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Lowell, Cabrera homers bail out Florida

ATLANTA (AP) -- Josias Manzanillo sprinted off the mound and
easily beat his teammates to the dugout. Even in the middle
innings, it was too difficult to contain his excitement.

The Florida reliever won for the first time in about 2{ years,
and Mike Lowell and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back homers to lead
the Florida Marlins past the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Tuesday night.

"When you win, you're always happy," Manzanillo said. "Every
time the manager calls for me, I'm ready."

Manzanillo (1-1) pitched a season-high 2 2-3 innings and lowered
his ERA to 0.87. He took over for struggling starter Dontrelle
Willis with two on and one out in the fifth, and got out of the jam
by retiring Julio Franco and Andruw Jones.

When the inning was over, Manzanillo raced as fast as he could
off the field, a ritual he follows after each inning. It's one that
clearly irked the Braves.

"I've got no comment about him," Atlanta left fielder Chipper
Jones said.

Manzanillo insisted he meant no disrespect, and he has no plans
to stop -- even if Florida manager Jack McKeon asked him.

"That's going to be a tough thing to do," he said. "I have to
run when I get excited."

Lowell also doubled and scored a run during a three-run first
inning for the Marlins, who won for only the second time in six
games. They stayed in a first-place tie in the NL East with the
Philadelphia Phillies.

Armando Benitez got five outs for his 26th save in 28 chances,
his first outing in six days.

"We don't make things easy," McKeon said. "We go right down
to the wire."

Eli Marrero homered and finished 3-for-4 for the Braves, who had
won a season-high three straight.

"As long as we don't back up a loss by losing two of three or
three of four, we're going to be all right," Jones said. "If we
play like we did tonight, we're going to be OK."

Willis hasn't made it out of the fifth in his past three starts,
all after he beat Detroit about two weeks ago with a seven-hitter.
He went 4 1-3 innings in this one and allowed four runs on nine
hits.

"I think I can still get the job done, regardless of what I've
been doing lately," Willis said.

The Marlins took a 3-0 lead in the first against Mike Hampton
(2-8), who has given up 18 runs in that inning during his 15
starts.

With one out in the first, Juan Pierre singled and moved to
third on a double by Lowell. Cabrera was intentionally walked to
load the bases, and Hampton then walked Jeff Conine to force in
Pierre. A single by Alex Gonzalez -- only his second hit in the past
five games -- brought home Lowell, and Cabrera scored on a forceout
by Chris Aguila.

"Just poor pitching is what it was," Hampton said. "It seems
like it takes me getting kicked in the face before I start
pitching. I've been in this game a while, you'd think I'd be able
to make an adjustment."

Atlanta tied it on Marrero's three-run homer in the fourth, a
towering drive to the seats in left. But the Marlins got the lead
right back on the solo shots in the fifth -- both off Hampton -- and
the bullpen made it stand.

Game notes
Aguila made the first start of his major league career and
got his first RBI. He's still looking for his first hit. ... Franco
singled in the fourth for the 2,400th hit of his career. ...
Atlanta C Johnny Estrada, who left Monday night's game after he was
hit in the leg by a pitch, is day-to-day. He grounded out to first
as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. ... Manzanillo's last win
came Aug. 12, 2001, against the San Diego Padres. ... Florida last
had back-to-back homers April 21, at Philadelphia.