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Murphy’s hit lifts Marlins 7-6

July 24, 2010
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

MIAMI (AP) - Donnie Murphy delivered his second game-ending hit of the week giving the Florida Marlins a 7-6 win over the Atlanta Braves Friday night.

Murphy also hit a game-winning homer to beat Colorado Monday.

Jose Veras (2-0) earned the win despite squandering the lead in the ninth inning for the Marlins. Billy Wagner (5-1) took the loss, blowing his fourth save in 26 chances.

Wagner loaded the bases in the ninth with one out. He struck out Dan Uggla before a passed ball by McCann allowed the Marlins to tie the game with Murphy batting. Murphy drove a 2-1 pitch from Wagner into center field for the victory.

Brian McCann's RBI single in the ninth had tied the game. Matt Diaz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give Atlanta a 6-5 lead.

Sanchez hit a solo homer in the seventh to give the Marlins a 5-4 lead after McCann hit a three-run shot in the top of the inning to tie the game.

Uggla also homered for the Marlins and Bryan Petersen delivered a two-run pinch hit single.

Braves starter Derek Lowe allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Alex Sanabia allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings in his third start for the Marlins.

Orioles 3, Twins 2: During a season in which very little has gone right for the Baltimore Orioles, interim manager Juan Samuel uttered a phrase that hasn't been heard often, if at all, during his postgame interview.

"Flawless game by our club," Samuel said after the Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins.

Baltimore got a solid performance from starter Jeremy Guthrie, and the bullpen held the lead. Luke Scott hit a pivotal two-run homer and the defense was strong right down to the final out, when third baseman Miguel Tejada made a barehanded pickup of a dribbler down the line and threw out pinch-hitter Danny Valencia.

Joe Mauer gave the Twins a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in the sixth, but Scott answered with a two-run drive in the bottom half off rookie Anthony Slama (0-1) to put Baltimore ahead for good.



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