Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Florida won 3-1

Game 1: Friday, May 21
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Game 2: Saturday, May 22
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Game 3: Sunday, May 23
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Game 4: Monday, May 24
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Diamondbacks 5

(17-27, 9-13 away)

Marlins 13

(25-19, 13-9 home)

1:05 PM ET, May 24, 2004

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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W: C. Pavano (4-2)

L: B. Webb (2-4)

McKeon wins 100th as Marlins manager

MIAMI (AP) -- The Florida Marlins finally got some offense from the bottom of their batting order.

Eighth-place hitter Ramon Castro had two hits and three RBI, and No. 7 batter Alex Gonzalez got two hits in Florida's 13-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

"We love to see a few breathers once in a while," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "I was real happy to see Gonzalez and Ray break loose in the bottom of the order. Hopefully, their confidence will get boosted and they'll keep it up."

With Gonzalez and Castro on base a combined six times, Juan Pierre took advantage. He tied a career high with four RBI, including a bases-loaded triple in the eighth.

"I'm usually on the other end," said Pierre, who came in with 11 RBI this season. "It's nice. It feels good to drive some in."

The victory was McKeon s 100th as Marlins manager and it pulled Florida into a tie with Philadelphia atop the NL East.

Jeff Conine homered and Carl Pavano earned the win for the Marlins, who took three of four from Arizona.

Steve Finley hit his major league-leading 14th homer for the Diamondbacks.

Pavano (4-2) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, taking advantage of some rare run support. He entered with the eighth-lowest run support (3.49 runs per game) among NL starters, and the Marlins failed to score more than three runs in any of his previous four starts.

"It's always nice to get some runs, but it goes hand in hand," Pavano said. "With the plays they made behind me in the other games, I can't complain."

Brandon Webb (2-4), who pitched seven shutout innings against Atlanta in his last start, allowed seven runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. Webb struggled with his control, walking five and throwing 53 balls and 53 strikes.

"He was behind in the count on just about every batter," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "I don't care how good your sinker is, if they know you're going to throw it, everything becomes simple."

Scott Hairston homered for his first major league hit to get Arizona on the board in the fifth. Hairston, a late replacement for injured second baseman Matt Kata, was making his second major league start and was 0-for-6 before he hit a 3-2 pitch into the left-field stands.

Finley added a two-run shot in the seventh, his 13th homer in 25 games.

"They come and go," Finley said. "I'd like to be consistent all year. I got on a roll there where I wasn't getting a lot of hits, but every time I did it was a home run."

Conine hit his second home run in two days in the sixth. He and Hee Seop Choi, who walked in all four of his plate appearances, each scored three times.

Castro, who came in hitting .136, was mired in a 5-for-53 slide. But he hit an RBI double in Florida's four-run second inning and added a two-run double in the sixth.

"It's been tough to start the season like this," Castro said. "Today was great. I was able to help the team win."

Gonzalez came in batting .204.

"When you get the bottom half of our lineup hitting like that, you're going to see a lot of days like today," Conine said.

Pierre, who had three hits, tripled and scored in a six-run eighth. He went 7-for-15 in the series.

The Marlins took advantage of Webb's wildness in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. Conine and Choi led off with walks and advanced on a wild pitch before doubles by Gonzalez and Castro made it 3-0. Pierre hit a two-out RBI single to drive in Castro with the fourth run.

Castro's two-run double highlighted a three-run sixth that made it 7-1.

Danny Bautista hit a two-run homer for Arizona in the ninth.

"At some point, it gets discouraging for the offense," Brenly said. "You can't score 10 runs every night. We need the bullpen and starters to go out there and stop somebody once in a while."

Game notes


Finley's second-inning miscue in center field snapped Arizona's streak of four games without committing an error. ... McKeon (100-68) is the fourth manager to win 100 games with the Marlins, joining Rene Lachemann (221), John Boles (165) and Jim Leyland (146). ... The attendance of 10,214 was Florida's smallest crowd of the season. The previous low was 12,122 against Houston on May 19. ... Florida RF Miguel Cabrera struck out in his first three at-bats.

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