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Clayton has four hits, but no backup from D-Backs

PHOENIX (AP) -- A.J. Burnett showed loyalty to his team. He hopes
the Florida Marlins will reciprocate.

The focus of trade talk, Burnett won for the first time in four
starts and Miguel Cabrera homered twice, leading Florida over the
Diamondbacks 6-3 Tuesday night for only the Marlins' second win in
nine games.

"Hopefully I can stay around here and watch this team play,
because, like I said, this is a great group of guys, and they can
play behind me any day," Burnett said. "So if I was to go,
there'd be a lot of friendships that'd be missed."

Carlos Delgado also homered for the Marlins (46-46), who on
Monday dropped below .500 for the first time since they were 5-6 on
April 16.

Following a loss and two no-decisions in his previous three
starts, Burnett (6-6) allowed three runs, six hits and three walks
in six innings. He moved ahead of Ryan Dempster into sole
possession of second on the Marlins career wins list with 43,
trailing only Brad Penny (48).

Florida is thought to be talking to Baltimore about a trade that
would send Burnett to the Orioles.

"I don't even pay any attention to that stuff until the time
comes that somebody says he's not here," manager Jack McKeon.
"Otherwise, I've got him penciled in to pitch Sunday."

But Delgado felt the trade talk, which could involve a deal to
Baltimore, was distracting.

"It is tough, being in that situation where you're getting
shopped around," Delgado said. "Sometimes you don't even know,
you know. They're writing stuff that you're not even aware of."

John Riedling pitched a scoreless seventh, Guillermo Mota worked
the eighth only 24 hours after pitching two innings in an 8-7 loss
to Arizona and Todd Jones finished for his 15h save.

Royce Clayton had four hits, including a triple and double, and
drove in all three runs off Burnett. But he also was stranded all
four times on base when Burnett struck out Koyie Hill to end the
second, fourth, sixth and eighth innings.

Each strikeout drew louder boos. Hill, a rookie catcher, was
recalled from Triple-A Tucson because of a wrist injury to Kelly
Stinnett, and started because Chris Snyder had stomach flu.

"It's tough on a last-minute replacement like that," Arizona
manager Bob Melvin said. "You know, he's been down there playing
some, hitting right around .265, and he's a guy we envision as an
offensive player. He just had a tough night at the plate."

Javier Vazquez (8-9) allowed six runs and nine hits in five
innings, setting season highs for homers (three) and walks (five).
He is 1-5 in his last six starts.

"When I'm out there I want to throw eight or nine innings,"
Vazquez said. "That's the bottom line, so tonight was
disappointing."

Delgado hit a two-run homer in the first, and Cabrera connected
on the next pitch. Juan Pierre hit an RBI single in the second, and
Cabrera homered on Vazquez's first pitch of the third inning for a
5-0 lead.

"We haven't been playing that good," said Cabrera, who has
three two-homer games this season and five in his career.
"Especially our offense has been kind of inconsistent, so it's
nice to go out and put some runs on the board."

Mike Lowell hit a run-scoring single in the fifth.

Game notes
Clayton had his ninth four-hit game. ... Vazquez, who came
in tied with Penny and Matt Morris for fewest walks in the NL (17),
had two intentional walks. ... The Marlins have hit consecutive
homers four times this year.