and the rest of the
' sluggers allowed
to relax a little on the mound with a big lead.
Ramirez hit a grand slam,
each homered, and West scattered four hits over six scoreless innings as the Marlins cruised past the
11-3 on Thursday night.
Florida led 5-0 in the third inning, allowing West (3-2) to notch his third win in his last four starts.
''It's very easy to pitch with a lead like that,'' West said. ''The run support was great. Pitching and defense are key to
a win and when you have all three going, it's unbeatable.''
It was the third grand slam of the season for Ramirez, and second in three games, tying him for the single-season franchise
record with Ross (2009),
(1997.) Ramirez has 13 RBIs in his last four games. He is now batting a major league-leading .429 with runners in scoring
Leading 7-0 in the eighth, Ramirez hit an 0-1 pitch from reliever
over the left-field scoreboard.
''I have (Jorge) Cantu behind me so I know they have to pound the zone,'' Ramirez said. ''I think our starting pitching has
been going deep in games. That's the key to take us to a different level.''
After striking out the side in the first inning, Baltimore starter
(3-2) struggled. He gave up six runs and eight hits over 4 1-3 innings.
''This is a very good team and they came out swinging,'' Hill said. ''They were ready to hit. They're on a bit of a roll right
now and if you catch a team when they're hot and get the bats going, sometimes it's tough to put them out.''
The Marlins pounded out 17 hits, one shy of their season-high 18 on June 14 at Toronto, and every Marlins position player
got at least one hit as they swept the three-game series against Baltimore.
''It was just a great series for us, all around, pitching, defense, hitting,'' Ross said. ''They've got a good team and they've
been playing well. They came in here hot and we knew we'd have to get up to play these guys after the Yankees series. We couldn't
let down and we didn't.''
Florida is two games above .500 for the first time since May 10 and have won five straight for the first time since its season-high
seven consecutive victories from April 12-19.
The Orioles lost their third consecutive game after winning five in a row coming into the series.
''Let's give the Marlins a lot of credit. We fell behind early and we couldn't stay away from the big inning,'' Orioles manager
Dave Trembley said. ''They put back-to-back crooked numbers up and we didn't recover.''
The Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the second when Ross homered over the left-field scoreboard, driving in Uggla, who singled
with one out.
Hill's problems continued in the third. Florida stretched its lead to 3-0 when Ramirez singled in
, who doubled to open the inning. One out later, Uggla hit his team-leading 15th homer to make it 5-0.
After giving up back-to-back doubles to Ramirez and Cantu in the fifth, Hill was replaced by
with the score 6-0.
The Orioles scored three runs in the ninth off Christopher Leroux on RBI doubles by Greg Zaun and
, who reached base five times with four hits and a walk.
''I thought we had good at-bats against (West), but nothing to show for it,'' Markakis said. ''We hit some balls hard, but
that's how it ends up sometimes.''
Notes: Orioles RHP
is nursing a sore elbow and will see team doctor John Wilckens on Friday. After that exam, his status for a possible Sunday
start will be determined. ''There is some soreness in his elbow,'' Trembley said before the game. ... SS
(appendicitis) will continue his rehab for the next six days in Baltimore. ... Marlins closer
(sprained right ankle) threw a side session Thursday and simulated covering first base. He remains day-to-day. ... The Marlins
improved to 16-5 all-time against the Orioles.