, C3000100 .241
Matt Diaz, LF3100122 .235
Jeff Francoeur, RF4120000 .281
Casey Kotchman, 1B4111001 .259
Jordan Schafer, CF4000023 .300
Derek Lowe, P1000000 .000
   a- Martin Prado, PH1001000 .333
    Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Norton, PH1000010 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Campillo, P0000000 .000
   c- Garret Anderson, PH1000001 .133
Totals3246436  
a-grounded out for Lowe in the 5th
b-struck out for O'Flaherty in the 7th
c-popped out for Campillo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Casey Kotchman (2, Miller)
3B - Kelly Johnson (1, Miller)
SF - Omar Infante (1)
RBI - Omar Infante 2 (3), Casey Kotchman (2), Martin Prado (2)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Brian McCann (2)
E - Matt Diaz (1, Misplayed grounder), Brian McCann (1, Missed catch of throw)
Atlanta Braves
Derek Lowe 5744550 2.81
Buddy Carlyle 1000010 4.15
Peter Moylan (L,0-1) 0.2111220 20.25
Eric O'Flaherty 0.1000010 8.10
Rafael Soriano 1000000 0.00
Blaine Boyer 0.1244110 40.50
Jorge Campillo 0.2210010 3.86
IBB - Ross by Derek Lowe, Hermida by Peter Moylan
HBP - Ross (by Peter Moylan), Hermida (by Blaine Boyer)
WP - Derek Lowe (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 106-60, Buddy Carlyle 14-8, Peter Moylan 27-13, Eric O'Flaherty 8-5, Rafael Soriano 12-9, Blaine Boyer 17-9, Jorge Campillo 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 8-2, Buddy Carlyle 1-1, Rafael Soriano 1-2
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 27, Buddy Carlyle 3, Peter Moylan 6, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Rafael Soriano 3, Blaine Boyer 5, Jorge Campillo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19204
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Doug Eddings