MIAMI - Javier Vazquez pitched seven shutout innings in his best start of the season Saturday, and the Florida Marlins defeated cross-state rival Tampa Bay for the second day in a row, 5-3.

Vazquez (3-4) had made only one quality start previously this season, but he limited the Rays to three hits and two walks. He had a season-high seven strikeouts and lowered his ERA from 7.55 to 6.41 in his longest outing since July 26.

The veteran righthander outpitched Rays ace David Price (5-4), who went 62/3 innings and gave up five runs, including homers to Hanley Ramirez and Omar Infante.

Like Vazquez, Ramirez and Infante are trying to overcome early-season struggles. Ramirez singled and hit his fourth homer and has seven hits in the last four games, raising his average to .224. Infante hit a two-run homer in the seventh, his first of the year.

Logan Morrison had a two-run double for the Marlins, who improved to 129-107 (.545) in interleague play, best in the NL.

Once Vazquez departed for a pinch-hitter with the Marlins leading, 5-0, they needed five relievers to get the last six outs and complete a five-hitter. The bullpen walked four batters in the eighth before Johnny Damon hit a two-run single.

Leo Nunez struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his 17th save, most in the majors. He has yet to blow a save.

Tampa Bay finished 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

The Rays, who began the day with a half-game lead over Boston in the AL East, have lost three in a row for the first time since starting the season 0-6.

They've scored just 27 runs in the last nine games, and the slump continued against Vazquez, who threw a few 92-m.p.h. fastballs early but relied mostly on breaking stuff.

Marlins 5, Rays 3

Tampa Bay 000 000 030 – 3 5 1

Florida 200 001 20x – 5 6 0

Tampa Bay AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

 Fuld cf 3   0   0   0   0   2   .229

c-Ruggiano ph-rf 1   1   0   0   1   0   .000

Zobrist rf-2b 5   0   0   0   0   2   .260

Joyce lf 3   0   1   0   0   1   .358

d-B.Upton ph-cf 0   1   0   0   1   0   .258

Longoria 3b 3   1   0   0   1   0   .211

Kotchman 1b 2   0   1   0   1   0   .343

e-Shoppach ph-c 0   0   0   1   1   0   .164

S.Rodriguez 2b 3   0   1   0   0   1   .210

f-Damon ph-lf 1   0   1   2   0   0   .269

Jaso c 4   0   0   0   0   2   .211

A.Russell p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

C.Ramos p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

B.Gomes p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Brignac ss 3   0   0   0   1   1   .170

Price p 2   0   0   0   0   1   .000

J.Cruz p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

b-E.Johnson ph-1b 2   0   1   0   0   1   .271

Totals 32   3   5   3   6   11   

Florida AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

 Bonifacio cf 3   1   0   0   1   0   .279

H.Ramirez ss 4   2   2   1   0   0   .224

Morrison lf 4   0   1   2   0   2   .322

G.Sanchez 1b 3   0   1   0   1   0   .311

Stanton rf 4   0   0   0   0   1   .262

J.Buck c 3   0   0   0   0   0   .221

Helms 3b 3   1   1   0   0   1   .220

Infante 2b 3   1   1   2   0   0   .232

Vazquez p 2   0   0   0   0   0   .231

a-O.Martinez ph 1   0   0   0   0   1   .125

M.Dunn p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

R.Webb p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Choate p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Mujica p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

L.Nunez p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 30   5   6   5   2   5   

 a-struck out for Vazquez in the 7th. b-struck out for J.Cruz in the 8th. c-walked for Fuld in the 8th. d-walked for Joyce in the 8th. e-walked for Kotchman in the 8th. f-singled for S.Rodriguez in the 8th. E: Brignac (4). LOB: Tampa Bay 8, Florida 3. 2B: Kotchman (5), S.Rodriguez (9), Morrison (9). HR: H.Ramirez (4), off Price; Infante (1), off Price. RBIs: Shoppach (7), Damon 2 (28), H.Ramirez (16), Morrison 2 (16), Infante 2 (16). SB: E.Johnson (4). RLSP: Tampa Bay 5 (Price 2, Brignac, Jaso, Zobrist); Florida 1 (Stanton). RA: Ruggiano, G.Sanchez. GIDP: Stanton. DP: Tampa Bay 1 (Longoria, Zobrist, E.Johnson).

Tampa Bay IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

 Price (L 5-4) 62/3   6   5   5   1   4   107   3.89

J.Cruz 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   1   2.60

A.Russell 0   0   0   0   0   0   4   3.60

C.Ramos 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   5   3.86

B.Gomes 2/3   0   0   0   1   0   7   2.89

Florida IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Vazquez (W 3-4) 7   3   0   0   2   7   106   6.41

M.Dunn 2/3   0   2   2   2   1   23   2.61

R.Webb 0   0   1   1   1   0   5   3.05

Choate 0   0   0   0   1   0   7   1.35

Mujica (H 3) 1/3   1   0   0   0   1   6   3.68

L.Nunez (S 17) 1   1   0   0   0   2   20   2.66

R.Webb pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.Choate pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.A.Russell pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. IR-S: C.Ramos 1-0, B.Gomes 1-0, R.Webb 2-0, Choate 3-1, Mujica 3-2. IBB: off Vazquez (Brignac). Umpires: Home, Wally Bell; first, Laz Diaz; second, Scott Barry; third, John Hirschbeck. T: 2:57. A: 21,814 (38,560).

Brewers 3, Rockies 2

MILWAUKEE - Shaun Marcum won his sixth straight decision with eight effective innings and Jonathan Lucroy homered, lifting Milwaukee over Colorado.

Milwaukee has won nine of 12 overall and has the NL's best winning percentage at home at .714 (15-6) after John Axford survived an adventure in the ninth for his 11th save.

Marcum (6-1) allowed his only run on a two-out homer to Carlos Gonzalez in the first and is 6-0 in his last nine starts with a 2.10 ERA.

Colorado 100 000 001 – 2 6 2

Milwaukee 200 010 00x – 3 5 0

Colorado AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Fowler cf 4   0   1   0   0   1   .241

Herrera 2b 4   0   1   0   0   2   .279

C.Gonzalez lf 4   1   1   1   0   2   .244

Tulowitzki ss 3   1   2   0   1   0   .254

S.Smith rf 4   0   0   1   0   0   .301

Jo.Lopez 3b 3   0   0   0   0   0   .205

Daley p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Mat.Reynolds p 0   0   0   0   0   0   .000

a-Giambi ph 1   0   1   0   0   0   .222

1-Spilborghs pr 0   0   0   0   0   0   .219

Wigginton 1b 4   0   0   0   0   2   .233

J.Morales c 2   0   0   0   1   1   .222

Mortensen p 2   0   0   0   0   2   .000

Amezaga 3b 1   0   0   0   0   0   .286

Totals 32   2   6   2   2   10   

Milwaukee AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Weeks 2b 4   1   1   0   0   1   .292

C.Hart rf 4   0   0   0   0   1   .237

Braun lf 4   0   1   0   0   3   .301

Fielder 1b 2   1   1   1   2   0   .287

McGehee 3b 3   0   0   0   0   0   .260

Y.Betancourt ss 3   0   0   0   0   1   .227

Lucroy c 3   1   1   1   0   0   .320

C.Gomez cf 3   0   1   0   0   1   .234

Marcum p 2   0   0   0   1   1   .143

Axford p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Totals 28   3   5   2   3   8   

a-singled for Mat.Reynolds in the 9th.1-ran for Giambi in the 9th. E: Jo.Lopez (4), Herrera (2). LOB: Colorado 5, Milwaukee 4. 2B: Tulowitzki (9), Weeks (11), Fielder (13), C.Gomez (7). 3B: Tulowitzki (2). HR: C.Gonzalez (6), off Marcum; Lucroy (4), off Mortensen. RBIs: C.Gonzalez (26), S.Smith (20), Fielder (36), Lucroy (18). CS: Fowler (6), Braun (1). RLSP: Colorado 2 (S.Smith 2); Milwaukee 1 (Y.Betancourt). RA: S.Smith, C.Hart, McGehee. DP: Colorado 1 (Herrera).

Colorado IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Mortnsn (L 1-1) 62/3   5   3   2   3   5   105   2.17

Daley 1   0   0   0   0   3   17   0.00

Mat.Reynolds 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   4   3.27

Milwaukee IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Marcum (W 6-1) 8   4   1   1   2   8   108   2.37

Axford (S 11) 1   2   1   1   0   2   15   4.43

IR-S: Daley 1-0. WP: Mortensen. Umpires: Home, Gary Darling; first, Bruce Dreckman; second, Paul Emmel; third, Rob Drake. T: 2:39. A: 42,240 (41,900).

Giants 3, Athletics 0

SAN FRANCISCO - Tim Lincecum pitched a three-hitter, and San Francisco beat the cross-bay rival Oakland for its fourth straight victory.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner allowed Ryan Sweeney's two-out single in the first before retiring 21 straight batters, leading the Giants past the A's for the second day in a row.

Lincecum (4-4) struck out five and walked none for his eighth career complete game.

Oakland 000 000 000 – 0 3 2

San Francisco 100 000 02x – 3 9 0

Oakland AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Crisp cf 4   0   0   0   0   1   .268

Barton 1b 4   0   0   0   0   1   .214

Sweeney rf 4   0   1   0   0   1   .313

C.Jackson lf 3   0   0   0   0   0   .261

M.Ellis 2b 3   0   0   0   0   0   .210

Kouzmanoff 3b 3   0   0   0   0   0   .198

An.LaRoche 3b 0   0   0   0   0   0   .232

Blevins p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Powell c 3   0   1   0   0   1   .243

1-K.Suzuki pr-c 0   0   0   0   0   0   .246

Pennington ss 3   0   0   0   0   2   .223

Anderson p 1   0   0   0   0   0   .000

a-Matsui ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .234

Devine p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Breslow p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Ziegler p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

b-DeJesus ph 1   0   1   0   0   0   .231

Totals 30   0   3   0   0   6   

San Francisco AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

Torres cf 3   1   0   0   1   2   .286

F.Sanchez 2b 4   0   2   0   0   1   .276

Posey c 4   1   2   1   0   0   .284

Burrell lf 4   0   0   0   0   3   .230

Schierholtz rf 0   0   0   0   0   0   .256

C.Ross rf-lf 3   1   1   1   0   0   .256

Huff 1b 4   0   2   0   0   0   .228

M.Tejada 3b 3   0   1   1   0   0   .218

Fontenot ss 3   0   1   0   1   0   .220

Lincecum p 3   0   0   0   0   1   .045

Totals 31   3   9   3   2   7   

a-grounded out for Anderson in the 6th. b-singled for Ziegler in the 9th.1-ran for Powell in the 8th. E: Kouzmanoff (7), Powell (1). LOB: Oakland 3, San Francisco 9. 2B: F.Sanchez (9), Posey (5), Fontenot (7). RBIs: Posey (21), C.Ross (11), M.Tejada (14). S: Lincecum. SF: M.Tejada. RLSP: Oakland 1 (Sweeney); San Francisco 5 (Huff, Torres, C.Ross, Lincecum 2). RA: Posey, Burrell, M.Tejada, Fontenot.

Oakland IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Anderson (L 2-4) 5   5   1   1   1   5   91   3.18

Devine 1   1   0   0   0   0   14   0.00

Breslow 1   0   0   0   0   2   10   4.24

Ziegler 1/3   2   2   2   0   0   11   1.80

Blevins 2/3   1   0   0   1   0   11   4.40

San Francisco IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Lincecum (W 4-4) 9   3   0   0   0   6   133   2.06

IR-S: Blevins 1-1. IBB: off Blevins (Fontenot). HBP: by Anderson (C.Ross). Umpires: Home, C.B. Bucknor; first, Dale Scott; second, Jerry Meals; third, John Tumpane.

Pirates 6, Tigers 2

PITTSBURGH - Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 4 and scored twice, and Kevin Correia finally won at home as Pittsburgh beat Detroit.

Correia (6-4) allowed two runs and seven hits over 62/3 innings.

Detroit 000 200 000 – 2 10 0

Pittsburgh 000 003 30x – 6 12 0

Detroit AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

A.Jackson cf 5   0   0   0   0   1   .230

Santiago 2b 3   0   1   0   1   0   .293

Dirks lf 4   1   1   0   0   0   .286

Mi.Cabrera 1b 4   1   2   1   0   1   .314

Boesch rf 3   0   1   1   0   1   .267

Perry p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Schlereth p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

b-V.Martinez ph 1   0   0   0   0   0   .310

Alburquerque p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Jh.Peralta ss 4   0   1   0   0   0   .289

Avila c 4   0   2   0   0   1   .290

Inge 3b 4   0   1   0   0   1   .210

Scherzer p 2   0   0   0   0   0   .000

Raburn rf 2   0   1   0   0   1   .209

Totals 36   2   10   2   1   6   

Pittsburgh AB   R   H   BI   BB   SO   Avg.   

A.McCutchen cf 4   2   3   0   0   0   .259

Tabata lf 4   2   2   0   0   2   .243

G.Jones rf 3   1   1   1   0   0   .254

a-Diaz ph-rf 1   0   1   2   0   0   .237

Beimel p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Hanrahan p 0   0   0   0   0   0   ---

Walker 2b 3   0   0   1   0   1   .283

Overbay 1b 3   0   0   1   0   2   .230

Doumit c 4   0   2   0   0   1   .294

Br.Wood 3b 4   0   1   0   0   1   .217

Cedeno ss 4   0   2   0   0   1   .254

Correia p 2   0   0   0   0   1   .000

Veras p 0   1   0   0   1   0   ---

c-Paul ph-rf 1   0   0   0   0   1   .239

Totals 33   6   12   5   1   10   

a-singled for G.Jones in the 7th. b-grounded out for Schlereth in the 8th. c-struck out for Veras in the 8th. LOB: Detroit 8, Pittsburgh 6. 2B: Dirks (1), Mi.Cabrera (13), Boesch (10), G.Jones (5). RBIs: Mi.Cabrera (30), Boesch (20), G.Jones (16), Diaz 2 (8), Walker (30), Overbay (16). SF: Walker, Overbay. RLSP: Detroit 5 (Mi.Cabrera, Avila, A.Jackson 3); Pittsburgh 3 (Walker, Correia, Cedeno). RA: Dirks, Jh.Peralta, G.Jones, Walker. GIDP: A.Jackson. DP: Detroit 1 (Avila, Avila, Jh.Peralta, Mi.Cabrera, Santiago, Jh.Peralta, Mi.Cabrera); Pittsburgh 1 (Walker, Cedeno, Overbay).

Detroit IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Scherzer (L 6-1) 52/3   7   3   3   0   7   99   2.98

Perry 1/3   3   3   3   1   0   15   10.00

Schlereth 1   1   0   0   0   1   10   3.00

Alburquerque 1   1   0   0   0   2   15   3.68

Pittsburgh IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   NP   ERA   

Correia (W 6-4) 62/3   7   2   2   0   4   96   3.84

Veras (H 7) 11/3   0   0   0   1   1   20   2.75

Beimel 0   2   0   0   0   0   8   4.63

Hanrahan (S 13) 1   1   0   0   0   1   11   1.66

Beimel pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.Perry pitched to 3 batters in the 7th. IR-S: Perry 1-0, Schlereth 3-3, Veras 2-0, Hanrahan 2-0. Umpires: Home, Chris Guccione; first, Mike Winters; second, Mike Muchlinski; third, Mark Wegner.

T: 3:08. A: 37,958 (38,362).