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Marlins Hammer Maddux

June 16, 2005|From Associated Press

Run support was not an issue for A.J. Burnett this time.

The Florida Marlins gave the right-hander plenty Wednesday, routing the Chicago Cubs, 15-5, in their highest-scoring game of the season.

Carlos Delgado, Miguel Cabrera, Juan Encarnacion and Luis Castillo homered, and Juan Pierre and Paul Lo Duca each had four of the Marlins' season-high 20 hits. Pierre also stole two bases.

"Just got the results today," said Pierre, who hit .205 in his previous 33 games. "Every day, I go out work the same way and try to have the same approach. I got [two] bunt base hits.... I probably remained a little more relaxed at the plate."

Delgado's three-run homer capped a six-run fourth inning that made it 8-0, knocked out Greg Maddux and made it an easy afternoon for Burnett.

Burnett (4-4) pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up five runs -- all in the seventh -- for his first victory since beating Philadelphia on April 29. He was 0-3 in seven starts since then despite a 3.63 earned-run average during that stretch.

Maddux (5-4) saw his three-game winning streak end. He lasted only 3 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs, his worst outing since giving up seven earned runs to the White Sox last June 27.

"It was one of the few times that he didn't have his control and his location," Cub Manager Dusty Baker said.

It was Maddux's shortest outing since April 12, 2004, when he lasted 3 2/3 innings against Pittsburgh.

"I made a lot of bad pitches that got hit hard, and I made some pretty good ones that got hit too," Maddux said.

The teams spent the series pounding each other, with the Marlins winning, 9-1, in the opener, and the Cubs cruising, 14-0, Tuesday.

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