Everybody Hits As Phillies Pound Florida 14-0

The Phillies enjoyed their first day off in almost a month on Monday and returned to work well refreshed Tuesday night against the Florida Marlins. Vicente Padilla cranked up his 14th win of the season to give the Phillies four 14 game winners as he shut down the Marlins in the Phillies 14-0 win. The win puts the Phillies just one-half game behind the Marlins in the National League Wild Card race.

The Philadelphia Phillies were more than ready for their biggest series of the season. Mike Lieberthal matched a career high with six RBI and Vicente Padilla scattered five hits in eight innings as the Phillies routed Florida, 14-0, and pulled within one-half game of the Marlins in the National League wild card race.

Entering the game with eight straight losses to Florida, the Phillies wasted no time getting to Carl Pavano, plating four runs in the first inning. Lieberthal highlighted the frame with a two-run single, giving Padilla all the support he needed. Chase Utley drove in the Phillies third run of the night with an RBI double and Pat Burrell grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed Lieberthal to score from third to put the Phillies up 4-0.

Lieberthal, who collected six RBI at Montreal on May 19, 1999, equaled the total with his third career grand slam in a seven-run eighth inning. The eighth inning rally also saw RBI singles from Jimmy Rollins and Bobby Abreu and a double from Tomas Perez to drive in the Phillies final run of the night.

Padilla (14-10) worked out of a jam in the second and allowed just three hits over the next six innings. Padilla retired the last eight batters he faced, struck out six without a walk en route to his third win in four starts.

Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins added three hits apiece and Jim Thome homered for the Phillies, who snapped a five-game home losing streak to the Marlins and won for just the fifth time in 14 games this season with Florida. In addition to his eighth inning RBI single, Rollins also tripled in the fourth inning to score Perez. Thome's homerun – his 41st of the season - was a two-run shot off Michael Tejera in the sixth inning and gave the Phillies a 7-0 lead at the time.

Pavano (11-12), who fell to 3-7 lifetime against Philadelphia, lost for the first time in five starts. He surrendered six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings with four walks and two strikeouts. The Phillies also roughed up the Marlins' bullpen for 8 earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Ivan Rodriguez had two hits for Florida, which dropped its second consecutive game after winning seven straight.

The series continues Wednesday night with Brett Myers (14-7, 4.11) going against Mark Redman (12-9, 3.60). The Phillies hope to have Placido Polanco back in the lineup for Wednesday night's game and could have David Bell available by this weekend.


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