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Moehler goes seven strong innings to win fourth straight

PHOENIX (AP) -- Juan Encarnacion and Carlos Delgado provided the
support Brian Moehler was waiting for.

Encarnacion had a homer, two doubles and three RBI, and Delgado
also homered to help the Florida Marlins beat the Arizona
Diamondbacks 9-2 Wednesday night.

"We all realize that not every night you're going to be able to
score nine runs, but putting together some good at-bats is going to
give us some good results," Delgado said.

Moehler, who is 6-6 despite an impressive 3.36 ERA, won his
fourth straight -- his best run since winning five in a row for
Detroit in August 2000. The Marlins have won consecutive games for
the first time since July 7.

Moehler allowed two runs and 10 hits. He walked none, struck out
five and had an RBI double -- just his third hit in 56 career
at-bats and first for extra bases.

Delgado and Encarnacion hit two-run homers off Arizona starter
Brandon Webb in the Marlins' six-run sixth that made it 9-2.
Moehler drove in the last run with a liner to the gap in
right-center field off Greg Aquino.

Alex Gonzalez and Luis Castillo had run-scoring singles for the
Marlins.

Troy Glaus had an RBI double and Shawn Green drove in a run for
the Diamondbacks, who lost for the fourth time in six games.

Arizona loaded the bases with two outs against reliever Travis
Smith in the eighth, but Jim Mecir came on to strike out
pinch-hitter Tony Clark.

Webb (8-7) gave up eight of his 10 hits and all eight runs in
the fifth and sixth innings. He went 5 1/3 innings, walked two and
threw a wild pitch, falling to 0-4 in five starts since a win at
San Francisco on June 23.

"I haven't been able to make the pitches when I want to and
stop the big inning, so it's something we'll have to work on in the
bullpen," Webb said.

The Marlins scored three runs in the fifth.

Miguel Cabrera had a leadoff single, Paul Lo Duca walked and
Encarnacion hit a ground-rule double over the left-field wall.
Lowell followed with a sacrifice fly, and Gonzalez made it 3-1 with
a single.

The rally ended a string of eight consecutive batters retired by
Webb, a sinkerball specialist who was helped by groundball double
plays after allowing leadoff singles in the first two innings.

Florida put the game away in the sixth.

Castillo hit a run-scoring single before Delgado's 20th homer
made it 6-2. After an out, Lo Duca singled and Encarnacion hit his
homer.

Moehler held the Diamondbacks to one run in the fourth despite
giving up four straight singles -- including Green's for an RBI --
with no outs.

With the bases loaded, Moehler struck out Jose Cruz Jr., got
Chris Snyder to pop out and then retired Webb on a grounder to end
the threat.

"I was just trying for damage control hopefully, just give up a
couple of runs," Moehler said.

Florida manager Jack McKeon called the inning a turning point.

"The guys in the dugout were saying, 'Hey, let's go get him
some runs,' " McKeon said.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin agreed.

"That really swung the momentum their way, when we don't score
and they come back and score three," Melvin said.

Arizona made it 3-2 on Glaus' fifth-inning double.

Game notes
The Diamondbacks turned a 3-5-1 double play in the first,
with 3B Glaus covering second because of a defensive shift toward
the right side against Delgado. ... Lowell (0-for-3) was the only
Marlins starter without a hit. ... Arizona has scored three runs or
fewer in 12 of its last 13 home games. ... Moehler got back to .500
for the first time since May 27, when he had a 2-2 record after a
loss to the New York Mets.