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Arizona (34-55)000000000081

Marlins 2, Diamondbacks 0

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PHOENIX -- Finally, after two weeks, the Florida Marlins are going home -- and they're going as winners.

Their often-maligned bullpen came on strong as manager Edwin Rodriguez used six pitchers in a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday that wrapped up a marathon 13-game trip.

Jorge Cantu doubled in a run and Dan Uggla had an RBI single for the Marlins, who went 7-6 on a journey that began June 28 with a three-game series against the New York Mets in Rodriguez's native Puerto Rico.

"It was a very important win. We've got some momentum," said Rodriguez, who was managing at Triple-A New Orleans when he was called on to replace Fredi Gonzalez on June 23. "Although we've got the [All-Star] break, the spirit, the atmosphere of the clubhouse is different."

Burke Badenhop (1-5) threw just two pitches in relief of starter Alex Sanabia but got the victory. Leo Nunez threw the ninth for his 20th save in 25 opportunities.

Brian Sanches, who pitched two scoreless innings, did not begrudge the scorekeeper's decision to give Badenhop the victory.

"I won't say he didn't deserve it," Sanches said. "He came in with the bases loaded and got the double play."

Uggla was asked to describe the trip.

"Very long," he said. "We let a couple slip away but we're going in the right direction."

Arizona was 3-7 in a home stand that began with the firing of manager A.J. Hinch and the promotion of Kirk Gibson to interim manager.

"I am different. I'm making them aware of different things," Gibson said. "The pitching overall did a pretty good job. Hitting-wise we have been clear about where we want to see improvement and we want to see that more consistently. That is a work in progress for us. All in all you can't single out any specific area. You win or you lose.

"I would rather play a real crappy game and win. There is something to winning, there is something to becoming winners."

The Diamondbacks outhit Florida 8-5 but were stung by three double plays, one with the bases loaded, and stranded six runners. Barry Enright (1-2), in his third big-league start, allowed both runs in five innings.

"I was a little tentative at the beginning, especially in that fourth inning," Enright said. "I got behind some counts, didn't field my position with Ramirez's hit up the middle. I did pitch tentatively but all and all I didn't pitch bad in my eyes. I always said it is kind of a process, learning and I will come out stronger next time."

Relievers Jose Veras and Clay Hensley also were part of the Marlins' shutout.

Sanabia moved into the rotation in place of Chris Volstad, who was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after going 1-6 with a 5.22 ERA in 11 starts since May 7.

The Marlins scored twice without an out in the fourth.

Hanley Ramirez singled off the glove of Enright, stole second and scored when Cantu doubled over the glove of Justin Upton in right field, the only extra-base hit of the game. Cantu took third when Kelly Johnson overthrew the catcher on the relay, then scored when Uggla singled.

Arizona had runners at first and third with no outs in the first when Chris Young walked and Johnson singled, but Upton and Miguel Montero popped out and Mark Reynolds struck out.

Chris Young, Arizona's lone All-Star, singled twice. The second came in the eighth, when he was out after Johnson's liner struck him in the right big toe. He said afterward he was fine.

Upton led off the ninth with a shot to left that would have been a double had he not slipped and fell rounding first base. He ended up getting stranded there.

Uggla went 2 for 4 and has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games, hitting .435 (20 of 46) in that span. Many of them have been singles, but that is fine with the Marlins' slugger.

"You take hits and RBI when you can get them," Uggla said. "It doesn't matter if they're by singles, walks, home runs, doubles, triples. Any time you can get runs across is a huge positive."

Notes

The Marlins face Washington rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg in their first game after the break Friday night in Miami. ... Before Sanabia's start Sunday, Florida was the last NL team to go with five starters all season. ... The Marlins hit into two double plays. ... Reynolds has 20 home runs and has 56 RBIs but is hitting just .214. He struck out three times to increase his major league-leading total to 122 and is on pace to threaten the major league record of 223 he set last year. ... Florida is 10 games behind NL East leader Atlanta.

 
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Players of the Game
Florida

J. Cantu
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4000020 .268
Wes Helms, 3B4000000 .243
Hanley Ramirez, SS4120000 .301
Jorge Cantu, 1B4111011 .261
Dan Uggla, 2B3021000 .285
Cody Ross, CF3000012 .282
Mike Stanton, RF2000100 .231
Ronny Paulino, C3000002 .282
Alex Sanabia, P1000000 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   a- Donnie Murphy, PH1000010 .500
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Lamb, PH1000000 .194
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Totals3025215  
a-struck out for Badenhop in the 5th
b-grounded out for Veras in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jorge Cantu (23, Enright)
RBI - Jorge Cantu (52), Dan Uggla (52)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (18, 2nd base off Enright/Montero)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Cantu, Uggla-H. Ramirez-Cantu, Helms-Uggla-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Alex Sanabia 3.1500120 3.09
Burke Badenhop (W,1-5) 0.2000000 5.70
Brian Sanches 2000110 3.10
Jose Veras (H,4) 1000020 4.91
Clay Hensley (H,12) 1200010 2.39
Leo Nunez (S,20) 1100020 2.95
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Sanabia 65-41, Burke Badenhop 2-1, Brian Sanches 18-8, Jose Veras 10-8, Clay Hensley 15-10, Leo Nunez 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Sanabia 2-5, Burke Badenhop 1-0, Brian Sanches 1-3, Jose Veras 1-0, Clay Hensley 1-0
Batters Faced - Alex Sanabia 15, Burke Badenhop 1, Brian Sanches 6, Jose Veras 3, Clay Hensley 4, Leo Nunez 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF3020100 .266
Kelly Johnson, 2B3020102 .276
Justin Upton, RF4020003 .259
Miguel Montero, C4000004 .348
Mark Reynolds, 3B4010033 .214
Stephen Drew, SS4010031 .275
Rusty Ryal, 1B3000001 .282
Gerardo Parra, LF3000010 .270
Barry Enright, P1000000 .000
   a- Cole Gillespie, PH1000000 .239
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Abreu, PH1000010 .242
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
Totals3108028  
a-flied out for Enright in the 5th
b-struck out for Demel in the 8th
Batting
SB - Chris Young (17, 2nd base off Sanabia/Paulino), Kelly Johnson (8, 2nd base off Sanabia/Paulino)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Drew-Johnson-Ryal, Drew-Johnson-Ryal
E - Kelly Johnson (6, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
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Blaine Boyer 1100000 4.82
Sam Demel 2000010 3.00
Juan Gutierrez 1000010 6.96
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Enright 76-53, Blaine Boyer 9-7, Sam Demel 26-20, Juan Gutierrez 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Enright 5-6, Blaine Boyer 2-0, Sam Demel 3-2, Juan Gutierrez 1-1
Batters Faced - Barry Enright 19, Blaine Boyer 3, Sam Demel 6, Juan Gutierrez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21037
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West