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Uggla powers Marlins to 7-1 start with win
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Uggla powers Marlins to 7-1 start with win

Published Apr. 16, 2009 4:41 a.m. ET

Dan Uggla drove in three runs for the second straight game and the Florida Marlins continued their strong start, beating the Atlanta Braves 10-4 on Wednesday night.

At 7-1, Florida has its best start since opening 1997 with eight wins in the first nine games.

The Marlins snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh on Peter Moylan's bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Russ Gload. Moylan (0-1) gave up a leadoff single to Jorge Cantu, who scored the go-ahead run on Gload's walk.

Four Florida relievers allowed only two hits and no runs in 4 1-3 innings.

Hayden Penn (1-0) retired all four batters he faced for his first win since Sept. 1, 2005 for Baltimore at Toronto.

Uggla had two hits, including a two-run double in Florida's three-run fifth.

The Marlins padded the lead with five runs in the ninth off Blaine Boyer and Jorge Campillo. Cody Ross, pinch-hitter Wes Helms and Hanley Ramirez had run-scoring singles and John Baker added a two-run hit.

Boyer gave up four runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter in the ninth and has a 40.50 ERA.

Florida had four straight hits off Lowe in the fifth. With one out, Baker singled to center and moved to third on Ramirez's double. Cantu drove in Baker with a single to left, and Uggla followed with his two-run double over the first-base bag.

The Braves tied the game with three runs in the fifth off Andrew Miller. Casey Kotchman had a run-scoring triple and scored on Omar Infante's single.

Uggla gave Florida a 1-0 lead with a first-inning single that drove in Emilio Bonifacio.

Kelly Johnson had a first-inning triple and scored on Infante's sacrifice fly.

Lowe threw 106 pitches in five innings, giving up seven hits and four runs with five walks and five strikeouts.


Braves 3B Chipper Jones was held out after aggravating his bruised left thumb in his last at-bat on Tuesday night. He said he doesn't expect to play on Thursday. ... Lowe matched his career high with five walks, reaching the total for the eighth time. ... Cantu's stolen base in the seventh inning left the Marlins 8-for-8 for the season. ... Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said before the game he planned to rest closer Matt Lindstrom.


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