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Buehrle talks about first win with Marlins

MIAMI -- On the fifth anniversary of no-hitting the Rangers, Mark Buehrle collected his first victory with the Marlins.

There was nothing historical on the night. Basically, it was vintage Buehrle, the fast operator that made him the White Sox ace for years before he signed with Miami over the winter.

Buehrle allowed one run on six hits over eight innings, and he helped his cause with an RBI single, as the Marlins breezed to a 9-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday in front of 25,723 at Marlins Park.

The veteran lefty (1-2) had been impressive in his first two starts, with little to show for it.

"It's a good first win of the year," Buehrle said. "Obviously, it's good. I've thrown the ball well. You've got to go out there and throw up zeroes. You're going to have games where you pitch well and don't get the win. And you're going to have games where you pitch bad and get the win. Over the course of the season, it evens out."

Miami's best all-around performance thus far came in a brisk two hours and 38 minutes.

"I've known this kid a long time, and that's what you're going to see," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's going to get beat quick, or he's going to get people out quick. We needed this as a team, to score some runs. That creates a lot of confidence for the hitters."

The offense was led by Hanley Ramirez and Donnie Murphy, who each added two-run homers. Murphy finished with three RBIs.

The Marlins had a season high for runs scored and hits, 14.

Winners of three straight, the Marlins are 6-6, and they're at .500 for the first time since Aug. 2, 2011, when they were 55-55.

"When you get on a winning streak, try to keep it going," Buehrle said. "When you get on a losing streak, try not to make it too long. But they're going to happen. I think guys are starting to jell with each other, getting base hits -- key base hits -- when we need to. And it seems like we've been throwing the ball well."

The Marlins tagged Cubs right-hander Matt Garza for six runs on seven hits in five-plus innings.

Staying hot, Ramirez unleashed another monstrous home run to the big part of the stadium. The Miami slugger has homered in three straight games for the sixth time in his career. He most recently did it May 1-4, 2010.

Now with 138 career homers, Ramirez has tied Miguel Cabrera for third place on the Marlins' all-time list. Dan Uggla holds the club mark with 154, followed by Mike Lowell's 143.

Buehrle took the mound five years to the day he no-hit Texas. The Cubs put any thoughts of a no-no to rest in the second inning on Jeff Baker's single.

"He had his 'A' game," Baker said. "He's a good pitcher and unfortunately, he dominated us and got the best of us. He's a baseball player and an athlete. He even had a good at-bat against us tonight. He played well and he beat us, flat out."

With Omar Infante sitting out a couple of days to rest a strained left groin, Murphy got the start at second. But he wasn't told he'd play until about 2:30 p.m. ET, 4 1/2 hours before the game.

"It was one of those days, I looked at the lineup card, and I wasn't playing again," Murphy said. "Obviously, I was preparing myself for one of those days. They came up to me shortly afterwards and said they're going to give 'O' a day or two off, and I'm going to play. I prepped myself after that to play."

The utility player picked up where the hot-hitting Infante left off by connecting on a two-run homer off Garza in the third inning.

The drive to left field gives the Marlins five home runs from their second basemen, the most of any big league team at the position.

"It was nice to get that one out of the way and help the team get a lead," Murphy said of his homer, which also was his first hit of the year. "We knew with Garza pitching, it was going to be tough anyway."

Miami broke the game open with two runs in the fifth on Ramirez's two-run homer, and three more runs in the sixth. Giancarlo Stanton walked and scored on Gaby Sanchez's double. Murphy doubled, and Buehrle collected his first hit as a Marlin, an RBI single to right. It was his third career RBI, and first since 2009.

"I love hitting, but I hate it because it's hard," Buehrle said. "I look terrible, and I'm terrible at it. Keep plugging away. Obviously, I'm here to pitch and get outs." Comments