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Pinch Hit Delivers For Marlins

When the game came down to the final pitch for the second night in a row, the Florida Marlins were glad to have Edgar Renteria standing at the plate.

Delivering in the clutch as usual, pinch-hitter Renteria singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4.

The Marlins won the longest game in franchise history Monday, edging Toronto 4-3 in 17 innings.

"Everybody in the ballpark was hoping we didn't go 17 innings again, including me," Marlins manager Jim Leyland said.

Dave Berg singled for his third hit to start the ninth against Paul Quantrill (0-2), then advanced on a sacrifice. After Dan Plesac relieved, Cliff Floyd lined a single off the glove of third baseman Ed Sprague, but Berg held at second.

Renteria, given the night off by Leyland, batted for Todd Dunwoody and grounded a single to left, and Berg slid home ahead of Jose Canseco's throw. Renteria has eight game-ending hits in the past two seasons, including a single to win Game 7 of last year's World Series.

"He's done that in some pretty big situations, including one real big one," Leyland said.

"Coming off the bench, it's a lot harder because you're cold and not in the game," Renteria said. "But in that situation you're ready for anything."

Livan Hernandez (4-4) pitched his third complete game, allowing nine hits and four runs, and his RBI bloop single in the second inning gave Florida a 3-1 lead.

Hernandez threw 146 pitches to earn only his second victory in his past 10 starts. His brother, Orlando, threw a four-hitter in his second major-league start Tuesday to help the New York Yankees beat Montreal 11-1.

"I'm very happy about both of us winning and both of us throwing complete games," Livan said. "I'm sure he's happy and very excited too."

Toronto starter Woody Williams allowed nine hits and three earned runs in 7 2-3 innings. He left with the score 4-4, ending his streak of wins in four consecutive starts.

The Marlins improved to 2-0 wearing their lucky black socks. They switched to the socks Monday and snapped an 11-game losing streak.

"I guess we'll do it until we lose," Berg said.

The Marlins have baseball's worst record, but they're 5-0 against Toronto over the past two seasons.

"They're a major league ballclub, no matter what their record is," Blue Jays shortstop Alex Gonzalez said.

Craig Counsell hit his second homer for the Marlins in the first. Derrek Lee ended an 0-for-27 skid with three hits and scored twice.

Toronto's Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer, his ninth, to make the score 4-4 in the fifth. With the homer, Delgado extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games, matching Damion Easley of Detroit fothe longest in the majors this year.

Delgado kept the streak alive with a single in the 17th inning Monday.

Tony Fernandez drove in two runs for the Blue Jays with a single and a double, but it wasn't enough.

"Right now Carlos is the only guy who is really hot," Sprague said. "We're just not consistently putting enough guys on base. We're not getting enough opportunities."

Florida scored twice in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Lee singled, then came home on Dave Berg's double before Hernandez added a two-out RBI single.

Lee singled again in the fourth, advanced on a Berg single, took third on a sacrifice and came home on a passed ball by Kevin Brown.

Toronto's Shannon Stewart led off the game with a walk, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Fernandez.

Canseco led off Toronto's third with an infield single and later scored on Fernandez's double.

Notes: A double by Delgado in the 17th inning Monday was changed to a single Tuesday. The change was made because the runner ahead of Delgado was ruled out for missing third base. ... Canseco, who grew up in Miami and still has a home in South Florida, hosted a barbecue for his teammates Tuesday. ... Todd Zeile was 0-for-8 lifetime against Williams before he singled in the third. ... With the Marlins weary following their 17-inning win Monday, Leyland rested three regulars Floyd, Renteria and Gregg Zaun. Leyland also allowed his players to report an hour before the game.

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