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(Tuesday, May 18th)
Final Score: Florida 8, Arizona 0
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Cameron Maybin hit a three-run homer and Dan Uggla also went deep during a five-run sixth inning as Florida routed Arizona, 8-0, in the finale of a brief two-game series.
Jorge Cantu finished with three hits, drove in a run and scored once while Cody Ross also knocked in one for the Marlins, who earned a split and have won five of six overall.
Brian Barden, who took over at shortstop for Hanley Ramirez after Ramirez was benched by manager Fredi Gonzalez for nonchalantly jogging after a ball in Monday's 5-1 loss, finished 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Josh Johnson (4-1) hurled seven scoreless innings for the win, yielding just two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.
"Those are the best wins, when everybody gets involved, and everybody is doing their part," said Johnson. "It was a great team win. That's one you can start building on."
In his first start of 2010 after being called up from Triple-A Reno, Billy Buckner (0-1) suffered the loss after yielding six hits and two runs over five full frames.
Justin Upton and Buckner posted the only hits for the D-Backs, who have dropped nine of their last 11.
Florida exploded for five runs in the sixth inning.
Gaby Sanchez started against Saul Rivera with a walk then later came around to score when Barden slipped a single to right for a 3-0 game. After a sacrifice bunt from Johnson moved runners to second and third, Chris Coghlan's grounder resulted in an out at the plate that left men on the corners.
Maybin followed by slamming a ball over the wall in left-center field to make it 6-0, then Uggla cranked a solo shot to the same spot for a seven-run Marlins edge.
Ross put the Fish up 8-0 in the eighth on his bases-loaded single to center, then Clay Hensley turned in a scoreless ninth to close out the victory.
"In those games you fall behind, you always want to stay close enough and within shouting distance so you can make a run later," said Arizona manager A.J. Hinch. "It became pretty clear that Johnson wasn't going to throw a complete game based on how hard he worked in the beginning of the game. But we never gave ourselves an opportunity to see if we can get to their bullpen."
Florida broke through in the fourth, as a walk, single and hit batter loaded the bases with two outs. Barden was also hit which forced in a run.
Back-to-back doubles off the left field wall by Dan Uggla and Cantu made it 2-0 in the fifth.
It was just the second shutout turned in by Marlins pitching this season, after Nate Robertson and two relievers blanked the Phillies, 2-0, on April 18...Johnson improved to 4-0 with three no-decisions in seven starts since April 15...Arizona had won three of four over Florida coming in...The Diamondbacks designated reliever Blaine Boyer for assignment to complete the Buckner transaction.
05/18 19:51:10 ET
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