MIAMI (AP) -- The Florida Marlins finally got some offense from
the bottom of their batting order.
"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.
Steve Finley hit his major league-leading 14th homer for the
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
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
Finley added a two-run shot in the seventh, his 13th homer in 25
"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
Castro's two-run double highlighted a three-run sixth that made
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."
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