Published June 22, 2011
MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida manager Jack McKeon got his first win since taking over as the Marlins ended a dreadful 11-games losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.
McKeon took over a slumping team that also fired their batting coach two weeks earlier, and he helped deliver a much-needed win in his second game at the helm.
Gaby Sanchez blasted a first-inning solo home run to get Florida (33-41) off to a fast start, and Mike Stanton added RBIs in the sixth and eighth innings where the Marlins opened up a 5-0 advantage.
Marlins starter Javier Vazquez survived 10 hits and got through 5 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.
The Angels (36-39) scored twice in the ninth, but Florida's Leo Nunez came on to get the final out of the game and record his 20th save of the season.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)