Marlins' rotation doing its part so far

Marlins' rotation doing its part so far

Marlins' rotation doing its part so far
MIAMI -- As drawn up in the offseason, the Marlins have put together a rotation that is going deep into games and giving the club a chance to win.

Mark Buehrle did it again for Miami on Friday night, posting the latest quality start.

In 6 2/3 innings, the veteran left-hander gave up two runs, and he exited with the Marlins ahead, 3-2. Although Buehrle didn't ultimately get the win, the Marlins did, and his effort was the rotation's sixth straight quality start.

"That's what they put together," Buehrle said. "A rotation that can go out there and give quality starts and keep your team in the game."

Buehrle was a major free-agent addition in the offseason, and the Marlins acquired Carlos Zambrano in a trade with the Cubs.

The two joined Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco and Anibal Sanchez, forming one of the top rotations in the game. Their collective ERA of 3.04 is fourth best in the big leagues entering Saturday.

They've accumulated 207 1/3 innings, which is seventh most in the Majors. In terms of their collective effort, the starters are 9-9.

"Obviously, I think everybody would like to have more wins," Buehrle said. "But we're battling from last place, a couple of days ago, to where we are right now. We've got to keep it going."

After a slow April, the Marlins have won nine of 10 and they are back in the thick of the National League East race.

Miami's rotation has been the best in the game since May 1, posting a 2.34 ERA, along with two complete games.

The starters have stepped up at a time the offense has struggled to score runs. While the team is going through a successful stretch, it's played a number of stressful close games.

"We'd definitely like to have a bigger lead or win some games so it's not so stressful on everybody, but we're coming out ahead, no matter," Buehrle said.