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Pavano wins four of last five decisions

CLEVELAND (AP) -- When Carl Pavano briefly struggled in the
seventh inning, the Indians helped him out.

Pavano got Travis Hafner to pop out on a 3-0 pitch with a runner
on in his only trouble spot during the Florida Marlins' 4-1 victory
over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night

Pavano (6-2) retired 13 of 14 until walking Victor Martinez to
open the seventh. Then Hafner popped out to third base on a 3-0
pitch.

"That really helped," Pavano said. "I was a little wild that
inning. I know he has power and didn't want to groove one, but he
popped it up. I was a little surprised."

The right-hander gave up one run and four hits in 8 2-3 innings
for his fourth win in five decisions. He was replaced by Armando
Benitez after Martinez doubled with two outs in the ninth.

Martinez limped into second and was removed for pinch-runner Tim
Laker.

"He twisted his right ankle and hopefully it is not too
serious," Indians manager Eric Wedge said of Martinez, who is
scheduled to have an MRI on Friday morning.

Benitez got the final out for his 14th consecutive save and 24th
in 25 chances this season.

"Sure, I wanted to finish, but we've got the best closer in the
league," Pavano said.

Pavano struck out seven, walked one and was particularly
effective in the middle innings. He retired the Indians in order on
nine pitches in the fifth inning and used just six pitches to get
three quick outs in the sixth.

"Victor couldn't hit for us every time," said Casey Blake, who
struck out three times against Pavano. "We had four hits and he
had two of them.

"I was guessing all night. I really didn't have any idea."

Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run homer for the Marlins, who have won
10 of the 12 games started this season by Pavano. Pavano has given
up three runs or fewer 10 times.

Mike Redmond had three hits, including two doubles, to help
Florida to its second win in the three-game interleague series at
Jacobs Field. The Marlins are just 4-6 over their last 10 games.

Florida took a 1-0 lead in the second off Jason Davis (1-4).

Gonzalez hit a two-out single to right and came all the way
around to score on a double to right-center by Redmond.

Martinez tied it in the bottom half with his 10th homer, hitting
a 3-1 pitch into the right-field seats.

"I might have to throw it lefty to him," Pavano said. "I
couldn't figure him out. The homer was on a 3-1 fastball. In the
ninth, he hit the first pitch the other way. He's really a good
hitter."

Gonzalez put the Marlins up 3-1 in the sixth with his fifth
homer, a two-run shot to right.

"It was nice to see Alex pick up some of our guys," Marlins
manager Jack McKeon said. "We still didn't make it easy. We left
12 guys on base. We've got to drive them in."

With one out, Jeff Conine beat out a grounder into the hole at
short and went to second when the throw by Omar Vizquel got past
first baseman Ben Broussard, who was charged with an error.

Conine went to third as Lenny Harris grounded to second, then
Gonzalez hit a 1-1 pitch the opposite way.

Davis allowed three runs and nine hits over seven innings. The
right-hander walked two, struck out four and dropped to 0-2 over
his last seven starts since May 4.

Juan Pierre drove in Florida's final run in the eighth off Cliff
Bartosh. His opposite-field drive bounced into the left-field
stands for a ground-rule double, scoring Harris, who singled off
Rick White with one out.

Game notes
Marlins 2B Luis Castillo extended his hitting streak to 11
games with a bunt single in the third and went 3-for-3. ... He has
hit .376 (32-for-85) during the streak. ... Martinez has hit .419
(18-for-43) with 10 RBI during an 11-game hitting streak and .333
(42-for-126) with six homers and 37 RBI in 32 starts since being
moved to the cleanup spot in the batting order May 3. ... Pavano
improved to 4-1 on the road. ... Cleveland is 1-5 in the regular
season against the Marlins, their second-worst mark in interleague
play to their 0-3 mark against Los Angeles.