NL East wrap: Marlins fall again in McKeon's return

NL East wrap: Marlins fall again in McKeon's return
June 21, 2011, 5:26 am
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Posted: 1:30 a.m.

The Associated Press

Angels 2, Marlins 1

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MIAMI -- With their new old manager, the free-falling Florida Marlins had the same old result.

Jered Weaver pitched seven innings and the Los Angeles Angels spoiled 80-year-old Jack McKeon's return to the dugout Monday night with a 2-1 win over the Marlins, who tied a franchise record with their 11th consecutive loss.

The game came hours after the Marlins introduced McKeon as their interim manager for the rest of the season. He came out of retirement to replace Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned Sunday.

The change in leadership failed to inspire an immediate reversal by the Marlins, who are 1-19 in June. The losing streak is their longest since 1998, when they lost 108 games.

"Everybody is trying to do too much," McKeon said. "Once we get one or two wins, they'll relax a little bit."

Florida has dropped 11 consecutive one-run games, matching another franchise record.

Weaver (9-4) tied for the big league lead in wins. He allowed only five hits and one run to lower his ERA to 2.01, second-best in the majors.

Jordan Walden pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 20 chances.

"It was a good pitcher's duel, and luckily we were able to come out on top," Weaver said.

Florida's Anibal Sanchez also went seven innings and gave up one run, which was unearned because of a passed ball by catcher John Buck.

"I'm doing the best I can," Sanchez said. "We continue to lose games. One day we're going to stop that. We're going to figure out how to win."
Braves 2, Blue Jays 0

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ATLANTA -- Tim Hudson isn't about to make a case for ending baseball's designated hitter rule.

"No, no," he said. "We (stink), honestly. I was hitting .040 coming into this game."

Hudson pitched eight scoreless innings and hit his second career home run in the Atlanta Braves' 2-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

Hudson (6-6) allowed two hits, one walk and struck out a season-high eight, including the 1,600th of his career. He took Ricky Romero (6-7) deep to make it 2-0 with two outs in the seventh.

"It's hard to say there's anything better," Hudson said. "Obviously, you (nearly) throw a shutout and hit a homer, you win the game. It was fun, man, It was a lot of fun."

Toronto has lost two straight and five of seven.

Hudson retired 20 straight batters before Mike McCoy walked to lead off the ninth and advanced to second on Yunel Escobar's infield single.

Closer Craig Kimbrel struck out Corey Patterson, Jose Bautista and Adam Lind to earn his 20th save in 25 chances.

"Kimbrel's just got overpowering stuff," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He shut us down right there."

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