PHOENIX (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera and Florida's young pitchers have
the Marlins winning again.
Cabrera hit his 18th homer and drove in four runs during his
seventh consecutive multihit game, leading the Marlins to a 6-5
victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Dan Uggla doubled, tripled and score three runs for the Marlins,
who took two of three from Arizona.
Rookie Ricky Nolasco (11-7) went 7 1-3 innings, giving up three
runs and six hits. He improved to 5-1 in his last six starts. It
was the 37th victory by a Marlins rookie this season, most in the
Florida is the first team to have three rookies with at least
nine victories since the 1986 Texas Rangers.
"Man, they're great," Cabrera said. "They know how to pitch
at this level. The young people on this team, they're pretty good
and I think they're only going to get better."
After being swept at home by the Dodgers, the Marlins have gone
4-2 on the road and are headed to Los Angeles for a rematch
"It says a lot," Nolasco said. "It says how we're maturing,
and we're not going to roll over for anybody."
Cabrera has led the resurgence, hitting .556 (15-for-27) during
his multihit spree. His 49th multihit game tied him with Chase
Utley of Philadelphia for most in the National League.
"We went in today saying we weren't going to let Cabrera beat
us," Arizona catcher Chris Snyder said. "We left one over the
plate for him and that was the pitch he hit through the hole at
second for a couple of RBI, then later in the game (Tony) Pena
left one up to him and that's the one he put in the stands."
Stephen Drew and Luis Gonzalez hit solo home runs for the
Diamondbacks, whose 4-5 homestand cost them a chance to take over
the NL wild-card lead.
Florida scored three unearned runs off Enrique Gonzalez (3-4) in
the fourth inning after third baseman Chad Tracy committed two
errors on one play. Gonzalez pitched six innings, and also doubled
and singled in two at-bats.
Uggla doubled with one out in the first and scored on Mike
Jacobs' single. The Marlins went on to load the bases with one out,
but Jeremy Hermida struck out and Alfredo Amezaga bounced in to a
Nolasco retired the initial six batters before Drew hit the
first pitch of the Arizona third deep into the right-field seats to
tie it at 1.
Florida took the lead for good with three unearned runs in the
With Marlins at first and third and two outs, Tracy bobbled
Uggla's sharp grounder, then threw wildly to first, allowing the
runners to advance to second and third. On an 0-2 pitch, Cabrera
singled both of them home to put Florida up 4-1.
Arizona manager Bob Melvin said there was no thought of walking
Cabrera to get to cleanup batter Mike Jacobs.
"To put added guys in the middle of the game with Jacobs behind
him is a tough thing to do," Melvin said.
Gonzalez's 415-foot shot into the swimming pool area in
right-center led off the Diamondbacks' fourth to cut the lead to
Arizona made it 4-3 in the sixth when Orlando Hudson drew a
leadoff walk, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a
groundout and scored on Tracy's single.
Pena relieved in the seventh and gave up a leadoff triple to
Uggla and a 418-foot homer to right-center by Cabrera.
"I was like `Wow," Girardi said. "There's not a lot of
players who can do that."
Both of Cabrera's big hits were to the opposite field.
"That's my game," he said. "I hit it where they pitch it to
Drew extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Tracy has
18 errors, twice as many as any other Arizona player. ... Rookies
earned both wins for Florida in the series. Josh Johnson won the
opener Friday night. ... Arizona CF Eric Byrnes, 0-for-11 in the
series, slammed the bat down when he popped out to end the fifth.
The bat broke and a small piece of the debris hit catcher Miguel
Olivo in the face. Olivo wasn't hurt.