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Hernandez sharp as Diamondbacks pound Mitre, Marlins

Jul 25, 2007 - 5:38 AM PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Struggling Livan Hernandez picked up his first victory in nearly two months as the Arizona Diamondbacks posted a 9-3 victory over the Florida Marlins.

Orlando Hudson had three hits, including a homer, and two RBI for the Diamondbacks, who are just 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (56-45) for the top spot in the National League West.

Hernandez (6-6), who was a World Series MVP with the Marlins in 1997, had not won since throwing a complete game against the Houston Astros on May 27, a span of nine starts. During that stretch, the righthander went 0-4 with a 6.41 ERA.

The 32-year-old kept the Marlins hitters off-balance with an assortment of off-speed pitches, allowing just one run and seven hits in seven innings of work. He struck out five and issued only one walk.

"I needed that one bad. I hadn't won in a long time," Hernandez said. "I had good command tonight. I am the kind of pitcher that pitches in the big games and tonight was the time to win. I am the kind of guy that never puts my head down. When you continue working you will fix what is wrong."

Arizona got the offense going early, scoring a run in each of the first two innings and blowing the game wide open in the third.

With one out in the third, Hudson got the attack going with a solo blast to left-center field off Florida starter Sergio Mitre. It was Hudson's ninth home run of the season and second in the last two games. Eric Byrnes followed with a triple off the center field wall and scored on Tony Clark's single to right.

"The last few games we have been swinging the bats well and getting good pitching," Hudson said. "Hitting is contagious. One guy gets a hit then another and another. That is the way the game goes and we have come through the last two games."

The onslaught continued when the Diamondbacks loaded the bases on a single and a hit batsman before Mitre walked Scott Hairston to force in the third run of the frame. Rookie Miguel Montero then knocked in the fourth run of the inning with a sacrifice fly, giving Arizona a 6-0 lead.

"That was a big game for us offensively," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "We have seen games where we either swing the bats well early or late but not both. It is good to see us put the pressure on then tack on a couple of more. As far as the offense is concerned, that is the best we have been in awhile."

Mitre (4-5) who saw his ERA jump from 2.82 to 3.26, lasted only three innings and gave up a season-high seven runs - six earned - and seven hits. He walked two and struck out one. The righthander is now 0-3 lifetime against the Diamondbacks with a 12.51 ERA.

"His sinker wasn't sinking and he left some balls up over the plate. That was his worst outing of the year," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I guess he was due for one of those."

"I did leave some balls up and they were laying off some pretty good pitches," Mitre said. "It was one of those nights were nothing was going to work out. The bottom line is I got hit around."

Chris Young and Stephen Drew each scored twice for Arizona.

Dan Uggla accounted for all of the Florida runs with two homers, a solo shot in the sixth and a two-run shot in the eighth. That pushed his season total to 21 - vaulting him over Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips for tops among major league second basemen.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 10 1
    ARIZONA 1 1 4 1 0 1 0 1 x 9 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: FLA - SERGIO MITRE, RENYEL PINTO (4TH), LEE GARDNER (5TH), TAYLOR
    TANKERSLEY (7TH), MATT LINDSTROM (8TH) AND MIGUEL OLIVO
    ARI - LIVAN HERNANDEZ, EDGAR GONZALEZ (8TH

    Jul 25 12:26 AM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO ERIC BYRNES SCORED JEFF DAVANON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E BYRNES ON FIRST, O HUDSON ON SECOND, C
    YOUNG ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3
    ARIZONA 9 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: T CLARK (.240, 1-FOR-4, RBI)

    Marlins vs. DiamondbacksJul 25 12:14 AM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DAN UGGLA (21) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF EDGAR GONZALEZ SCORED ALFREDO AMEZAGA.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3, ARIZONA 8
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M CABRERA (.335, 1-FOR-3)

    Marlins vs. DiamondbacksJul 24 11:57 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ORLANDO HUDSON SCORED MIGUEL MONTERO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O HUDSON ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1
    ARIZONA 8 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: E BYRNES (.308, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Marlins vs. DiamondbacksJul 24 11:34 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAN UGGLA (20) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF LIVAN HERNANDEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1, ARIZONA 7
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M CABRERA (.333, 0-FOR-2)

    Marlins vs. DiamondbacksJul 24 11:17 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERIC BYRNES HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING CHRIS YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 0
    ARIZONA 7 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: T CLARK (.244, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Marlins vs. DiamondbacksJul 24 10:59 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MIGUEL MONTERO SCORED STEPHEN DREW.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, S HAIRSTON ON FIRST, M REYNOLDS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 0
    ARIZONA 6 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: L HERNANDEZ (.213, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins vs. DiamondbacksJul 24 10:37 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO SCOTT HAIRSTON SCORED TONY CLARK.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, S HAIRSTON ON FIRST, M REYNOLDS ON SECOND, S
    DREW ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 0
    ARIZONA 5 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: M MONTERO (.230, 0-FOR-0, SF, RBI)

    Marlins vs. DiamondbacksJul 24 10:35 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TONY CLARK SCORED ERIC BYRNES.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, T CLARK ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 0
    ARIZONA 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: S DREW (.240, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Marlins vs. DiamondbacksJul 24 10:26 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ORLANDO HUDSON (9) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF SERGIO MITRE.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 0, ARIZONA 3
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: E BYRNES (.308, 0-FOR-1, RBI)

    Marlins vs. DiamondbacksJul 24 10:23 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MIGUEL MONTERO SCORED STEPHEN DREW.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M REYNOLDS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 0
    ARIZONA 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: L HERNANDEZ (.217, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

    Marlins vs. DiamondbacksJul 24 10:10 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY ERIC BYRNES SCORED CHRIS YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 0
    ARIZONA 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: T CLARK (.240, 9 HR, 26 RBI)

    Marlins vs. DiamondbacksJul 24 9:51 PM