PHOENIX (AP) – A.J. Burnett won for the first time in four starts and Miguel Cabrera homered twice, leading Florida over the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 Tuesday night for only the Marlins’ second win in nine games.

Carlos Delgado also homered for the Marlins (46-46), who on Monday dropped below .500 for the first time since they were 5-6 on April 16.

Burnett (6-6), who had a loss and two no-decisions in his previous three starts, allowed three runs, six hits and three walks in six innings. Burnett moved ahead of Ryan Dempster into sole possession of second on the Marlins career wins list with 43, trailing only Brad Penny.

Florida is thought to be talking to Baltimore about a trade that would send Burnett to the Orioles.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said before the game.

John Riedling pitched a scoreless seventh, Guillermo Mota worked the eighth only 24 hours after pitching two innings in an 8-7 loss to Arizona and Todd Jones finished for his 15h save.

Royce Clayton had four hits, including a triple and double, and drove in all three runs off Burnett. But he also was stranded all four times on base when Burnett struck out Koyie Hill to end the second, fourth, sixth and eighth innings.

Each strikeout drew louder boos. Hill, a rookie catcher, was recalled from Triple-A Tucson because of a wrist injury to Kelly Stinnett, and started because Chris Snyder had stomach flu.

Javier Vazquez (8-9) allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings, setting season highs for homers (three) and walks (five). He is 1-5 in his last six starts.

Delgado hit a two-run homer in the first, and Cabrera connected on the next pitch. Juan Pierre hit an RBI single in the second, and Cabrera homered on Vazquez’s first pitch of the third inning for a 5-0 lead.

Cabrera has three two-homer games this season and five in his career.

Mike Lowell hit a run-scoring single in the fifth.

Notes: Clayton had his ninth four-hit game. … Vazquez, who came in tied with Penny and Matt Morris for fewest walks in the NL (17), had two intentional walks. … The Marlins have hit consecutive homers four times this year.

AP-ES-07-20-05 0056EDT


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