MIAMI (AP) -- Carl Pavano is often overshadowed in Florida's rotation.
He's not the World Series MVP like Josh Beckett. He's not the NL Rookie of the Year like Dontrelle Willis. He doesn't have a
no-hitter like A.J. Burnett. And he doesn't throw nearly as hard as
Brad Penny. But he's more consistent than any of them -- something everyone is starting to notice.
Pavano pitched a three-hitter Wednesday night to give the
Florida Marlins a 4-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Pavano (7-2) won his third consecutive start and picked up his second career shutout -- his first since June 13, 1999. He struck
out eight and issued one intentional walk. "Right now, he's at the top of the list," Marlins manager Jack
McKeon said. "He's the unsung hero. He's unheralded. This guy is
overlooked sometimes, but since the middle of last season, he's
been right there with the best of them." In his last 10 starts, Pavano has gone at least seven innings
and allowed three or fewer runs eight times. "We know we're going to get a quality start out of him every
time," teammate Juan Pierre said. "Even his bad outings, he only
gives up three or four runs. He slips through the weeds here but
has been very productive." Pavano mixed a live fastball with an effective slider to keep
the White Sox -- who scored 55 runs in the previous six games -- off
balance. He even ended Carlos Lee's hitting streak at 28 games.
Lee's streak was a team record and the longest in the majors this
season. "Every streak is going to end," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
"It was a joy to watch. He helped us win a lot of games during
that time. Maybe he'll go back out there and start a new one." Lee went 0-for-4 against Pavano with a groundout, two strikeouts and a flyout. He struck out in the ninth on a high fastball. "Anytime you do something like this, it's nice to look back
on," said Lee, who hit .369 (45-for-122) during the streak. "I'm
sure I'll be able to do that at some point, but not right now. ...
I'm not disappointed or upset. I gave it a nice run, and it finally
ended. That's about it." Scott Schoeneweis (5-5) lost his third straight start. He
allowed 10 hits and four runs in 6 1-3 innings. Florida's Mike Lowell, who snapped an 0-for-28 slump with a solo shot Tuesday night, hit his 16th homer in the fourth inning
Wednesday. His two-run shot with Luis Castillo aboard broke a
scoreless tie. The Marlins made it 4-0 in the fifth on Pierre's sharp single
through a drawn-in infield. Alex Gonzalez opened the inning with a
double, and Abraham Nunez followed with a walk. Pavano's sacrifice
moved them to second and third with one out. The infield moved onto the grass, hoping to prevent more runs, but Pierre laced a grounder under a diving second baseman Juan
Uribe. Pavano cruised with the four-run lead, retiring 13 of the last
15 batters he faced. "It was good to give the bullpen a little rest," Pavano said.
"Keeping the ball down is the key for me, and I've worked hard all
season to do that and it's paying off."Game Notes The Sox agreed to a contract with first-round draft pick Josh Fields. ... Schoeneweis doubled in the third, his second career hit. ... Pierre was caught stealing for the 11th time this season. He was caught 20 times all of last season. ... Florida C Mike Redmond, a career .320 hitter against left-handers, started the season 2-for-27 against lefties. But he picked up two singles against Schoeneweis.