MIAMI (Ticker) -- It took the
five tries to beat the
this season. It took
five years to become the winningest pitcher in team history.
Penny pitched six solid innings and
drove in two runs apiece as the Marlins ended a four-game losing streak against the Braves with a 7-4 victory.
Florida was 11-1 against the rest of the National League but 0-4 against Atlanta. Penny (2-1) changed that with his 42nd career win, tying
's club record.
"That's the kind of record that's made to be broken," Penny said. "I've been with the club for a while and it's good to make an impact like that, but I'm sure guys like Dontrelle (Willis) will also be going for that sooner than I did."
The 25-year-old righthander allowed two runs and seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He raised his lifetime mark vs. the Braves to 6-3 and pitched the Marlins to their fourth win in five games.
"I thought I threw pretty good," Penny said. "I was throwing strikes with the breaking ball and changeup. In fact, my breaker was the best it's been this season."
gave up a run in the seventh and
yielded another in the eighth before
worked around a two-out double in the ninth for his major league-leading ninth save.
Conine capped a four-run first inning with a two-run homer off
. Atlanta climbed within 4-3 in the seventh, but Cordero's RBI single sparked a three-run uprising.
"I never even thought about the streak or them having our number, as you guys in the media kept saying," Florida manager Jack McKeon said. "You just go out each night and play the game."
Six days after pitching seven strong innings against Florida, Hampton (0-2) struggled. He gave up six runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings, but his ERA actually dropped slightly to 8.41.
"He just has to go after teams early and not put himself in a position where he's getting in trouble," Braves manager
said. "That's how you mature as a pitcher."
Hampton did not heed his manager's advice in this one.
drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first and
lashed a ground-rule double for his first of four hits. With one out,
singled in a run and Castillo scored on Cordero's sacrifice fly in foul territory down the right field line.
Conine followed with his first homer of the season for a 4-0 cushion.
"It was a lucky swing," he said. "Actually, he threw me a pretty good pitch, but I managed to make contact."
"I really couldn't find any rhythm in that first inning," Hampton said. "I had trouble with the sinker and couldn't seem to get anything working right. By the middle innings, I felt pretty good and thought I was hitting my stride."