Led by Delgado and Cabrera, Marlins pound Braves
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
drove in four runs apiece as the
coasted to an 11-6 victory over the
Delgado had two doubles, a homer and three runs scored. His two-run double highlighted a five-run third inning and sent Atlanta starter
(3-1) to his first loss since August 21 against the
Los Angeles Dodgers
Cabrera launched his fifth homer of the season, a three-run shot in the seventh, to extend Florida's lead to 9-2.
and Delgado added RBI doubles in the ninth.
"It's nice for a change to bail a pitcher out," Delgado said. "It's nice to see the bats come out."
Cabrera finished with two runs scored for Florida, which scored eight of its runs with two outs.
"When you score with two outs, it makes the game easy for you," Cabrera said. "We scored eight runs with two outs. I think that's why we won the game."
"That's why there are three outs in an inning," said Hampton, who had won his last seven decisions. "I couldn't make a big pitch when I needed to."
It was a two-out bunt single by Pierre that got the Marlins started in the third inning of this one.
followed with a single and Hampton got ahead of Delgado 0-2, but the slugger laced a double down the line, scoring Castillo and Pierre.
both singled with two strikes before
Paul Lo Duca
capped the five-run outburst with a run-scoring single to left-center field.
"They just kept battling," Hampton said. "I made some mistakes. It just hurts that most of the mistakes I made were to six hitters in a row."
(1-2) was the beneficiary of the Florida offensive outburst. Pitching in and out of trouble all night, he walked six but managed to yield only two runs and two hits in five innings.
"The walks hurt me," Leiter said. "We had a big lead. That said, I was upset with some of the things I didn't do. But I'm certainly happy about the win."
Atlanta had the bases loaded in the third inning against Leiter, but could not capitalize, as
fouled out and
flied out to left field to end the threat.
The Braves also had an opportunity to close the gap in the fifth, but Mondesi's flied out to Cabrera on the warning track with two on and two out.
"I thought he had it," Braves manager
said. "It got in on him a quarter of an inch."
Hampton yielded six runs and eight hits in six innings and suffered his first home loss since June 29. Since that last home setback, which also was to Florida, Hampton was 8-0 with a 2.37 ERA in nine home starts for Atlanta.
The Braves, who managed only six hits, scored four runs in the eighth to pull within 9-6.
Jones led off the inning with a single, advanced to third on a double by Mondesi and scored on a wild pitch. After
laced a run-scoring double.
capped the inning with an RBI double.
Easley and Delgado helped tack on two insurance runs in the ninth.
"That was huge," Delgado said. "They came back in the eighth. Just when they though they're out of the inning, we came back with some more hits."
The 11 runs scored by Florida was its top offensive showing of the season.