Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/10)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 9
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Game 2: Wednesday, May 10
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Game 3: Thursday, May 11
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Braves 3

(14-19, 8-14 away)

Marlins 11

(9-22, 3-13 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 10, 2006

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: J. Johnson (3-2)

    L: K. Davies (2-3)

    Marlins pound out 17 hits in 11-3 rout of Braves

    MIAMI (AP) -- Manager Joe Girardi was in his office savoring the Florida Marlins' first home win in nearly a month when his cell phone rang.

    "That's my Aunt Marge," Girardi said. "She's having a Grey Goose, I can tell you that."

    Even in Rock Falls, Ill., where Aunt Marge lives, the Marlins' 11-3 victory Wednesday over Atlanta was cause for celebration. It ended their streak of 11 consecutive home losses.

    "Let's go on a winning streak," said rookie Josh Johnson, who limited Atlanta to one unearned run in six innings. "That's what we're here for -- to win."

    The Marlins came into the game with baseball's worst record, but they totaled 17 hits and handed the Braves their most lopsided defeat this season.

    Miguel Cabrera hiked his average to .345 by going 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, two RBI and four runs scored. Joe Borchard homered and had a career-high four RBI, and Mike Jacobs also homered for Florida.

    Johnson (3-2) limited the Braves to four hits, walked none and lowered his ERA to 2.78. The 6-foot-7 right-hander has won both of his starts since moving into the rotation, and he's the first Florida pitcher to win back-to-back starts.

    "When you get an opportunity, you've got to take advantage," he said. "That's what I'm doing right now."

    Johnson shut down NL batting leader Edgar Renteria, who went 0-for-4 to end his 23-game hitting streak to start the season.

    "I'll start another one tomorrow," Renteria said.

    Florida's Dan Uggla had three hits. Josh Willingham went 2-for-2 with two RBI and reached base four times to help the Marlins improve to 3-13 in Miami.

    Their home losing streak matched a franchise record, and they snapped a four-game losing streak overall. The Braves fell to 2-5 on their eight-game trip.

    Girardi held a 30-minute team meeting before the game, and his players responded with their first home win since April 14 before a small but lively crowd of 6,299.

    "The fans that are coming out are cheering for us, and they're loud," Girardi said. "It's nice to give them something to ride home and be happy about."

    Last in the majors in hits, Florida totaled eight while scoring four runs in four-plus innings against Kyle Davies (2-3). He gave up both homers, which increased his season total to 10.

    "It's tough to pitch when you're 2-0, 2-1 on every single guy," Davies said. "I fell behind early and never got back to evening the count. It's something I can figure out."

    Ricky Nolasco pitched two innings of perfect relief for Florida. Randy Messenger allowed a two-run double to Adam LaRoche in the ninth.

    Florida kept Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones on the run all night. Two hits sailed over his head, and he missed a third with a diving try.

    Jacobs tied the game with his fourth homer leading off the second inning. Cabrera singled in the third and came home on a double by Willingham, putting the Marlins up 2-1. Willingham then slipped and fell on a pickoff play and was tagged out eight feet from the base.

    Another baserunning lapse almost hurt the Marlins in the fourth, when Jacobs advanced only from second to third on a double by Reggie Abercrombie. But Jacobs scored anyway on a two-out infield hit by Hanley Ramirez for a 3-1 lead.

    Cabrera hit his fifth homer to start the fifth.

    "Pitching and hitting -- we got the best of both, finally," he said.

    Atlanta's Peter Moylan, who hadn't allowed a run this season, gave up five consecutive hits to open the seventh. They included an RBI double by Cabrera and run-scoring singles by Willingham and Borchard.

    Florida hit for the cycle in the ninth against Chris Reitsma, including a three-run homer by Borchard, his first.

    The Marlins rank last in the majors in fielding, and an error led to Atlanta's run in the second inning. Center fielder Abercrombie dropped a routine fly when left fielder Willingham nearly ran into him, and the runner scored on two-out, broken-bat single by Ryan Langerhans.

    Game notes


    Cabrera matched a career high with his four hits. ... The game started 25 minutes late because of the second rain delay in as many nights. ... NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip threw out the first pitch -- and lobbed it to Chipper Jones in the Braves' dugout.

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