Florida at Arizona

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Florida (46-44) «3002001208110
Arizona (38-51)000000100191

Marlins 8, Diamondbacks 1

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PHOENIX -- Josh Johnson heads to his first All-Star Game a winner, and through 90 games so are his Florida Marlins.

Johnson pitched into the seventh inning and the Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 Sunday for a split of their four-game series.

"He is a really good pitcher and he kind of put their team on his back and took control of that game," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "It's as simple as that."

Johnson (8-2) yielded a run and seven hits -- all singles -- in 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking two in his first victory in four starts. He lowered his ERA to 2.74.

"I felt good out there, which is the key for me," he said. "I threw a lot of good sliders. Not very many balls were hit very hard. It was just one of those days when balls seemed to keep falling but I just wanted to bear down and do whatever I could to stop it."

Cody Ross drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, Jeremy Hermida hit a two-run homer off the right-field foul pole and NL batting leader Hanley Ramirez singled three times as the Marlins (46-44) entered the All-Star break two games above .500. Florida remained four games back of NL East-leading Philadelphia.

"If you would have told me this on April 2, I would have said 'Yeah, I'll take it,'" manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But now it's July 12 and you want more. You want to win more."

Ross already was thinking about the Marlins' four-game series against the Phillies in Miami after the break.

"Four games right now is a lot," he said of Philadelphia's division lead, "but we've got them coming in the beginning of the second half. I don't want to think about it too much right now. I want to enjoy my All-Star break, but we've got to start getting serious and we've got to take those games."

The Diamondbacks won seven of nine going into the break and were 5-2 on the homestand.

"It would have been great to win three out of four in this series for our third series win in a row," Hinch said, "but I thought we had a really good homestand -- to play better at home, which has been difficult for us, just to play better baseball."

Arizona left-hander Doug Davis (4-9), a leading candidate to be traded before the July 31 deadline, matched his shortest outing of the season at four innings, surrendering five runs.

After two quick outs, the Marlins scored three times in the first. Ramirez singled and came home on Jorge Cantu's single. Dan Uggla walked and both runners scored on Ross' towering double off the overhang some 400 feet away in center field.

Emilio Bonifacio beat out an infield single with one out in the fourth, then Hermida fouled off three pitches before hitting Davis' 3-2 delivery high off the foul pole above the Florida bullpen for his 10th homer.

Ross doubled in another run in the seventh.

Brian Sanches relieved Johnson with runners at first and second, and Drew ended the shutout with his third single of the day. Justin Upton struck out for the third time to end the inning.

Notes

Hinch moved back Dan Haren's next scheduled start to next Sunday to give the Diamondbacks ace four days' rest after his anticipated appearance in the All-Star Game. ... A woman sitting in the second row near the plate was hit in the face by a Cantu foul ball in the first inning. Her head was wrapped in bandages and she was carried out on a stretcher. ... Arizona slugger Mark Reynolds, the majors' runaway strikeout leader with 123, fanned three times, went 0 for 4, committed an error that led to two unearned runs and finished the homestand 3 for 24. ... Johnson is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA in three career starts against Arizona.

 
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Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Arizona

S. Drew
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4210121 .258
Jeremy Hermida, LF5122022 .255
Hanley Ramirez, SS5231012 .349
Jorge Cantu, 1B5121001 .287
Dan Uggla, 2B4100111 .227
Cody Ross, CF4023110 .278
Ronny Paulino, C5000024 .241
Brett Carroll, RF3110112 .267
Josh Johnson, P1000110 .114
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
   a- Andy Gonzalez, PH1000011 .250
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Totals378117512  
a-struck out for Sanches in the 8th
Batting
2B - Cody Ross 2 (26, Davis, Vasquez), Brett Carroll (4, Zavada)
HR - Jeremy Hermida (10, Davis)
SH - Josh Johnson (5)
RBI - Jeremy Hermida 2 (34), Hanley Ramirez (61), Jorge Cantu (53), Cody Ross 3 (52)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (27), Jorge Cantu (21), Cody Ross 3 (28)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (13, 2nd base off Davis/Montero)
PK - Emilio Bonifacio (3, Gutierrez)
Team LOB - 8
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson (W,8-2) 6.2711270 2.74
Brian Sanches 0.1100010 1.25
Dan Meyer 1000010 1.78
Leo Nunez 1100110 3.79
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 113-71, Brian Sanches 7-4, Dan Meyer 10-6, Leo Nunez 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 7-5, Dan Meyer 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 28, Brian Sanches 2, Dan Meyer 3, Leo Nunez 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B3020200 .302
Stephen Drew, SS5031004 .263
Justin Upton, RF4010035 .301
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000033 .258
Miguel Montero, C4000000 .267
Gerardo Parra, LF3000120 .284
Chris Young, CF4000011 .196
Chad Tracy, 1B4020001 .222
Doug Davis, P1000000 .152
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Clark, PH1000011 .182
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   b- Augie Ojeda, PH1100001 .221
    Clay Zavada, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
   c- Alex Romero, PH1010000 .310
Totals35191310  
a-struck out for Rosales in the 5th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Vasquez in the 7th
c-singled for Rauch in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Stephen Drew (35)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (9)
CS - Felipe Lopez (3, 2nd base by Johnson/Paulino)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Mark Reynolds (15, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis (L,4-9) 4755371 3.41
Leo Rosales 1000000 5.09
Juan Gutierrez 1000210 5.06
Esmerling Vasquez 1211010 4.85
Clay Zavada 1220020 1.69
Jon Rauch 1000010 4.31
WP - Juan Gutierrez (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 99-58, Leo Rosales 10-8, Juan Gutierrez 17-7, Esmerling Vasquez 18-12, Clay Zavada 22-15, Jon Rauch 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 2-3, Leo Rosales 2-1, Juan Gutierrez 1-0, Esmerling Vasquez 2-0, Clay Zavada 1-1, Jon Rauch 1-1
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 22, Leo Rosales 3, Juan Gutierrez 4, Esmerling Vasquez 5, Clay Zavada 6, Jon Rauch 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28617
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Eric Cooper