MIAMI (AP) – Jason Vargas pitched a six-hitter for his first major league complete game and hit a two-run single for his first major league RBIs to lead the Florida Marlins over the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-1 on Sunday.

Vargas (4-1) struck out seven, tying his season high, and walked one in his fifth major league start. The 22-year-old rookie left-hander, coming off a 5-2 loss to San Diego on Tuesday, has won three of his four starts since moving into the rotation.

He gave up his only run in the eighth, when he walked Jason Phillips leading off, then gave up a single to pinch-hitter Hee-Seop Choi and an RBI grounder to Cesar Izturis.

Derek Lowe (8-12) allowed six runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings, and is 0-2 in three starts since beating Pittsburgh on Aug. 5. Lowe, whose ERA rose to 4.20, had his second-shortest stint of the season, ahead of only a three-inning outing against Arizona on July 2.

Florida has won four of its last five games and six of eight.

Milton Bradley had three hit for Los Angeles.

The Marlins took a 4-0 lead in the second on Alex Gonzalez’s two-run double and Juan Pierre’s two-run, two-out single. Vargas singled to make it 6-0 in the fourth, and Carlos Delgado singled in a run in the seventh off Steve Schmoll.

Notes: Marlins OF Juan Encarnacion, who has a sore left wrist, didn’t play. Encarnacion, who got his 1,000th career hit on Friday, left Saturday’s game in the third inning after aggravating the wrist while swinging a bat in the on-deck circle. … The Marlins have scored first in 12 of their past 14 games and 26 of their last 31. … Choi and Jeff Kent, who combined for six runs and three RBI in Saturday’s 11-6 Dodgers win, were out of the Dodgers’ starting lineup.

AP-ES-08-21-05 1543EDT


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