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Phillies rout reeling Marlins

After 11-1 start, Florida losing streak hits six

The Phillies' Shane Victorino got into the swing of things, driving in four runs to help Philadelphia finish off a sweep of the Marlins. The Phillies' Shane Victorino got into the swing of things, driving in four runs to help Philadelphia finish off a sweep of the Marlins. (Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press)
Associated Press / April 27, 2009
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The Florida Marlins have had a rocky season - and it's just April.

Shane Victorino drove in four runs, Jamie Moyer pitched six solid innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies extended the Marlins' skid to six games with a 13-2 victory yesterday in Miami.

Florida, which began the season 11-1, is mired in its longest losing streak since an eight-game slide from Aug. 15-22, 2007. The Marlins' latest loss got so out of hand that outfielder Cody Ross pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

"We're not an 11-1 team, and we're not an 0-6 team - we're somewhere in the middle," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Moyer (3-1) allowed one run and seven hits to improve to 7-0 at Dolphin Stadium and 12-1 against the Marlins.

Graham Taylor (0-1) lasted just 3 2/3 innings in his major league debut for Florida. He walked six and hit a batter while allowing four runs and four hits.

Marlins pitchers combined for 11 walks, two hit batters, and a wild pitch - and that was before Ross limited Philadelphia to an infield single in the ninth. Ross started in right and had three hits and a diving catch.

Nationals 8, Mets 1 - Top prospect Jordan Zimmermann (2-0) struck out David Wright three times and allowed one run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings as Washington routed New York for its first road victory this season.

Jesus Flores homered and drove in three runs against his former club, Austin Kearns also teed off on an ineffective Oliver Perez, and the Nationals improved the majors' worst record to 4-13 by snapping a three-game skid.

Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3 - Scott Rolen hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning, helping visiting Toronto beat Chicago for its sixth straight series win.

After a shaky start, Toronto ace Roy Halladay (4-1) settled down and retired 12 of the last 14 batters he faced.

Athletics 7, Rays 1 - Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs, Dana Eveland pitched into the sixth inning, and host Oakland beat slumping Tampa Bay, which lost for the ninth time in 12 games.

Cubs 10, Cardinals 3 - Kosuke Fukudome hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs on his 32d birthday, Rich Harden struck out nine in six innings, and Chicago routed St. Louis, ending the Cardinals' nine-game home winning streak.

Angels 8, Mariners 0 - Howie Kendrick homered and had a career-high four RBIs, Jered Weaver combined with two relievers on a five-hitter, and host Los Angeles avoided a sweep against Seattle by routing former Angel Jarrod Washburn.

Diamondbacks 5, Giants 4 - Justin Upton's two-run homer off Giants closer Brian Wilson capped a three-run ninth inning and Conor Jackson hit a bases-loaded single in the 12th, rallying host Arizona past San Francisco.

Reds 8, Braves 2 - Jay Bruce homered twice and drove in four runs, Micah Owings earned his first win in nearly a year with seven strong innings, and host Cincinnati beat Atlanta.

Tigers 3, Royals 2 - Brandon Inge hit a two-run homer and Armando Galarraga pitched six solid innings to help visiting Detroit beat Kansas City.

Orioles 8, Rangers 5 - Adam Jones hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and host Baltimore rallied from a 5-1 deficit to beat Texas.

Indians 4, Twins 2 - Aaron Laffey pitched into the seventh inning and rookie Tony Sipp came up with big strikeouts of Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel with the bases loaded in the seventh, helping host Cleveland beat Minnesota to avoid a three-game sweep.

Rockies 10, Dodgers 4 - Ryan Spilborghs homered and drove in three runs and Clint Barmes added a two-run shot as host Colorado avoided being swept by Los Angeles.

Astros 3, Brewers 2 - Ivan Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking homer in the fourth inning, and host Houston snapped Milwaukee's four-game winning streak.

Pirates 8, Padres 3 - Ross Ohlendorf pitched into the eighth inning and Adam LaRoche hit two home runs, including a three-run shot off Jake Peavy (2-3), lifting visiting Pittsburgh over San Diego.

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