Phillies Are Swept Away As Marlins Win 6-3

The Florida Marlins got a complete game, 140 pitch effort, from starter Mark Redman and the top of their lineup did more damage as they beat the Phillies 6-3 Sunday afternoon to sweep the three-game weekend series at The Vet. The Marlins have now won five straight games in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Braves beat Montreal again, pushing the Phillies to 7 ½ games behind Atlanta in National League East.

It wasn't that Mark Redman (7-3) had dazzling stuff, but he mixed his pitches well and stayed ahead of Phillies hitters to throw his second straight complete game for Florida. Redman allowed seven hits and struck out six. He also walked just one, with that being Placido Polanco, in the top of the first inning. Otherwise, Redman was in complete control throughout the game. The only blemishes came on a two-run homerun by Jim Thome – his 22nd of the season – and a line drive homerun by David Bell.

The Marlins went on top in the first inning off of starter Randy Wolf (9-4) when leadoff man Juan Pierre doubled to left field and advanced to third on a sacrifice by Luis Castillo. Ivan Rodriguez then followed with a sacrifice fly to make it a 1-0 game. A two-run homerun by Juan Encarnacion gave the Marlins a 3-0 lead that they would never relinquish.

Thome's homerun in the bottom of the first made it a 3-2 game, but the top of the Marlins order struck again in the third inning. Pierre led off with a single and scored on a double by Castillo. Rodriguez then doubled to right to score Castillo and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Encarnacion as the Marlins went up 6-2.

The scoring finished in the bottom of the fourth with Bell's homerun, his fourth of the season, cutting the Marlins lead to 6-3.

The top three hitters in the Marlins lineup – Pierre, Castillo and Rodriguez – went 5-for-9 with five runs scored and three RBI. Meanwhile, Phillies pitchers held Marlins slugger Mike Lowell hitless (0-for-10) in the series.

The Phillies now start a big three-game series against the third place Montreal Expos Monday night in Montreal. Brandon Duckworth (3-2, 4.47) goes against Livan Hernandez (7-6, 4.05) in the series opener. The Expos are one-and-a-half games behind the Phillies in the division.

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