The right-hander pitched into the eighth inning on three days'
rest and hit an RBI single, leading the Marlins to an 11-5 victory
over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.
"He's in good shape, and he's been probably our most consistent
pitcher all year, so we expected good things out of him," first
baseman Jeff Conine said.
The win snapped the Marlins' season-worst four-game losing
streak and a five-game skid on the road. Paul Lo Duca and Miguel
Cabrera homered for the Marlins, who also stopped a five-game skid
on the road.
Pavano (12-4) won his third straight to match his career-high
victory total, allowing five runs on seven hits. He pitched three
innings in a rainout Sunday against Montreal and threw 43 pitches,
but still started Thursday in place of A.J. Burnett, whose
scheduled start was delayed a day by manager Jack McKeon.
Pavano threw 111 pitches this time, and he struck out five and
walked two in 7 1-3 innings.
"I figure that's enough, right?" said Pavano, who has worked a
team-high 151 1-3 innings in 21 starts. "I felt good as far as the
game plan and my strength was good, but late in the innings I
definitely felt a little wear."
He tired in the eighth, giving up hits to two of three batters
and walking Danny Bautista to load the bases with one out. Shea
Hillenbrand followed with a two-run single.
The Marlins scored four more runs in the ninth against Mike
Fetters, who gave up four singles and a walk. Mota, who got the
last four outs for his second save in as many chances, had an RBI
single in the inning. Jeff Conine also had a single and drove in
his 900th career run, and Chris Aguila got his first major league
hit and RBI.
"That's a tough loss," Arizona manager Al Pedrique said. "I
thought the team battled well, hung in there and the offense got
some key hits late in the game, but we fell short."
Pavano worked five scoreless innings after falling behind 2-0 in
the second, and retired seven straight until Tim Green's infield
single leading off the eighth.
The Diamondbacks, who beat the Marlins the first two games for
their first series win since May 31-June 3, dropped to 4-6 since
snapping a franchise-record 14-game losing streak on July 26.
Florida scored five runs on five hits against Arizona rookie
Lance Cormier (1-3), who lasted five innings.
Cormier retired 10 straight to start before Florida rallied from
a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the fourth.
With one out, Cormier reverted to the form that saw him give up
five homers and 12 runs in the first two of his four big league
"Fourth inning, I got the first guy out, and walked a guy,
which is always going to hurt you," Cormier said.
After walking Luis Castillo, Cormier left a changeup hanging for
Lo Duca, and the new Marlins catcher drove it into the left-field
seats. One out later, Cabrera hit an opposite-field shot over the
right-field fence for a 3-2 lead.
"He's into everything," McKeon said of Lo Duca, acquired
Saturday. "He's in every rally we've got going. You've got to tip
your hat to him in the ninth, when he bunted on his own. You talk
about a team player, unselfish.
"He's not thinking about, 'See if I can hit another home run.
I'm going to do something that's going to contribute to winning."
The Marlins made if 5-2 in the fifth on RBI singles by Juan
Pierre and Castillo.
The Diamondbacks scored their first two runs in the second on a
groundout by Cintron and Scott Hairston's sacrifice fly.
The Marlins had lost four straight three other times this
season -- but not since the All-Star break. ... Pierre stole his
27th base in the fifth. ... The Marlins are 16-5 in Pavano's
starts. ... Lo Duca has two homers in five games with the Marlins.
His first was a pinch-hit homer Saturday, the day Los Angeles
traded him. ... The Marlins were deprived of more runs in the sixth
when Arizona 3B Chad Tracy held onto a liner by Juan Encarnacion
and CF Luis Terrero caught Gonzalez's sacrifice fly on the warning