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Beckett pitches six strong innings

MIAMI (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera was moved down from the No. 3 spot
in the Florida Marlins' lineup, and rediscovered his powerful
stroke.

Cabrera batted fourth for the first time this season and hit his
league-leading 11th home run, and Josh Beckett pitched six strong
innings in the Marlins' 7-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on
Sunday.

"The RBI are important. It doesn't matter if I bat third,
fourth or fifth," said Cabrera, who was fifth in the order
Saturday after hitting third in every other game this season. "I
just go out and do my job."

Cabrera homered for the second straight day, a three-run shot in
the second inning, to give Beckett a 6-1 cushion. Beckett (3-2)
allowed one run and five hits in his second win in three starts.

Cabrera snapped out a 3-for-28 slide with three hits on
Saturday, including a 426-foot home run to center. He followed that
by going 2-for-3 on Sunday, with two walks and the three RBI.

Manager Jack McKeon said Cabrera will stay in the cleanup spot,
and Mike Lowell, who was given the day off, will move up to third.

In his last three starts, Beckett has allowed five earned runs
and struck out 17 in 21 innings. He pitched out of trouble in each
of the first two innings, then settled down as the NL East-leading
Marlins wrapped up their homestand 3-3.

Justin Wayne followed Beckett and pitched 2 2/3 innings,
allowing three runs, including Ramon Hernandez's two-run homer in
the ninth. Armando Benitez got one out for his 13th save in 14
chances.

Alex Gonzalez also homered for Florida, and leadoff man Juan
Pierre went 3-for-4 as the Marlins finished with 12 hits.

Padres starter Adam Eaton (1-3) lasted just 1 2/3 innings, his
shortest outing of the season. Winless in his last five starts, he
allowed six runs on six hits.

Cabrera appeared to have struck out to end the second inning,
fouling a ball into Hernandez's mitt. However, plate umpire Charlie
Reliford ruled that Hernandez trapped the ball, thus extending
Cabrera's at-bat. Two pitches later, Cabrera lined a pitch from
Eaton over the left-field fence to cap a five-run inning for the
Marlins.

With the game tied at 1 in the second, the Marlins got started
when Gonzalez, hitless in his previous 10 at-bats, hit a solo homer
to open the inning. Beckett walked, moved to second on Juan
Pierre's single, and took third on a fielder's choice. Hee Seop
Choi drove in Beckett with a single, and Cabrera followed with his
homer.

McKeon said he decided after Saturday's game to move Cabrera
into the cleanup spot, which he occupied during last year's World
Series.

"I see signs of him getting back to his old self and not being
overanxious," McKeon said. "That comes with taking bases on
balls. He's quick. He turned on that fastball, and zing -- it was
out."

Beckett was steady on the mound, although he wasn't
overpowering, finishing with just three strikeouts.

"I didn't have great stuff, but I had enough stuff to win," he
said. "My guys scored some runs for me today, so I have to tip my
cap to them."

Eaton had no such luck.

"Nothing came easy today," Eaton said. "I got guys to two
strikes pretty quickly, but I couldn't get them out."

The game might have turned out differently had Eaton escaped the
second down only 3-1. He didn't have that chance, although he
stopped short of blaming Reliford with a blown call.

"The rules say if you foul a pitch off and someone catches it,
it's an out," Eaton said. "Then again, I didn't make the right
pitch later in that at-bat."

Florida took a 1-0 lead in the first on Jeff Conine's RBI
single, but San Diego tied it in the second Khalil Greene's
sacrifice fly.

Game notes
Florida 3B Mike Lowell was out of the lineup, one day after
fouling a ball off the inside of his left shin. ... Kerry Robinson
started for the first time this year for the Padres, leading off
and playing center field. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen
base. ... Manager Bruce Bochy further juggled his batting order,
moving Sean Burroughs, Mark Loretta, Brian Giles and Phil Nevin
down one spot each into the Nos. 2-5 positions. ... Marlins C Ramon
Castro, 2-for-33 coming in, went 2-for-4. ... Pierre robbed Brian
Giles of extra bases in the eighth, running down a ball deep to
center and making an over-the-shoulder catch near the wall.