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Marlins coast to record ninth straight

Fish match franchise record; Uggla ties rookie RBI mark


ST. LOUIS -- More rookie milestones were piled up on a night the Marlins matched their franchise-best winning streak.


Dan Uggla homered and drove in four runs, and Scott Olsen pitched eight sensational innings as the Marlins toppled the Cardinals, 9-1, in front of 40,663 at Busch Stadium.


The Marlins now have won nine straight four times in team history. The most recent was from June 10-20 this season. Uggla's four RBIs give him 79 on the season, tying the club rookie RBI record initially set by Jeff Conine in 1993.


Uggla blasted a 449-foot homer into the second deck "Big Mac land" section of left field. The shot is the longest thus far in new Busch Stadium. Two batters later, Josh Willingham also went deep off reliever Jorge Sosa. Uggla, now with 22 homers, and Willingham, with 20 homers, become the first rookie duo in National League history to belt 20 or more homers.


Olsen (11-7) limited the Cardinals to one run on three hits. Ironically, the first batter he faced, Preston Wilson, belted a leadoff homer. But from there, the 22-year-old lefty settled in nicely.


When Mark Mulder (6-7) faced the Marlins on May 6 at Dolphin Stadium, the left-hander collected a win, giving up three runs in six innings. Tuesday was a different story, as Mulder endured his shortest outing of the season. Florida tagged the veteran for five runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings.


In a four-run second inning, the Marlins sent nine men to the plate. Wes Helms delivered a two-run single with the bases loaded. Hanley Ramirez had an RBI triple, giving him a team rookie record of nine triples this season. The former mark was eight, previously held by Alex Gonzalez (1999).


Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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