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Delgado drives in all five runs as Marlins snap skid

 

MIAMI (AP) -- Dontrelle Willis and Carlos Delgado made sure Florida snapped out of its slump.

 

Willis became the major leagues' first 10-game winner, and Delgado drove in all of Florida's runs as the Marlins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

 

Willis (10-2) wasn't particularly sharp, giving up a season-high 10 hits and four earned runs in 6 2-3 innings. Still, he became only the third pitcher in Marlins' history to log 10 wins before the All-Star break.

 

"Every win is big," Willis said. "This one was particularly big because we were on a slide."

 

For the second straight start, Willis helped stop a Marlins' losing streak. Last week, he beat the Pirates to end Florida's three-game skid. On Wednesday, it was another turn at picking his team up.

 

"When he pitches, he brings a lot of excitement to the team," Florida manager Jack McKeon said. "He works fast. He has the ability to battle out of jams. He fields well. He's a good hitter. He has a good pickoff move, and he runs the bases well.

 

"Why is he a 10-game winner? He can do all those things. The guy takes pride in being a polished pitcher and doing all the little things. That's why he's a 10-game winner and others are not."

 

Delgado's three-run homer in the fifth gave Florida a 4-0 lead. He had an RBI double in the third and drew a walk with the bases loaded in the sixth as the Marlins won for only the third time in their last 14 games.

 

"He was a one-man wrecking crew," McKeon said.

 

The five RBI were a season-high for Delgado and the most by a Marlin this year.

 

"I got lucky," Delgado said. "I came up in some key situations and was able to drive the ball. I can't drive anybody in if nobody's on. It's a team effort."

 

Todd Jones, the third Florida reliever, worked the ninth for his 10th save in 11 opportunities.

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