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Streaking Marlins rout Orioles, move within one game of NL East lead

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MIAMI -- Hanley Ramirez and the rest of the Florida Marlins' sluggers allowed Sean West to relax a little on the mound with a big lead.

Ramirez hit a grand slam, Cody Ross and Dan Uggla each homered, and West scattered four hits over six scoreless innings as the Marlins cruised past the Baltimore Orioles 11-3 on Thursday night.

Florida led 5-0 in the third inning, allowing West (3-2) to notch his third victory in his past four starts.

"It's very easy to pitch with a lead like that," West said. "The run support was great. Pitching and defense are key to a win and when you have all three going, it's unbeatable."

It was the third grand slam of the season for Ramirez, and second in three games, tying him for the single-season franchise record with Ross (2009), Jeff Conine (2004) and Bobby Bonilla (1997). Ramirez has 13 RBI in his past four games. He is now batting a major league-leading .429 with runners in scoring position.

Leading 7-0 in the eighth, Ramirez hit an 0-1 pitch from reliever Chris Ray over the left-field scoreboard.

"I have [Jorge] Cantu behind me, so I know they have to pound the zone," Ramirez said. "I think our starting pitching has been going deep in games. That's the key to take us to a different level."

After striking out the side in the first inning, Baltimore starter Rich Hill (3-2) struggled. He gave up six runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings.

"This is a very good team and they came out swinging," Hill said. "They were ready to hit. They're on a bit of a roll right now and if you catch a team when they're hot and get the bats going, sometimes it's tough to put them out."

The Marlins pounded out 17 hits, one shy of their season-high 18 on June 14 at Toronto, and every Marlins position player got at least one hit as they swept the three-game series against Baltimore.

"It was just a great series for us, all around, pitching, defense, hitting," Ross said. "They've got a good team and they've been playing well. They came in here hot and we knew we'd have to get up to play these guys after the Yankees series. We couldn't let down and we didn't."

Florida is two games above .500 for the first time since May 10 and have won five straight for the first time since its season-high seven consecutive victories from April 12-19.

The Orioles lost their third consecutive game after winning five in a row coming into the series.

"Let's give the Marlins a lot of credit. We fell behind early and we couldn't stay away from the big inning," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "They put back-to-back crooked numbers up and we didn't recover."

The Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the second when Ross homered over the left-field scoreboard, driving in Uggla, who singled with one out.

Hill's problems continued in the third. Florida stretched its lead to 3-0 when Ramirez singled in Chris Coghlan, who doubled to open the inning. One out later, Uggla hit his team-leading 15th home run to make it 5-0.

After giving up back-to-back doubles to Ramirez and Cantu in the fifth, Hill was replaced by Mark Hendrickson with the score 6-0.

The Orioles scored three runs in the ninth off Christopher Leroux on RBI doubles by Gregg Zaun and Nick Markakis, who reached base five times with four hits and a walk.

"I thought we had good at-bats against [West], but nothing to show for it," Markakis said. "We hit some balls hard, but that's how it ends up sometimes."

Notes

  • Orioles RHP Koji Uehara is nursing a sore elbow and will see team doctor John Wilckens on Friday. After that exam, his status for a possible Sunday start will be determined. "There is some soreness in his elbow," Trembley said before the game.
  • SS Cesar Izturis (appendicitis) will continue his rehab for the next six days in Baltimore.
  • Marlins closer Leo Nunez (sprained right ankle) threw a side session Thursday and simulated covering first base. He remains day-to-day.
  • The Marlins improved to 16-5 against the Orioles.
 
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Hanley Ramirez provides the exclamation point to Florida's blowout with a bases-loaded blast.  (AP)
Hanley Ramirez provides the exclamation point to Florida's blowout with a bases-loaded blast. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Florida

S. West
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 2
 

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B2000210 .292
   a- Gregg Zaun, PH1112000 .231
Nick Markakis, RF4041100 .297
Adam Jones, CF5000007 .302
Ty Wigginton, 1B4010102 .261
Melvin Mora, 3B3000001 .272
Nolan Reimold, LF4010013 .276
Matt Wieters, C3100103 .250
Robert Andino, SS4000002 .240
Rich Hill, P2000000 .125
    Mark Hendrickson, P0000000 .000
   b- Oscar Salazar, PH1000000 .412
    Chris Ray, P0000000 .000
    Brian Bass, P0000000 .000
   c- Felix Pie, PH1110000 .224
Totals3438352  
a-doubled for B. Roberts in the 9th
b-grounded out for Hendrickson in the 7th
c-singled for Bass in the 9th
Batting
2B - Gregg Zaun (9, Leroux), Nick Markakis 2 (22, West, Leroux)
RBI - Gregg Zaun 2 (8), Nick Markakis (46)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Mora-B. Roberts-Wigginton
E - Matt Wieters (2, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Rich Hill (L,3-2) 4.1866162 6.03
Mark Hendrickson 1.2100010 5.21
Chris Ray 1.2755021 10.13
Brian Bass 0.1100000 4.00
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Hill 89-60, Mark Hendrickson 16-11, Chris Ray 42-30, Brian Bass 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Hill 3-4, Mark Hendrickson 2-2, Chris Ray 2-0
Batters Faced - Rich Hill 22, Mark Hendrickson 6, Chris Ray 11, Brian Bass 2
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF5210034 .265
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4121010 .244
Hanley Ramirez, SS5335021 .335
Jorge Cantu, 1B5031001 .282
    Chris Leroux, P0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B5222003 .226
Ronny Paulino, C4020002 .284
Cody Ross, CF4222001 .283
Brett Carroll, RF3120100 .302
Sean West, P2000021 .000
   a- Jeremy Hermida, PH1000001 .257
    Tim Wood, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH-1B1000013 .297
Totals3911171119  
a-flied out for West in the 6th
b-struck out for Wood in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (8, Hill), Hanley Ramirez (23, Hill), Jorge Cantu (17, Hill)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (11, Ray), Dan Uggla (15, Hill), Cody Ross (13, Hill)
SH - Emilio Bonifacio (2)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (19), Hanley Ramirez 5 (47), Jorge Cantu (46), Dan Uggla 2 (45), Cody Ross 2 (45)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (10), Hanley Ramirez 4 (19), Dan Uggla 2 (20), Cody Ross 2 (23)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (11, 3rd base off Hill/Wieters)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Sean West (W,3-2) 6400320 3.38
Tim Wood 2100100 0.00
Chris Leroux 1333100 12.00
HBP - Mora (by Sean West)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean West 90-52, Tim Wood 17-10, Chris Leroux 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean West 6-9, Tim Wood 3-3, Chris Leroux 2-1
Batters Faced - Sean West 25, Tim Wood 8, Chris Leroux 7
Game Information
Attendance - 12822
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Chad Fairchild