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MIAMI -- The Cleveland Indians used six steals, including three by Michael Bourn, to defeat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

Aggressive base running paid off for the Indians in the seventh inning when they snapped a 2-2 tie by scoring two runs.

Drew Stubbs singled and stole second when reliever Dan Jennings tried to pick him off. After Bourn walked, the duo pulled off a double steal despite a strong throw to third by Marlins catcher Rob Brantly.

With two outs, Jason Kipnis got the big hit, a two-run single to center. Stubbs scored easily, but center fielder Jake Marisnick made a strong throw home that nearly got Bourn.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who argued Stubbs' steal at third, angrily objected to the call at home. In both cases, though, the calls appeared justified, with Brantly having made a high tag on the latter play.

Cody Allen (5-1) picked up the win in relief.

Former University of Miami pitcher Chris Perez pitched a rocky ninth to get his 16th save. He allowed a Logan Morrison double and a run-scoring single by Greg Dobbs before escaping the jam by getting Placido Polanco to line out to center field with two outs and runners on second and third.

Marlins reliever Dan Jennings (1-2) took the loss.

Indians starter Zach McAlister did not allow a hit until Brantly singled up the middle to lead off the sixth. Brantly scored on Christian Yelich's double to left-center and Ed Lucas tied the score 2-2 with a run-scoring single to left.

The Marlins loaded the bases with two outs in the inning, but Adeiny Hechavarria lined out to Bourn in center.

Both McAlister (5 1/3 innings, two runs allowed) and Marlins starter Jacob Turner (six innings, two runs allowed) earned no-decisions.

After getting blanked on Friday, the Indians wasted no time scoring Saturday. Bourn led off the game with a single and a steal of second before scoring on Kipnis' single.

Bourn used his speed to give the Indians a 2-0 lead in the third. He beat out an infield hit to the hole in shortstop, stole second, raced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Brantly's throwing error.

Marlins center fielder Jake Marisnick saved a run in the fifth. The play started with Kipnis on first and Asdrubal Cabrera looping a single to center. Marisnick failed to make a diving catch, with the ball skipping a few feet away. Marisnick got back on his feet and threw a one-hop strike to Brantly, who tagged out Kipnis.

NOTES: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez on Friday became the first MLB pitcher since Randy Johnson in 2004 to post two straight 13-plus strikeout games. Fernandez is the first rookie to perform the feat since Kerry Wood in 1998. And Fernandez's 27 total strikeouts in two straight games is a club record. In his past six starts, Fernandez is 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA. ... Cleveland's Ryan Raburn, who went 3-for-4 on Thursday with two homers and four RBIs, was on the bench Friday but returned to the lineup on Saturday and was playing right field. Raburn, released by Detroit after last season, has flourished with the Indians, playing less second base and more in the outfield. His OPS, which was a career-low .480 last year, is currently .961, which would be a career high. ... Marlins Double-A prospect Andrew Heaney, a lefty, on Friday extended his scoreless-innings streak to 34. ... Marlins OF Justin Ruggiano is mired in a 0-for-33 slump. It ties Mike Jacobs in 2007 for the longest drought in Marlins history.
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