Marlins Get Revenge To Prevent Series Sweep

Ivan Rodriguez and Mike Lowell helped to bury the Phillies Thursday afternoon, combining for 5 RBI in the seventh inning of an 8-3 Marlins win in the series finale. The Phillies were hoping of a repeat of 2001 when they opened the season with a sweep against the Marlins, but the Florida offense woke up to make sure that didn't happen.

In the first inning, Vicente Padilla seemed to be dominant. He was blowing pitches past hitters with ease. Then, came the second inning; Juan Encarnacion hit a two-run shot and two batters later, Alex Gonzalez took Padilla deep for a solo homerun putting the Marlins up 3-0. Both homeruns came on curveballs that Padilla hung on the inside part of the plate and both were hit to nearly the same spot.

The real damage was done in the seventh. Padilla left after six innings of work, allowing just the second inning runs. Rheal Cormier came on and delivered a wake up call to the Marlins offense. With runners on second and third, Ivan Rodriguez delivered a two-run triple. After a walk to Derrek Lee, Mike Lowell stepped up and delivered a three-run shot, pushing the Marlins lead to 8-2.

The Phillies had scored an unearned run in the top of the third when Jimmy Rollins reached on a bunt single and went to second on an error by Lowell. Placido Polanco then delivered an RBI single, making it a 3-1 game at the time. Dave Bell delivered the first Phillies homerun of the season in the fourth, cutting the lead to 3-2. The Phillies final run came with two outs in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Tomas Perez tripled and scored on a wild pitch.

Marlins starter Mark Redman (1-0) pitched six and two-third strong innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out 10 in his National League debut.

The Phillies will open their home schedule Friday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who completed a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds at the new Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

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