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Marlins fall in McKeon's debut, lose 11th straight

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MIAMI -- With their new old manager, the free-falling Florida Marlins had the same old result.

Jered Weaver pitched seven innings and the Los Angeles Angels spoiled 80-year-old Jack McKeon's return to the dugout Monday night with a 2-1 win over the Marlins, who tied a franchise record with their 11th consecutive loss.

The game came hours after the Marlins introduced McKeon as their interim manager for the rest of the season. He came out of retirement to replace Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned Sunday.

The change in leadership failed to inspire an immediate reversal by the Marlins, who are 1-19 in June. The losing streak is their longest since 1998, when they lost 108 games.

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"Everybody is trying to do too much," McKeon said. "Once we get one or two wins, they'll relax a little bit."

Florida has dropped 11 consecutive one-run games, matching another franchise record.

Weaver (9-4) tied for the big league lead in wins. He allowed only five hits and one run to lower his ERA to 2.01, second-best in the majors.

Jordan Walden pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 20 chances.

"It was a good pitcher's duel, and luckily we were able to come out on top," Weaver said.

Florida's Anibal Sanchez also went seven innings and gave up one run, which was unearned because of a passed ball by catcher John Buck.

"I'm doing the best I can," Sanchez said. "We continue to lose games. One day we're going to stop that. We're going to figure out how to win."

Los Angeles broke a 1-all tie in the seventh. Maicer Izturis singled off Steve Cishek (0-1) for his third hit, took third on a single by Erick Aybar and came home on a groundout by Torii Hunter.

"He got a good jump," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't think there was any play at the plate."

The Angels also scratched out a run in the sixth to tie the game. Aybar reached on a bunt single, took second on a balk and went to third on Buck's passed ball. With the infield in, Hunter grounded an RBI single up the middle.

"I just tried to make something happen," Hunter said.

McKeon took over the 2003 Marlins in May and led them to the World Series title, and Florida is hoping for a similar turnaround this season.

"I have the utmost respect for Jack McKeon," Scioscia said. "I'm sure he's going to work hard to get them going in the right direction."

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 43 minutes, by rain. When McKeon finally took the lineup card to home plate, he received a big ovation from the small crowd and responded by doffing his cap.

"That was very, very nice," he said. "It makes you feel it was worth coming back."

Then it was more of the same. The Marlins, averaging less than three runs a game this month, totaled only five hits, all singles. Their final 11 batters went down in order.

"I want these guys to have fun," McKeon said. "As soon as they start having fun, you'll see the worm change."

The breaks continued to go against Florida. Hanley Ramirez pinch-hit in the ninth and was called out on strikes on a 3-2 pitch that appeared outside. In the eighth, Gaby Sanchez hit a liner that bounced off the first base bag straight up, allowing Mark Trumbo to make an easy out.

"That kind of sums it up," Buck said. "We had a couple of things go wrong, and bad luck."

Florida eked out a rare run in the second. Jose Lopez led off with a single, took third on a single by Buck and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dewayne Wise.

The Angels had at least one hit in every inning, but they grounded into three double plays and went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

"It was a frustrating night for us on the offensive side," Scioscia said, "but we did just enough."

Notes

  • Before the game, the Angels recalled RHP Michael Kohn from Triple-A Salt Lake and optioned SS Andrew Romine to Salt Lake.
  • Marlins OF Mike Stanton, held out of the starting lineup for the third game in a row due to a right eye infection, saw a specialist and said he hopes to play Wednesday.
  • Despite playing in sunny Southern California, the Angels this season have waited out eight rain delays totaling 9 hours, 41 minutes.
  • The visit to Miami was the Angels' first since 2003.
 
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Back in a familiar dugout, Jack McKeon watches his Marlins club lose yet another game -- this time to the Angels.  (Getty Images)
Back in a familiar dugout, Jack McKeon watches his Marlins club lose yet another game -- this time to the Angels. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Florida

A. Sanchez
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 1
BB 0
K 8
Anaheim

J. Weaver
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Maicer Izturis, 3B4130010 .295
Erick Aybar, SS4120002 .280
Torii Hunter, RF4012021 .232
Bobby Abreu, LF4010003 .289
    Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
    Jordan Walden, P0000000 .000
Vernon Wells, CF-LF4010012 .203
Howard Kendrick, 2B4020011 .305
Mark Trumbo, 1B4010003 .254
Jeff Mathis, C4000033 .191
Jered Weaver, P2000011 .000
   a- Alberto Callaspo, PH1000010 .281
    Peter Bourjos, CF0000000 .254
Totals352112010  
a-struck out for Jer. Weaver in the 8th
Batting
2B - Maicer Izturis (18, Sanchez), Howard Kendrick (18, Nunez)
RBI - Torii Hunter 2 (37)
SB - Erick Aybar (15, 2nd base off Cishek/Buck)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Maicer Izturis (3, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jered Weaver (W,9-4) 7511160 2.01
Scott Downs (H,11) 1000010 1.57
Jordan Walden (S,17) 1000020 2.59
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 121-88, Scott Downs 11-7, Jordan Walden 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 5-10, Scott Downs 2-0, Jordan Walden 1-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 27, Scott Downs 3, Jordan Walden 3
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, SS4000011 .263
Logan Morrison, LF3000110 .278
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000013 .304
Greg Dobbs, RF4020021 .306
Jose Lopez, 3B3110002 .197
   a- Hanley Ramirez, PH1000010 .200
Omar Infante, 2B4000003 .254
John Buck, C3010011 .224
Dewayne Wise, CF2011010 .286
Anibal Sanchez, P1000011 .138
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000000 .205
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Totals3015119  
a-struck out for J. Lopez in the 9th
b-flied out for Sanchez in the 7th
Batting
SF - Dewayne Wise (1)
SH - Anibal Sanchez (7)
RBI - Dewayne Wise (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - G. Sanchez-Bonifacio-Sanchez, J. Lopez-Infante-G. Sanchez, Infante-Bonifacio-G. Sanchez
PB - John Buck (6)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez 7811080 2.90
Steve Cishek (L,0-1) 0.2211010 2.03
Randy Choate 0.1000000 0.66
Leo Nunez 1100010 3.66
WP - Anibal Sanchez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 102-70, Steve Cishek 11-9, Randy Choate 7-5, Leo Nunez 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 7-3, Steve Cishek 1-0, Leo Nunez 1-1
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 26, Steve Cishek 4, Randy Choate 1, Leo Nunez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16984
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Brian Gorman