Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 6/23/12

The Miami Marlins poor June continued with their fifth straight loss and 14th overall in the month on Friday.   The final of this one was 12-5 with the Toronto Blue Jays coming out on top.    Miami is now only a half game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies who sit in last place in the division.

Anibal Sanchez allowed six runs in only three and a third innings in one of his worst starts as a Marlin.   Sanchez walked four and allowed seven hits as he struggled to throw anything over the plate that would confuse the Toronto lineup.   The loss dropped the right-hander to 3-6 on the season after he started the year as a potential Cy Young candidate.   Chad Gaudin tossed the next one and two third innings in scoreless fashion but was lifted for a pinch-hitter due to a potential rally by the offense.  Gaudin would’ve likely worked at least two more innings if the at-bat was not needed.   Ryan Webb continued the struggles that Sanchez started allowing six runs of his own in his two innings on the mound.    Mike Dunn and Heath Bell each worked a perfect inning to end the game with the score well out of reach.

It was a day of longballs for Miami as the home run feature was activated three times.   First, it was Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth inning hitting his 16th blast of the season.   Next, Omar Infante tagged his seventh home run of the year coming in the sixth.   Last but not least, Gaby Sanchez hit his second home run of the year in the eighth inning.   For Sanchez, it was his best game of 2012 as he went 3-4 with the aforementioned blast and scored two of Miami’s five runs.

On Saturday, the Marlins will try once again to turn things around as they plan to send ace Josh Johnson to the mound to take on Brett Cecil.

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