Burnett struck out a team-record 14 in eight impressive innings,
Miguel Cabrera homered during Florida's five-run second inning and
the Marlins completed a three-game sweep with an 8-4 victory
"After I got a bunch of them, I was trying," Burnett said.
"Early on, everything was clicking. I've felt good like this
before, but like early on, I'd get ahead and I couldn't put them
away. And that was the difference in today -- I could put them
Mike Lowell also homered for the Marlins, who moved within four
games of the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres in the NL wild-card
race. Florida is four games above .500 for the first time since
being 41-37 on June 30.
Burnett (5-6) allowed one run and five hits to improve to 5-0 at
home this season. The right-hander's career-high 14 strikeouts
surpassed Brad Penny's previous team record of 13 set against
Montreal on June 26, 2001.
"I knew I had five in two innings, so I knew I had good
stuff," Burnett said. "But you can't get too happy out there and
start thinking, `I got 'em,' because it's only the second inning."
Burnett praised the game-calling of catcher Paul Lo Duca, who
had batted against Burnett before being traded to Florida on July
"There's not much difference -- I don't know if you want to
catch him or hit against him," said Lo Duca, who was 3-for-3 with
two RBI. "It's fun. When you get a guy like that, I'd put up his
stuff against anybody."
Shawn Estes (13-6) allowed eight runs and 10 hits in five
innings for the Rockies, who have lost seven straight and 12 of 14.
It was Estes' first road loss since May 23 at New York.
"They hit every mistake I threw," Estes said. "I gave up a
hit to (Burnett), that didn't help me. The floodgates opened after
Cabrera's 26th homer -- and his first in 41 at-bats covering an
11-game span -- was a two-run shot that capped Florida's big inning.
Juan Pierre had a sacrifice fly, Luis Castillo an RBI triple and Lo
Duca an RBI double.
Lowell hit a two-run homer in the fifth, his 24th, to make it
8-0. It also gave him nine RBI in six games after he had just
seven in his previous 26 games.
Pierre led off the first with a triple -- his team-record 11th --
and scored on Lo Duca's one-out single.
"I think, `Here we come," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said,
"but we can't take these three days and say, `We're there."
The Marlins swept the Rockies for the first time since Aug.
6-9, 1999. ... Burnett's previous high for strikeouts in a game was
12, against Montreal on July 27, 2002. ... Florida has won five of
its past six series. ... The Marlins' record for triples in a
season previously was held by Castillo, who had 10 in 2001. ...
Florida has a major league-best 24-12 record in day games. ...
Colorado has lost eight consecutive road games.