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Red-hot Cantu makes history as Marlins hold off Reds

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MIAMI -- A hit and an RBI. Jorge Cantu has gotten at least one of each in every game of this young season to put together a unique streak.

Cantu homered Wednesday night, making him the first player in major league history to have at least one hit and one RBI in each of his team's first nine games, and the Florida Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-3.

Cantu's mark dates to 1920, when RBI became an official statistic. Including last season, Cantu has 13 consecutive games with a hit and an RBI, the longest string since Mike Piazza went 15 straight from June 14-July 2, 2000.

Cantu hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. He entered the game tied with George Kelly of the 1921 New York Giants with at least one hit and RBI in the opening eight games, based on research by the Elias Sports Bureau.

"It's a great honor," Cantu said. "I'm going to keep pushing myself and get hungrier for more."

Cantu had hit into a double play and struck out in his two previous at-bats before coming up with nobody on and one out in the fifth. He drove Homer Bailey's slider over the wall in left field.

"It's like, wow, I accomplished something very big," Cantu said. "It hit me when I was running the bases."

Brett Carroll homered in his first game of the season for Florida. The Marlins activated him from the 15-day disabled list before the game after his left oblique strain healed. Carroll finished with three hits, including a double and a single, in four at-bats.

"It's just one game, but it's humbling," Carroll said. "Yesterday I'm playing in a rehab game, not knowing what the next move is, and tonight I'm playing left field and exciting things are happening."

Chris Volstad (1-1) pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and three runs while striking out five. Burke Badenhop was successful in his first save opportunity of the season. Volstad threw 117 pitches.

"It didn't feel like 117," Volstad says. "Maybe because it wasn't as hot and humid as it usually is. It felt good to get over that hump and get that pitch count up there."

Bailey (0-1) allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.

"I just couldn't locate where I wanted to," Bailey said. "Later [in the game] I started to feel a little better but I made a couple of mistakes and they cost me."

John Baker singled home Carroll in the sixth for a 5-1 lead. The Reds drew closer in the seventh when Paul Janish hit a two-out, two-run homer off Volstad.

"It pulled us closer but in the end we didn't get the result we wanted," Janish said.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first when Cameron Maybin led off with a single and scored on Baker's double. Florida added another run in the second when Volstad singled in Gaby Sanchez.

The Reds closed to 2-1 in the fourth when Jonny Gomes singled in Brandon Phillips, who walked to open the inning. It was the first hit given up by Volstad and it came on his 71st pitch.

Notes

  • Marlins LF Chris Coghlan missed Wednesday's game with sore ribs. Last year's NL Rookie of the Year, he is struggling with a .132 average. He sustained the injury when he made a diving catch of a fly ball in Tuesday's game.
  • Marlins RHP Jose Veras was designated for assignment on Wednesday. The Marlins recalled RHP Chris Leroux from Triple-A New Orleans. INF Emilio Bonifacio was optioned to New Orleans.
 
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Jorge Cantu slugs his way into the record books with one hit and one RBI in each of his first nine games.  (AP)
Jorge Cantu slugs his way into the record books with one hit and one RBI in each of his first nine games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

B. Carroll
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

P. Janish
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Chris Dickerson, CF4110010 .278
Paul Janish, SS3122100 .667
Joey Votto, 1B4000022 .278
Brandon Phillips, 2B2100200 .257
Scott Rolen, 3B4000012 .241
Jay Bruce, RF3010110 .161
Jonny Gomes, LF4011011 .217
Ramon Hernandez, C4000012 .211
Homer Bailey, P2000000 .333
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1000000 .200
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000010 .222
Totals3235348  
a-popped out for Herrera in the 7th
b-struck out for Lincoln in the 9th
Batting
2B - Paul Janish (1, Volstad)
HR - Paul Janish (1, Volstad)
RBI - Paul Janish 2 (2), Jonny Gomes (7)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Janish 2 (2), Jonny Gomes (1)
SB - Joey Votto (2, 2nd base off Volstad/Baker), Jay Bruce (1, 3rd base off Volstad/Baker)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Rolen-B. Phillips-Votto, B. Phillips-Janish-Votto
E - Scott Rolen (3, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey (L,0-1) 5.1855432 6.97
Danny Herrera 0.2100000 4.50
Mike Lincoln 2000220 5.79
HBP - Baker (by Mike Lincoln)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 115-71, Danny Herrera 9-5, Mike Lincoln 38-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 10-3, Danny Herrera 1-1, Mike Lincoln 3-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 28, Danny Herrera 3, Mike Lincoln 8
Florida Marlins
Cameron Maybin, CF3110201 .263
John Baker, C4022003 .400
Hanley Ramirez, SS5000026 .333
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B4111014 .297
Dan Uggla, 2B3000100 .250
Cody Ross, RF4000012 .270
Gaby Sanchez, 1B2110200 .300
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
Brett Carroll, LF4231011 .750
Chris Volstad, P3011002 .250
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 3B0000100 .375
Totals3259565  
Batting
2B - John Baker (2, Bailey), Brett Carroll (1, Bailey)
HR - Jorge Cantu (3, Bailey), Brett Carroll (1, Bailey)
RBI - John Baker 2 (3), Jorge Cantu (14), Brett Carroll (1), Chris Volstad (1)
SB - Cameron Maybin (2, 2nd base off Bailey/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 10
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad (W,1-1) 6.2533451 3.46
Renyel Pinto (H,1) 0.1000000 2.45
Burke Badenhop (S,1) 2000030 1.13
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 117-73, Renyel Pinto 5-2, Burke Badenhop 23-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 8-7, Renyel Pinto 1-0, Burke Badenhop 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 29, Renyel Pinto 1, Burke Badenhop 6
Game Information
Attendance - 14390
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg