Cabrera had an RBI triple and scored a run in the third inning and
belted his major league-leading 23rd home run as the Marlins completed a three-game sweep of the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
with a 3-2 victory.
In Friday's series opener, Cabrera's first major league hit was a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning that gave Florida a 3-1 win.
In this one, the 20-year-old Venezuelan left fielder broke a scoreless deadlock with his second big league hit and scored on
's sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
"The guy wins two out of three games with key hits. That's important," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "If he goes 2-for-10 next week and they are two game-winning hits, we'll take that."
"My confidence is growing," Cabrera said through an interpreter. "The more I see pitches, the better I feel."
The Marlins' lead was down to 2-1 with one out in the seventh when Lowell launched a 3-1 offering from
(3-3) over the left field wall to restore a two-run cushion. It was Florida's only other hit of the game.
"I got a good count," Lowell said. "I hit a line drive, but I got it over the wall. It was a good feeling. It's quite a difference when you have a two-run lead instead of a one-run lead."
Lowell entered the seventh with just one hit in his last 19 at-bats. Each of his last four hits, however, have been home runs.
(6-8) retired the first 13 batters he faced en route to his second win in as many career outings against Tampa Bay. The righthander's previous start vs. the
was a three-hitter for the
at Olympic Stadium on June 13, 1999.
"I was working my fastball in and out," Pavano said. "When I gave those hits up (in the fifth inning), I got behind and left some balls up. They got some good swings on them. I made some bad pitches in those middle innings."
Trailing 2-0 in the fifth, the
got a one-out double from
for their first hit of the game.
followed with a single but was tagged out in a rundown between first and second.
"It was a big turning point when Anderson got thrown out," Pavano said. "That gave me a little breather and let me relax from there. The defense made some great plays behind me and we got some timely runs."
singled in Lee to get Tampa Bay within 2-1.
also singled for the
' fourth straight hit, putting runners on the corners with two outs. But Gonzalez flied out to end the threat.
"We can't make mistakes," Tampa Bay manager
said. "We get four hits in an inning and only one run. The runner (was) picked off at first on the base hit. They got one hit and one walk (in the third) and two runs."
Florida right fielder
was ejected in the seventh by plate umpire Jerry Meals for arguing balls and strikes.
Huff singled in a run in the eighth to make it 3-2, but Tampa Bay dropped its fifth straight and 14th in the last 16 games.