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Marlins 5, Pirates 2

Florida won for the seventh time in eight games as Junior Felix hit a three-run homer in Pittsburgh. The victory moved the Marlins into fourth place in the NL East. Felix's fourth-inning shot off the scoreboard was the seventh home run for the outfielder, who returned to the roster Friday after being optioned to Triple-A Edmonton on May 28. Felix tripled in the seventh and scored on a single by starting and winning pitcher Chris Hammond (6-4). A homer in the eighth by Dave Magadan, his second in two nights, gave Florida its three-run cushion. Hammond, who is 6-1 since changing his uniform number from 38 to 11 on May 4, allowed two runs and 11 hits in 7 innings. Bob Walk (7-5) failed in his second attempt to pick up his 100th career victory. His lifetime mark is 99-72.

Around the league

Pirates: Barry Bonds' charge that his highly publicized argument with Pittsburgh manager Jim Leyland early in spring training two years ago was a setup amazed Pirates' players and coaches. "That's a lie," said Andy Van Slyke, who was in the group of outfielders with Bonds when the heated argument occurred. "I was there, and all I can say is it's a lie. I'm not going to have Barry create something that's not true. Ask any outfielder who was there." Bonds made the charge in an interview in the July issue of Playboy. According to the magazine, Bonds said: "It wasn't an accident. They set me up. Why would a microphone and TV crew be right there at that time? Just to stir up expletive."

Reds: After Rob Dibble gave up two runs in the ninth inning Friday night to allow the Braves to tie it at 5, he stormed into the visiting clubhouse. He upended a food table despite protests by teammate Kevin Mitchell, who asked that the cantaloupe be spared. It wasn't. The Braves won 6-5 in 11 innings.

Mets: New York acquired right-handed pitcher Josias Manzanillo from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Wayne Housie. Third baseman Howard Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 11, because of a viral infection.

Braves: Outfielder Otis Nixon was given permission to leave the club after his brother's wife collapsed at her Evergreen, N.C., home Saturday. She was listed in stable condition, a spokesperson at New Hanover Medical Center said.

_ TIMES WIRES

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