- The Washington Times - Friday, June 21, 2002

MIAMI Showers fell, a small crowd showed and Luis Castillo slashed a single.
Just another routine night for the Florida Marlins.
A rain-shortened game and the Cleveland Indians couldn't stop Castillo, who needed only one at-bat last night to extend his hitting streak to 34 games, breaking Rogers Hornsby's record for a second baseman and tying Dom DiMaggio and three other players.
Castillo also scored the first run of a 3-0 victory to help the Florida Marlins complete a three-game sweep in a game called in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was the first meeting between the teams since the 1997 World Series, which Florida also won.
Castillo slashed a 2-2 pitch from Ryan Drese to left field for a single leading off the first inning the 12th time he has had a hit in the first during the streak.
The Dominican, who finished 1-for-3, matched Benito Santiago's record for the longest hitting streak by a player born outside the United States and surpassed Hornsby's 33-game streak of 1922.
Four other players had one-season streaks of 34 games DiMaggio (1949), Santiago (1987), George McQuinn (1934) and George Sisler (1925). Only 10 players have had a longer streak, including just two since 1950 Pete Rose (44) in 1978 and Paul Molitor (39) in 1987.
Castillo will go for No.35 tonight against Detroit knuckleballer Steve Sparks.
The start of the game was delayed 17 minutes by rain. There was another delay of one hour, 42 minutes before the game was called.
Announced attendance was 8,045, and there were perhaps 5,000 fans actually on hand. Many gave Castillo a standing ovation when he slapped a single in the first to the left of third baseman Travis Fryman.
While the stands were mostly empty, there was at least one sign of the buzz building around the streak: The Marlins arranged a postgame news conference for Castillo for the first time.
A.J. Burnett (8-5) allowed two hits in six innings, extending his shutout streak to 18 consecutive innings. He improved to 6-0 in interleague play with a 2.73 ERA.
Marlins starters have allowed just one run in the past 38 innings.
Florida's Mike Lowell hit his 10th home run, and Preston Wilson scored from second base on a sacrifice bunt.
Ryan Drese (7-5), hit twice by batted balls, allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings.
The Indians stopped Joe DiMaggio's record 56-game hitting streak in 1941, but in three games they couldn't stop Castillo. He's hitting .400 during the streak and .338 this season.
After his first-inning single, he advanced to second with his 24th stolen base, took third on a groundout and scored when Cliff Floyd hit a liner off Drese's right foot for an infield single.
Drese took another shot in the second when Wilson hit a sharp grounder off his right leg for an infield hit. Mike Redmond also reached on an infield hit.
Burnett then bunted, and when catcher Einar Diaz threw him out at first, Wilson kept running and beat the throw home with a headfirst slide.
Notes Floyd, a career .301 hitter vs. left-handers, is batting just .200 (13-for-65) against them this season. Cleveland's Milton Bradley snapped an 0-for-15 skid with an infield single in the second. The Marlins climbed three games above .500 for the first time since May16.

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