MIAMI (AP) -- The Florida Marlins are surprising everyone except
Brian Moehler pitched seven strong innings as the Marlins
defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 on Saturday for their seventh
straight victory.Moehler (5-5) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out
four for his fifth win in six decisions."I'm just pounding the strike zone, trying to be aggressive,"
Moehler said. "Every time we walk out there we have a good chance
to win. We're doing the little things to win ball games."The Marlins, winners of 17 of their last 23, are on their
longest winning streak since a nine-game run Aug. 27-Sept. 8, 2004.
Florida also improved to 13-4 all-time against Toronto."That is a tough lineup," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said.
"We've done the necessary things to shut them down so far."Blue Jays rookie Casey Janssen (5-5) had his worst performance
in 11 starts this season, allowing seven runs and 11 hits in just
three-plus innings."My location was terrible. I was missing with every pitch then
I had to groove it," Janssen said. "I was behind every hitter and
I don't have overpowering stuff. I need to get ahead and make them
hit my pitch."Toronto lost its fifth straight interleague game and ninth in
the last 10 against NL opponents."They've outplayed us the last two days," Blue Jays manager
John Gibbons said. "They've got a lot of young guys with something
to prove. I'm glad we're not a National League team. They're a team
on a mission and that's a dangerous thing."Florida sent nine batters to the plate in a four-run third to
take a 5-2 lead. Jeremy Hermida and Miguel Olivo each hit
bases-loaded singles and Moehler also had an RBI single. It was his
second career hit and second RBI.Mike Jacobs hit a two-run homer into the right-field stands off
Janssen in the fourth to stretch Florida's lead to 7-2."A lot of guys have stepped up," Jacobs said. "The bottom
line is our pitching has done so well. We come in and we expect to
win."Florida added a run in the seventh when Dan Uggla was hit by a
pitch from Francisco Rosario with the bases loaded.The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first on Miguel Cabrera's RBI
single.The Blue Jays went ahead 2-1 with a two-out rally in the third.
Alex Rios walked, Frank Catalanotto followed with a single and both
scored on Vernon Wells' double down the left-field line.
Moehler made his first start against Toronto since June 21,
2000, when he was with Detroit. ... Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez is
hitless in his last 28 at-bats. ... Jacobs has hit in 11 of the
last 12 games. ... Toronto C Bengie Molina extended his career-high
hitting streak to 16 games. Official scorer Ron Jernick initially
scored a soft liner by Molina that bounced off second baseman
Uggla's glove as an error. After the game, it was changed to a hit.
... Janssen made his first interleague start.