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.