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SF@CIN: Vogelsong strikes out five over six innings

For the Marlins, Wednesday's 3-2 victory certainly didn't come without some late-inning drama, but grinding out victories has been a common occurrence for the 2012 team. However, that mentality has led the Marlins to back-to-back wins to open their nine-game road trip. On Thursday, Miami looks to punctuate the start of their longest road trip so far this season when Anibal Sanchez takes the mound against the Giants' Ryan Vogelsong.

Sanchez comes off his best outing of the season, though it was a tough-luck no-decision. The night didn't start on a high note, as Sanchez threw 57 pitches through two innings, but things quickly turned around. Sanchez limited the D-backs to two runs on three hits over seven innings, with a career-high 14 strikeouts. It was the second-highest total of punchouts in a start in club history, as Ricky Nolasco once struck out 16.

"I said, I had to do something," Sanchez said following the outing. "I don't want to leave the game early. I tried to do a few pitches per hitters. It was a day where everything didn't start very well, but it ended very well."

Though just 1-0 in four starts, Sanchez has gone at least six innings and allowed just two earned runs in each outing, good for a 2.73 ERA. The Marlins are 3-1 in his starts.

"The one thing about it with Sanchez is, I didn't know the ball moved as much as it does, and he still throws a lot of strikes," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "When you throw a lot of strikes, that helps. He's been throwing the ball good."

Vogelsong takes the hill in pursuit of his first victory of the season. The right-hander has been effective this season, pitching to a 4.19 ERA, despite a 0-1 record. He allowed four earned runs over six innings in his most recent outing on April 26 in Cincinnati, but preceded that with back-to-back quality starts to begin the year. He has struck out 20, walked seven and surrendered 16 hits in 19 1/3 innings of work this season.

The Marlins may be the right candidate for Vogelsong to notch his first win of 2012. He is 1-2 with a 2.16 ERA in six career appearances against the Marlins, including a .174 opponent's batting average and 17 strikeouts in 25 innings.

Marlins: Morrison expected back Thursday
Logan Morrison pinch hit for Carlos Zambrano on Wednesday, but anticipates returning to the lineup for Thursday's series finale. Morrison has been given periodic days off throughout the season to rest his right knee following surgery in early December. Morrison was struck on the same knee by an Ian Kennedy fastball on April 28. Morrsion, who went 0-for-4 in the series opener on Tuesday, is hitting .286 (18-for-63) with two home runs and eight RBIs this season.

Giants: Pagan extends hit streak
Angel Pagan extended his hit streak to 16 games on Wednesday, the longest-active streak in the Majors. It is the longest hitting streak of his career. The outfielder is hitting .301 (22-for-73) with four home runs, six RBIs, three triples and one double during the streak. Pagan began the season with just three hits in his first 27 at-bats. Pagan is a .284 (54-for-190) hitter, with one home run, 19 RBIs and 16 doubles against the Marlins in his career.

Worth noting
• Giants pitchers have compiled a 1.94 ERA in 11 games at home this season, and have allowed only eight runs in the last 38 innings at AT&T Park.

• Carlos Zambrano has 120 wins to credit since becoming a full-time starter in 2003, placing him sixth among active pitchers in that time frame.

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