MARLINS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 0

MIAMI - The crowd of 13,233 scattered about the vast stadium rose with a roar as Justin Miller prepared to throw the night's final pitch, completing an improbable series sweep for the Florida Marlins.

Baseball fever, Miami style.

Miller's strikeout sealed the first shutout of the Arizona Diamondbacks this season, and surprising Florida won, 4-0, last night to sweep the three-game showdown of first-place teams.

The series was the most impressive yet by the Marlins. The team with baseball's lowest payroll built its National League East lead with the help of a weak early schedule, but there was nothing fluky about the way it beat the West leaders.

"This is a big series for us, confidence-wise," said Wes Helms, who drove in two runs with a pinch-hit double in the finale. "This is something to build on. It shows this team we can do big things. We not only can beat the small teams; we can beat the big teams."

The Diamondbacks arrived in Miami with the best record in the majors. They ranked fourth in runs but totaled only 17 hits in the three games and were outscored by 10-3.

"We're just struggling," manager Bob Melvin said. "We're going to have to fight through it. No one is going to feel sorry for you."

Andrew Miller helped complete the sweep by limiting Arizona to five hits in seven innings. Throwing a fastball that peaked at 98 m.p.h., he had a career-high nine strikeouts, walked one, and allowed only one runner to reach second base.

Arizona 000 000 000–0 7 0

Florida 100 000 30x–4 9 0

Arizona AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Florida AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Young cf 3   0   0   0   .243      HRamirez ss 4   1   1   0   .303

SDrew ss 4   0   0   0   .285      Hermida rf 3   0   0   0   .271

OHudson 2b 4   0   2   0   .303      Cantu 3b 4   0   1   2   .264

CJackson 1b 3   0   0   0   .291      Jacobs 1b 4   0   2   0   .264

Upton rf 4   0   0   0   .296      Kensing p 0   0   0   0   .000

CSnyder c 4   0   1   0   .270      JuMiller p 0   0   0   0   ---

CBurke lf 4   0   1   0   .190      Uggla 2b 4   0   0   0   .315

Ojeda 3b 4   0   2   0   .352      LGonzalez lf 3   0   0   0   .288

Haren p 2   0   1   0   .143      1-BCarroll pr-lf 0   0   0   0   .067

Qualls p 0   0   0   0   ---      Treanor c 4   1   1   0   .286

EGonzalez p 0   0   0   0   .125      Amezaga cf 3   1   3   0   .256

b-Salazar ph 1   0   0   0   .261      AMiller p 2   0   0   0   .118

Totals 33   0   7   0         a-Helms ph-1b 1   1   1   2   .233

Totals 32   4   9   4      

a-doubled for A.Miller in the 7th. b-struck out for Gonzalez in the 9th.1-ran for Gonzalez in the 8th. LOB: Arizona 9, Florida 6. 2B: CBurke (3), Helms (3). 3B: HRamirez (2), Amezaga (2). RBIS: Cantu 2 (19), Helms 2 (15). S: Haren. GIDP: Treanor. RLSP: Arizona 3 (OHudson, Upton, Salazar); Florida 3 (HRamirez, Jacobs). RA: HRamirez, Cantu. DP: Arizona 1 (SDrew, OHudson and CJackson).

Arizona walks (2): Young, CJackson.

Florida walks (1): LGonzalez.

Arizona strikeouts (11): SDrew 3, OHudson 2, CJackson, Upton 3, CSnyder, Salazar.

Florida strikeouts (8): HRamirez, Jacobs, Uggla 2, LGonzalez, Treanor, AMiller 2.

Arizona IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Haren (L) 61/3   8   4   4   0   8   94   3.39

Qualls 2/3   1   0   0   0   0   17   2.66

EGonzalez 1   0   0   0   1   0   11   6.39

Florida IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

AMiller (W) 7   5   0   0   1   9   107   5.33

Kensing 1   1   0   0   1   0   22   3.80

JuMiller 1   1   0   0   0   2   14   3.75

W: AMiller, 4-3. L: Haren, 5-3. IR-S: Qualls 1-1. HBP: by Qualls (Hermida). Umpires: Home, Damien Beal; first, Dan Iassogna; second, Dale Scott; third, Bill Hohn. T: 2:37. A: 13,233 (38,560).

BRAVES 4, METS 2

ATLANTA - Even Johan Santana couldn't stop Chipper Jones and Atlanta from completing a four-game sweep of New York.

Jones drove in the go-ahead run during a three-run seventh inning and the Braves won behind Tim Hudson to complete their first four-game sweep of the Mets in five years.

Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado homered on consecutive pitches from Hudson in the second inning. But Santana couldn't hold the 2-0 lead while giving up a career-high 12 hits and four runs, three earned, in seven innings.

The lefthander did not walk a batter but had only one strikeout, a season low, and lost for the first time since April 12.

New York 020 000 000–2 8 1

Atlanta 010 000 30x–4 12 0

New York AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Atlanta AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

JReyes ss 4   0   1   0   .276      Infante ss 4   1   1   1   .294

LCastillo 2b 4   0   1   0   .262      Kotsay cf 4   1   2   0   .296

DWright 3b 4   0   1   0   .286      CJones 3b 4   0   2   1   .412

Beltran cf 4   1   2   1   .265      Teixeira 1b 4   1   2   1   .279

Delgado 1b 4   1   1   1   .218      Francoeur rf 4   0   0   0   .263

MAnderson lf 3   0   0   0   .173      McCann c 4   0   1   0   .329

Schneider c 3   0   0   0   .275      Diaz lf 4   0   1   0   .264

EnChavez rf 3   0   1   0   .167      KJohnson 2b 4   1   3   1   .299

JSantana p 2   0   0   0   .200      THudson p 2   0   0   0   .053

a-Church ph 1   0   1   0   .315      Acosta p 0   0   0   0   .000

Feliciano p 0   0   0   0   ---      Ohman p 0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 32   2   8   2         Totals 34   4   12   4      

a-singled for Santana in the 8th. E: Schneider (2). LOB: New York 3, Atlanta 7. 2B: EnChavez (2), KJohnson (11). HR: Delgado (6), off THudson; Beltran (4), off THudson. RBIS: Beltran (26), Delgado (21), Infante (3), CJones (35), Teixeira (27), KJohnson (21). SB: Beltran (6). S: THudson. GIDP: LCastillo, DWright, CJones, Francoeur. RLSP: New York 2 (Schneider, JSantana); Atlanta 2 (Francoeur, THudson). DP: New York 2 (JReyes, LCastillo and Delgado), (JSantana, JReyes and Delgado); Atlanta 3 (KJohnson, Infante and Teixeira), (THudson, Infante and Teixeira), (KJohnson and Teixeira).

New York strikeouts (4): JReyes, Delgado, Schneider 2.

Atlanta strikeouts (3): McCann, Diaz, THudson.

New York IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

JSantana (L) 7   12   4   3   0   1   90   3.36

Feliciano 1   0   0   0   0   2   16   2.55

Atlanta IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

THudson (W) 8   7   2   2   0   4   100   2.97

Acosta (H) 2/3   1   0   0   0   0   6   3.04

Ohman (S) 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   2   2.29

W: THudson, 7-3. L: JSantana, 5-3. S: Ohman, 1. H: Acosta, 3.

WP: JSantana. Umpires: Home, Jerry Meals; first, Bill Miller; second, Paul Emmel; third, James Hoye.

T: 2:21. A: 30,348 (49,743).

PIRATES 8, BREWERS 4

PITTSBURGH - Jason Bay and Xavier Nady homered and Pittsburgh took advantage of Milwaukee's inability to drive in runners to avoid a series sweep.

The Brewers got 14 hits but left a season-high 14 on base. They were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position, failing repeatedly to get to Pirates starter Tom Gorzelanny, who won despite giving up eight hits and walking four in five-plus innings.

Pittsburgh 000 420 20x–8 13 1

Milwaukee AB   R   H   BI   Avg.      Pittsburgh AB   R   H   BI   Avg.   

Weeks 2b 3   1   1   1   .208      FSanchez 2b 5   0   0   0   .251

MCameron cf 5   0   1   0   .226      Mientkiewcz 3b 5   0   0   0   .218

Braun lf 4   0   1   0   .296      Osoria p 0   0   0   0   .500

Fielder 1b 4   0   2   0   .263      McLouth cf 4   3   4   0   .314

Hart rf 4   1   1   1   .305      Bay lf 4   2   2   2   .265

Hardy ss 5   1   1   0   .248      Nady rf 3   2   2   1   .324

BHall 3b 5   1   3   0   .219      AdLaRoche 1b 4   1   2   0   .218

Bush p 2   0   1   0   .200      ChGomez ss 4   0   1   2   .307

a-Kapler ph 1   0   1   1   .284      RChavez c 4   0   1   1   .400

Difelice p 0   0   0   0   ---      Gorzelanny p 2   0   1   1   .071

c-Dillon ph 1   0   1   1   .280      Yates p 0   0   0   0   ---

ZJackson p 0   0   0   0   ---      b-Rivas ph 1   0   0   0   .215

e-Gwynn ph 1   0   0   0   .212      DMarte p 0   0   0   0   ---

Kendall c 5   0   1   0   .265      Grabow p 0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 40   4   14   4         d-JB'tita ph-3b 1   0   0   0   .220

Totals 37   8   13   7      

a-singled for Bush in the 6th. b-grounded out for Yates in the 6th. c-singled for DiFelice in the 7th. d-was out bunting for Grabow in the 8th. e-grounded out for Jackson in the 9th. E: Fielder (6), Mientkiewicz (2). LOB: Milwaukee 14, Pittsburgh 6. 2B: BHall (8), AdLaRoche (8). HR: Weeks (7), off Grabow; Nady (7), off Bush; Bay (11), off Bush; Hart (4), off Gorzelanny. RBIS: Weeks (17), Hart (23), Kapler (14), Dillon (1), Bay 2 (22), Nady (38), ChGomez 2 (12), RChavez (2), Gorzelanny (2). SB: Hart (8), BHall (2), McLouth (5). GIDP: Hart, Hardy. RLSP: Milwaukee 6 (MCameron 2, Braun, Hardy, Kendall 2); Pittsburgh 5 (FSanchez, ChGomez, RChavez). RA: Bay. DP: Pittsburgh 2 (Gorzelanny, ChGomez and AdLaRoche), (FSanchez, AdLaRoche, ChGomez and FSanchez).

Milwaukee walks (5): Weeks 2, Braun, Fielder, Hart.

Milwaukee strikeouts (5): MCameron, Braun, Fielder, Hardy, BHall.

Pittsburgh strikeouts (3): Mientkiewicz, AdLaRoche, RChavez.

Milwaukee IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Bush (L) 5   9   6   6   0   1   75   6.56

Difelice 1   0   0   0   0   1   10   13.50

ZJackson 2   4   2   2   0   1   31   4.91

Pittsburgh IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Gorzelanny (W) 5   8   2   2   4   2   100   6.31

Yates 1   0   0   0   1   1   14   2.91

DMarte 1   4   1   1   0   0   18   4.37

Grabow 1   2   1   1   0   1   21   1.69

Osoria 1   0   0   0   0   1   10   4.73

W: Gorzelanny, 4-4. L: Bush, 1-5. Gorzelanny pitched to 2 batters in the 6th. IR-S: Yates 1-0. HBP: by Bush (Nady). Umpires: Home, Tim McClelland; first, Mike DiMuro; second, Larry Vanover; third, Mike Everitt. T: 2:47. A: 12,887 (38,362).