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Marlins snap 11-game skid with win over Angels

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MIAMI -- Jack McKeon waited in front of the dugout, and when the victory celebration came his way he swapped high fives and back slaps with his jubilant, relieved players.

The Florida Marlins' new 80-year-old manager still has the winning touch. McKeon earned his first victory since coming out of retirement when Florida broke an 11-game losing streak by beating the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 on Tuesday night.

"We're a summer team," McKeon said. "Today is the first day of the summer. We like to play much better baseball in the summer than we do in the spring. So watch out from now on because summer's here, and we're here."

Javier Vazquez and five relievers gave up 13 hits and the Angels had at least one hit in every inning, but they went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

Gaby Sanchez hit his 13th home run and Hanley Ramirez had his first multi-hit game since May 21 for the Marlins, who improved to 2-19 in June. They are 1-1 since McKeon took over Monday as interim manager for the rest of the season.

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"Every high point, you look over and he's jumping up and down like a little kid," catcher John Buck said. "He was taking off your hand when he was giving a high five. I don't know if he's your regular 80-year-old. He's full of energy."

He's shaking things up, too.

Ramirez, inserted into the cleanup spot for the first time in his career by the new manager, went 2 for 4 to hike his average to .206 and scored twice.

"I enjoyed the game," Ramirez said. "I hadn't been doing that. I was thinking too much. I just went out there and played hard and had fun, like I used to."

Anxious to end the losing streak, McKeon managed as if it was the World Series. When reliever Randy Choate walked the leadoff batter in the eighth and went to 2-1 on the next hitter, McKeon gave him a quick hook.

"He had seen enough," Buck said. "That's what we needed -- go against the grain a little bit."

Burke Badenhop came on, and after giving up a single, he retired the next three batters to preserve a 3-0 lead.

The Angels finally scored with two outs in the ninth on Torii Hunter's fourth hit, an RBI single. Another run scored on an error before Leo Nunez came on and struck out Russell Branyan with two on for his 20th save in 23 chances -- but his first since May 31.

Mike Stanton, back in the lineup after missing three games with a right eye infection, had three hits and two RBI. And for a change, the breaks went the Marlins' way.

They totaled three infield hits, while the Angels hit into two double plays, including one when reliever Edward Mujica snared Hunter's liner and then doubled a runner off second.

Vazquez (4-7) went 5 1/3 innings and allowed 10 hits but no runs to lower his ERA to 6.37, still the highest in the majors. The right-hander had been 0-3 in his past five starts.

"We have a good team," Vazquez said. "We just have to keep believing we do."

The Angels stranded 13 runners, and at least one in every inning.

"We didn't come through in the clutch situations," Hunter said. "That's why we lost. We got hits but not at the right moment."

Ervin Santana (3-8) of the Angels was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth trailing 2-0. He fell to 0-4 in his past five starts.

Sanchez homered with two outs in the first. Omar Infante made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly in the second, and he added an RBI single in the eighth.

Stanton doubled home Ramirez in the sixth and singled him home in the eighth. Soon the Marlins were piling onto the field for their first postgame celebration since June 10, with McKeon an enthusiastic participant.

"He would be the oldest high five I've ever had, for sure," third baseman Greg Dobbs said. "He still has a little strength in those paws, though. He'll be fine giving high fives the rest of the season. He won't develop carpal tunnel or anything."

Notes

  • U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., planned to place a congratulatory statement in the Congressional Record recognizing McKeon for taking the job at the age of 80. McKeon lives in North Carolina.
  • McKeon, fondly remembered for leading the Marlins to the 2003 World Series championship, received a big ovation when he visited the mound in the sixth.
  • The Angels' Alberto Callaspo singled in the eighth to end an 0-for-21 slump.
  • Santana reached in the second on an infield single, his first hit since 2007.
 
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Jack McKeon rediscovers his winning touch as the 80-year-old manager wins his first game since coming out of retirement. (Getty Images)
Jack McKeon rediscovers his winning touch as the 80-year-old manager wins his first game since coming out of retirement. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Florida

M. Stanton
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Anaheim

T. Hunter
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS4110102 .280
Howard Kendrick, 2B5010012 .303
Torii Hunter, RF5141001 .242
Bobby Abreu, LF4010112 .288
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4010103 .281
Russell Branyan, 1B5010024 .188
Hank Conger, C4020012 .228
Peter Bourjos, CF4010025 .254
Ervin Santana, P2010011 .500
   a- Maicer Izturis, PH1000002 .293
    Rich Thompson, P0000000 .000
    Michael Kohn, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Cassevah, P0000000 .000
   b- Vernon Wells, PH1000010 .202
Totals39213139  
a-popped out for Santana in the 6th
b-struck out for Cassevah in the 9th
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (12, Vazquez), Hank Conger (7, Vazquez)
RBI - Torii Hunter (38)
2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (8)
SB - Howard Kendrick (6, 2nd base off Mujica/Buck)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Kendrick-Branyan
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana (L,3-8) 5522161 4.22
Rich Thompson 1211110 3.26
Michael Kohn 1322000 7.71
Bobby Cassevah 1200010 6.23
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 76-51, Rich Thompson 25-15, Michael Kohn 21-15, Bobby Cassevah 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 5-3, Rich Thompson 2-0, Bobby Cassevah 1-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 20, Rich Thompson 6, Michael Kohn 6, Bobby Cassevah 4
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, CF4010002 .263
Logan Morrison, LF4010011 .277
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4111022 .304
Hanley Ramirez, SS4220011 .206
Greg Dobbs, 3B3230101 .317
Mike Stanton, RF4032010 .255
John Buck, C3000113 .221
Omar Infante, 2B3012012 .254
Javier Vazquez, P1000001 .174
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   a- Dewayne Wise, PH1000000 .267
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P00000001.000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000011 .203
    Jose Ceda, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Totals32512528  
a-flied out for Mujica in the 7th
b-struck out for Badenhop in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Stanton (16, Thompson)
HR - Gaby Sanchez (13, Santana)
SF - Omar Infante (4)
SH - Javier Vazquez (3)
RBI - Gaby Sanchez (45), Mike Stanton 2 (43), Omar Infante 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Gaby Sanchez (25), Omar Infante (9)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (5, 2nd base off Kohn/Conger), Hanley Ramirez (13, 2nd base off Thompson/Conger)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez, Mujica-Infante
E - Greg Dobbs (6, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Javier Vazquez (W,4-7) 5.11000040 6.37
Edward Mujica (H,4) 1.2100000 3.03
Randy Choate0000100 0.66
Burke Badenhop (H,1) 1100020 2.82
Jose Ceda 0.2121120 13.50
Leo Nunez (S,20) 0.1000110 3.62
WP - Edward Mujica (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 100-71, Edward Mujica 25-19, Randy Choate 6-2, Burke Badenhop 21-12, Jose Ceda 18-10, Leo Nunez 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 4-7, Edward Mujica 1-3, Jose Ceda 1-0
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 25, Edward Mujica 5, Randy Choate 1, Burke Badenhop 4, Jose Ceda 5, Leo Nunez 2
Game Information
Attendance - 17344
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Dan Bellino