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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."
"It pulled us closer but in the end we didn't get the result we wanted," Janish said.
|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|
|Chris Dickerson, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.278|
|Paul Janish, SS||3||1||2||2||1||0||0||.667|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.278|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||2||1||0||0||2||0||0||.257|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.241|
|Jay Bruce, RF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.161|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.217|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.211|
|Homer Bailey, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Danny Herrera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Miguel Cairo, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Mike Lincoln, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Laynce Nix, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.222|
|a-popped out for Herrera in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Lincoln in the 9th|
|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|
|DP - Rolen-B. Phillips-Votto, B. Phillips-Janish-Votto|
|E - Scott Rolen (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Homer Bailey (L,0-1)||5.1||8||5||5||4||3||2||6.97|
|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|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||3||1||1||0||2||0||1||.263|
|John Baker, C||4||0||2||2||0||0||3||.400|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||5||0||0||0||0||2||6||.333|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||4||.297|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Cody Ross, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.270|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.300|
|Burke Badenhop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brett Carroll, LF||4||2||3||1||0||1||1||.750|
|Chris Volstad, P||3||0||1||1||0||0||2||.250|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wes Helms, 3B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.375|
|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|
|Chris Volstad (W,1-1)||6.2||5||3||3||4||5||1||3.46|
|Renyel Pinto (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.45|
|Burke Badenhop (S,1)||2||0||0||0||0||3||0||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|
|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|