Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Florida leads 2-0 (as of 5/22)

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 2

(16-26, 8-12 away)

Marlins 11

(24-18, 12-8 home)

    4:05 PM ET, May 22, 2004

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: B. Penny (5-2)

    L: S. Sparks (2-4)

    Castillo's first grand slam comes in third

    MIAMI (AP) -- Luis Castillo shelved his switch-hitting skills and showed some rare power.

    Batting right-handed against right-hander Steve Sparks, Castillo hit his first career grand slam to cap an eight-run third inning and lead the Florida Marlins past the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-2 Saturday.

    "Any time I bat against a knuckleball pitcher, that's what I do," Castillo said. "I'm so happy. I'm lucky if I get one home run this year, and I hit a grand slam."

    Alex Gonzalez had two hits and two RBI, and Miguel Cabrera and Hee Seop Choi each drove in two runs for the Marlins, who won their third straight.

    Arizona's Luis Gonzalez singled in the first for his 2,000th career hit, but All-Star slugger Richie Sexson aggravated his shoulder injury.

    "It's nice to get," Gonzalez said of the milestone, "but losing the way we did and possibly losing Richie again definitely doesn't help."

    Brad Penny (5-2) allowed one run and five hits in six innings. He walked two, struck out six and lowered his ERA to 2.10.

    "It makes it a little tougher," Penny said of pitching with a big cushion. "I'd much rather have a four-run lead than a 10-run lead. But I'll take it every time."

    Sparks (2-4) gave up 10 runs and nine hits in 2 2-3 innings as the Diamondbacks lost their third straight overall and sixth in a row against Florida. Sparks' ERA rose from 4.98 to 6.65.

    "It's just embarrassing not going out there and giving the team a better performance and keeping us in the game," Sparks said. "Especially with two outs and not being able to make a better pitch to Castillo."

    The 10 runs allowed by Sparks tied a team record for starters. Two others did it, most recently Brandon Webb against Colorado on Sept. 23, 2003.

    "This is what we've been looking for -- getting back to our old ways," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "Guys are starting to deliver."

    Castillo singled leading off the third and scored on Cabrera's two-run single. Lenny Harris had an RBI groundout and Alex Gonzalez added a run-scoring double before Castillo sent Sparks' 1-0 pitch into the left-field seats for his first homer in 403 at-bats dating to last season and the 15th of his career.

    The eight runs tied a Florida record for most in an inning. The Marlins have done it nine times, the last against Philadelphia on July 25, 2003.

    Sexson, who had been on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury until being activated Friday, left after drawing a walk in the sixth. He aggravated his shoulder while checking his swing on ball four and will be re-evaluated Sunday.

    Sexson originally injured his shoulder while trying to check his swing April 28 against the Chicago Cubs.

    Diamondbacks trainer Paul Lessard said he did not expect Sexson to play in the final two games of the series. He probably will travel to Phoenix to be evaluated by Dr. Michael Lee when the team heads to San Francisco after Monday's series finale.

    "We're very concerned, obviously, given the fact the initial diagnosis was six to eight weeks or four to six weeks, depending on which doctor you believe," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "Richie was back after three and felt confident that he had enough strength in that shoulder. He passed all the tests physically on the field that we needed to see, but it's kind of hard to simulate a check swing."

    The Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the second on Choi's RBI double and Gonzalez's run-scoring single.

    Chad Tracy celebrated his 24th birthday with a solo home run off Penny in the fifth and a triple in the seventh. Tracy scored both Arizona runs.

    Right-hander Andrew Good allowed one hit and struck out five in 3 1-3 innings of relief.

    Game notes


    Harris left with a tight hamstring before the start of the fourth. He is day-to-day. ... Arizona right-hander Shane Reynolds, on the disabled list since April 4 with an inflamed rotator cuff, is scheduled to make his first rehab start Wednesday night for Double-A El Paso. Reynolds is expected to throw two innings or 35-40 pitches. ... Florida hadn't won three in a row since sweeping a series at Philadelphia from April 20-22. ... Fans booed the Marlins at the end of the eighth inning because the team had 11 hits, one short of a promotion with Krispy Kreme that would have given ticket holders free donuts.

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