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Streak Ends, But Cantu Content

    DENVER -- Jorge Cantu and his 21-game hitting streak hit a wall in the form of Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook on Saturday. But the steady infielder for the Marlins said it was fun while it lasted.

     "First of all I want to tip my hat off to Cook," Cantu said. "He pitched a helluva game. He had everything going for him. He moved the ball around for nine innings.

    "But the streak has to come to an end sometimes. It was nice. Nothing you can do about it, just go out there tomorrow, start another one. It was a fun ride for sure. Everyone came up to me after the game and told me how great it was, and how they enjoyed it. That was great, to hear from everyone on the team. It motivates you to start another one."

Cantu said he never felt growing pressure as the streak progressed.

"I don't let it get into my head," Cantu said. "It's baseball. It was a lot of fun. I never experienced it in my life, and it was a lot of fun."

Cantu singled in the first game of the doubleheader to stretch his streak, which started late last season, to 21 straight games. But he went 0 for 4 in the second game as Cook went the distance for the Rockies in the victory. Despite his hitless performance, Cantu still drove in the Marlins' only run in the 8-1 loss with a run-scoring ground out.

"It's going to be something to remember the rest of my life," Cantu said.