MIAMI (AP) -- Two former members of the Marlins helped slow
Florida's playoff run.
"We'll bounce back," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "We
still have a chance to win the series. If we want to play in
October, we have to win series."
Florida, which dropped three games behind San Diego in the NL
wild-card race, lost for just the third time in 16 games and
dropped back to .500 at 69-69. The Marlins, 11-31 on May 21, beat
the Diamondbacks on Monday to become the first team in major league
history to climb above .500 after being 20 games under.
Girardi made it to the ballpark about one hour before game time,
about two hours after his wife gave birth to the couples' third
child, a daughter named Lena Yvonne. Kim Girardi also had labor
induced when she delivered their first child in September 1999,
when her husband played for the Yankees.
"I still have a job to do," Girardi said. "I was there for
the most important part. Kim understands completely. I don't think
Lena's going to know unless someone tells her in five or six
"It was one of those days where the elements got me," said
Willis, who gave up five hits and three walks. "I came up short
today. I got some fluids in me, so I'm feeling a little better now.
I was sweating a lot. Usually, when it happens I'm able to pitch
Vargas (11-9), who spent the first 6½ years of his professional
career in the Marlins' farm system, gave up four hits while walking
"I like seeing my friends do well, but not tonight," said
Marlins catcher Matt Treanor, who played with Vargas in the minors.
"He was on top of his game."
Carlos Quentin, a rookie who was called up in July, homered in
the second and Orlando Hudson hit an RBI single in the third.
Easley, who played for Florida the previous two seasons, homered in
the fourth when the ball bounced out of the glove of Joe Borchard
and went over the fence as the outfielder hit the wall.
"There's no vindication," Easley said. "It s always good to
play against your former mates and see if you come out on top."
Snyder added a sacrifice fly in the eighth off Matt Herges.
Arizona third baseman Andy Green saved a run in the third when
he made a diving stop on Dan Uggla's grounder and threw him out to
strand a runner. Green had another spectacular defensive play when
he dove to his right to nab Matt Treanor's fifth-inning grounder
down the line and threw him out at first.
After coming back from a 5-0 deficit Monday with the help of a
six-run, two-out rally in the sixth, the Marlins never gave up hope
"We showed anything can happen in one inning," Uggla said.
"We never gave up, never quit, but the bats just weren't there
Willis hit Easley with a pitch in the sixth inning, setting
a team record with his 17th hit batter. Kevin Brown hit 16 in 1996.
... Willis start was the 122nd, moving him past Ryan Dempster for
third place on Florida's career list. ... Arizona left the bases
loaded in the sixth and seventh innings. ... The seven shutouts in the major leagues on Tuesday are the most in one day since June 4, 1972, when there were eight. The eight shutouts that day are the most in one day in major-league history.