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Marlins pummel Jays, snap 6-game skid

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MIAMI -- The players-only meeting called by Hanley Ramirez after Saturday's loss seemed to make a difference.

Mark Buehrle pitched effectively for seven innings to become the winningest pitcher in interleague play, John Buck hit a three-run homer and the Miami Marlins snapped a six-game losing streak with a 9-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

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"It must have been that meeting," Buehrle said. "All of the guys that spoke up did good today."

Greg Dobbs had a two-run homer among his three hits for the Marlins, winners for just the third time in 18 games.

"It's great to see that especially when they have a players' meeting," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I don't think it happened because of the meeting, but when you have a players' meeting and you act and play this way, that is something that is very positive. It's nice to see those guys having fun on the field."

Buehrle (6-8) gave up seven hits in winning his 25th interleague matchup, breaking a tie with Freddy Garcia. Buehrle struck out seven.

"I told them I wasn't a fan of having a meeting the day before I pitch because that puts more pressure on you," Buehrle joked.

Ramirez hit a two-run triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Logan Morrison to cap the scoring for the Marlins. It was their second shutout of the season.

"This is what we needed," Ramirez said. "I told them [Saturday] that we needed to relax, go little by little, inning by inning, and not try to do too much."

Toronto starter Jesse Chavez (0-1) allowed six runs and seven hits in six innings while striking out six.

"I attacked the zone and kept away from the walks," Chavez said. "I settled in [after the second inning] and had that one hiccup in the sixth but other than that I did OK. It was just one of those things."

Miami opened the scoring in the second inning after Dobbs led off with a single and Omar Infante doubled. Scott Cousins drove in Dobbs with a base hit before Buck's three-run home run to center field, his sixth of the season.

Brett Lawrie doubled with two outs in the fifth and tried to score on a base hit to right by Colby Rasmus, but Giancarlo Stanton threw out Lawrie at home preserving a 4-0 lead.

Dobbs' two-run home run stretched the lead to 6-0. He also singled twice in his first two at-bats.

Ramirez's triple came off reliever Robert Coello, who hit Austin Kearns with a pitch and walked Jose Reyes setting the stage for Ramirez.

"It's not about one guy, but Hanley is in the middle of the lineup who is a big guy for us and hopefully he will remember that swing," Guillen said.

Rajai Davis and Rasmus each had two of the eight hits for the Blue Jays, who left eight on base. Toronto was shut out for the first time since a 3-0 loss to Baltimore on April 25.

"It was a disappointing way to end this series, yet it's a series win on the road and we have to regroup and get ready to go into Boston," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.

Notes

  • Following the game Toronto recalled 1B Adam Lind from Triple-A Las Vegas and reinstated OF Ben Francisco (left hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned 2B Mike McCoy and 1B David Cooper. RHP Sergio Santos (right shoulder) was moved to the 60-day DL.
  • Buck has two home runs in his last three games after going without a home run in 24 straight.
  • Reyes made a diving over-the-shoulder catch in shallow center field in the third inning and collided with Cousins on the play, taking a base hit away from Lawrie. Reyes injured his right shin on the play and a trainer tended to him, but he remained in the game. "I'm good," Reyes said. "When that happened I was a little scared for a moment, but when I stood up everything was good."
  • Toronto RHP David Pauley made his team debut over the weekend after being claimed off waivers from the Angels and pitched two scoreless innings in relief in two appearances.
  • The Blue Jays will send RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-6, 4.30 ERA) to the mound on Monday to begin a three-game home series against Boston, who will counter with LHP Felix Doubront (8-3, 4.31 ERA). RHP Ricky Nolasco (6-6, 5.16 ERA) will start for the Marlins as they host St. Louis for a three-game set. RHP Jake Westbrook (6-6, 3.38 ERA) will start for the Cardinals.
 
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The Marlins' Mark Buehrle defeats the Blue Jays and becomes the winningest pitcher in interleague play.   (Getty Images)
The Marlins' Mark Buehrle defeats the Blue Jays and becomes the winningest pitcher in interleague play. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Miami

G. Dobbs
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Miami

M. Buehrle
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 2
K 7
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Lawrie, 3B4010012 .289
Colby Rasmus, CF4020001 .261
Jose Bautista, RF3010112 .238
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4000012 .282
    David Cooper, 1B0000000 .292
Yunel Escobar, SS4010001 .248
Rajai Davis, LF4020012 .282
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000013 .249
J.P. Arencibia, C4010011 .225
Jesse Chavez, P2000021 .000
   a- Mike McCoy, PH0000100 .375
    Robert Coello, P0000000 .000
    David Pauley, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals3308028  
a-walked for J. Chavez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brett Lawrie (12, Buehrle)
Team LOB - 8
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jesse Chavez (L,0-1) 6766062 8.56
Robert Coello0133100 12.79
David Pauley 1000010 3.65
Francisco Cordero 1000010 4.91
HBP - Stanton (by Jesse Chavez), Kearns (by Robert Coello)
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Chavez 92-64, Robert Coello 13-5, David Pauley 8-5, Francisco Cordero 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Chavez 7-5
Batters Faced - Jesse Chavez 26, Robert Coello 3, David Pauley 3, Francisco Cordero 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS3100110 .268
Hanley Ramirez, 3B4112000 .258
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3000021 .274
Logan Morrison, LF3111011 .232
    Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
Greg Dobbs, 1B-LF4232000 .294
Omar Infante, 2B4110001 .290
Scott Cousins, CF4111000 .208
John Buck, C4113020 .167
Mark Buehrle, P2000020 .059
   a- Austin Kearns, PH0100000 .279
    Gaby Sanchez, 1B0000000 .195
Totals3198918  
a-hit by pitch for Buehrle in the 7th
Batting
2B - Omar Infante (18, J. Chavez)
3B - Hanley Ramirez (2, Coello)
HR - Greg Dobbs (1, J. Chavez), John Buck (6, J. Chavez)
SF - Logan Morrison (3)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (40), Logan Morrison (24), Greg Dobbs 2 (16), Scott Cousins (2), John Buck 3 (17)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Logan Morrison 1, Giancarlo Stanton 1
DP - Morrison-Infante
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle (W,6-8) 7700270 3.55
Chad Gaudin 2100010 4.54
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 114-74, Chad Gaudin 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 3-9, Chad Gaudin 1-4
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 28, Chad Gaudin 7
Game Information
Attendance - 27888
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Jeff Nelson