Marlins 4, Angels 1
MIAMI (AP)—After injuring his thumb in the top of the first inning, Ivan Rodriguez had to talk Florida manager Jack McKeon into letting him play the rest of the game.
McKeon made a smart choice.
“They wanted me to go inside and I didn’t want to do it,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve played with injuries worse and I know how to play with pain, so I did it.”
Rodriguez’s sixth-inning home run, which broke a 1-1 tie, was his seventh of the season and first in his last 16 games.
Florida won for the 10th time in 14 games. It was the second straight loss for Anaheim.
The Marlins tied a season low with three hits and didn’t leave a single runner on base.
“I don’t care about that,” McKeon said. “You know what I like? Them `W’s. I don’t care if we leave anybody on or 50 on if we get the `W.”’
Pavano (5-6) pitched eight impressive innings, allowing only three hits while striking out six. He issued just one walk; it was intentional.
Kevin Appier (4-3) allowed only three hits in seven innings, but two of the hits were home runs.
Jeff DaVanon, who had hit two home runs in each of his last three games, had two of Anaheim’s four hits. DaVanon batted leadoff for the second time this season, after David Eckstein injured his left hand during warmups and was a late scratch from the lineup.
“Needless to say, we couldn’t get anything going offensively,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. “You have to give the Florida hitters credit. (Appier) didn’t make many mistakes, but when he did, they hit him. That was the difference between winning and losing.”
Braden Looper pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.
Appier cruised through the first five innings, allowing only one hit—a solo homer by Alex Gonzalez in the third. The right-hander struck out Gonzalez and Pavano to open the sixth, but a walk to Juan Pierre and an infield single by Luis Castillo extended the inning.
Rodriguez, who entered the game hitting .357 lifetime against Appier, then connected on a 435-foot shot to straightaway center field.
“He pitched great. He made just one bad pitch,” Rodriguez said. “He threw it to me and I was able to hit it over the center-field wall.”
Appier lost for the first time in seven starts since April 14.
“I left the slider flat a few times and those were the two pitches that they hit for home runs,” Appier said. “Most of the time, my mechanics were good, but the few times I made a mistake they didn’t let me get away with it.”
Anaheim opened the scoring in the first when DaVanon, who singled on the first pitch of the game, scored on Tim Salmon’s sacrifice fly.
But the Angels got just two more hits against Pavano, who was pounded for nine hits and nine runs in 3 1-3 innings in his last start, June 1 against Cincinnati.
“When I get up in the zone, my ball’s flat and anyone can hit it,” Pavanosaid. “I was trying to change speeds early and I just got in a good rhythm.”
DaVanon went 2-for-4 and is hitting .462 (30-for-65) since May 15. … Angels LF Garret Anderson, who hit five home runs in Anaheim’s previous three games, grounded out to second in his first three at-bats. He finished 0-for-4. … Gonzalez’s home run extended his hitting streak to nine games. … Marlins 1B Derrek Lee, who went 4-for-4 Tuesday, is hitless in nine at-bats since. Hewent 0-for-3. … Attendance was 13,188.