MIAMI (Ticker) --
in the thick of the National League wild card race.
Encarnacion had a two-run triple in the fifth inning and Conine knocked in the go-ahead run one inning later as the Marlins overcame a three-run deficit for a 4-3 victory over the
on Thursday night.
The Marlins, who were swept by the Expos in a doubleheader Wednesday, remained 3 1/2 games behind the
San Francisco Giants
for the NL wild card lead.
"Everybody wanted to know how losing those games would affect us," Conine said. "We came back today and kept battling and we didn't quit."
Encarnacion, re-acquired by Florida at the trade deadline, lined a triple to center to drive both runners home. Encarnacion scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by
"He's had some clutch hits since he's been back with us, and he gave us another one," Florida manager Jack McKeon said of Encarnacion, who played with the Marlins last year before being dealt away to the Dodgers in the offseason.
"He has done a good job for us. He's always making key catches, and he has come through with some big hits the last few weeks. He's playing with a sore shoulder, and he wants to stay out there. He'll keep playing until I give him a day off, and that's not going to happen."
Conine gave the Marlins the lead, 4-3, with an RBI single to center with one out in the sixth.
(10-9) made the lead stand, allowing three runs and five hits in seven innings en route to his first win in five starts. Willis retired the last six batters he faced before being pinch-run for after he singled in the bottom of the seventh.
"Guys on this team have a knack of picking each other up," Willis said. "I like having the responsibility of going out there knowing that I have to win that game."
pitched a scoreless eighth and
worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 42nd save in 45 chances.
Hernandez pitched his sixth complete game of the season, allowing eight hits and walking three. It was his first loss in four starts this season against his former team.
"That was the game -- three runs in one inning," Hernandez said. "We lost the game in that one inning. They hit the ball hard, and they hit them in key spots."
The win allowed the Marlins to keep pace in the battle for the NL wild card spot.
"We have 18 games left, and we might have to win 15 of them to pull this off," Marlins catcher
Paul Lo Duca
said. "We know what we have ahead of us. We have to keep scratching and clawing."