Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Florida leads 2-0 (as of 6/17)

Game 1: Friday, June 16
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Game 2: Saturday, June 17
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Game 3: Sunday, June 18
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Blue Jays 2

(37-31, 14-17 away)

Marlins 8

(28-37, 14-17 home)

    6:05 PM ET, June 17, 2006

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: B. Moehler (5-5)

    L: C. Janssen (5-5)

    Marlins beat Jays for seventh straight victory

    MIAMI (AP) -- The Florida Marlins are surprising everyone except themselves.

    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.

    Game notes


    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.

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