Phils Do More Damage To Marlins' Wild Card Hopes

Three Philadelphia Phillies ended droughts and virtually squashed the playoff hopes of the Florida Marlins. Mike Lieberthal and Pat Burrell hit their first homers at Pro Player Stadium in over two years and Eric Milton recorded his first win in a month as the Phillies cruised to a 12-4 win over the fading Marlins.

Entering 5 1/2 games behind San Francisco in the National League wild card standings, the Marlins put their chances of defending their world championship in the hands of rookie Logan Kensing (0-3), who was winless in his first two starts.

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But the Phillies, who had lost 14 straight games at Pro Player Stadium before Tuesday night, had other plans as Jim Thome led off the second with a double and scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. After a strikeout and a walk, Mike Lieberthal belted his 17th homerun of the season and first in Florida since June 24, 2002 - a span of 67 at bats - to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.

Jason Michaels added a two-run blast in the fourth before David Bell's RBI double an inning later ended Kensing's night. The right-hander surrendered six runs and four hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

The Phillies tacked on five runs in the seventh as Placido Polanco swatted his 16th homer - a two-run shot - and Burrell added a three-run blast. Burrell, who also last homered at Pro Player Stadium on June 24, 2002, ended a drought of 80 at bats without a homerun in Florida.

"Those guys knocked us out of a chance to move on last year," Burrell said in a post-game interview. "This is a nice revenge."

Eric Milton (14-4) was solid in his first win since August 21, yielding just one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander, who has just three victories in 15 starts since July 4, walked one and struck out four.

Mike Lowell got the Marlins on the scoreboard in the seventh with his 26th homer and Chris Aguila belted the first of his career in the ninth.

Juan Pierre led off the first inning with his 200th hit of the season - an infield single to third. Pierre became the first player in Marlins history to reach the 200-hit plateau in consecutive seasons.


PHILADELPHIA (12) VS FLORIDA (4) - FINAL PHILADELPHIA a b r h rbi bb so lob avg J Rollins ss 6 1 2 0 0 0 2 .285 P Polanco 2b 6 1 2 2 0 0 3 .287 B Abreu rf 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 .295 M Byrd cf 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .225 J Thome 1b 3 2 1 0 1 0 1 .276 R Howard 1b 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .375 D Bell 3b 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 .297 T Perez 3b 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .222 J Michaels cf-rf 5 1 1 2 0 1 5 .264 P Burrell lf 3 3 1 3 2 0 0 .255 M Lieberthal c 4 1 1 2 1 1 0 .267 A Hinch c 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 E Milton p 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .148 T Jones p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 A Telemaco p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-L Collier ph 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .281 G Geary p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 40 12 13 11 7 5 14 a-doubled to deep right for A Telemaco in the 9th. BATTING: 2B - J Thome (28, L Kensing); D Bell (32, L Kensing); L Collier (1, J Manzanillo). HR - M Lieberthal (17, 2nd inning off L Kensing 1 on, 2 Out), J Michaels (9, 4th inning off L Kensing 1 on, 0 Out), P Polanco (16, 7th inning off A Small 1 on, 0 Out), P Burrell (24, 7th inning off A Small 2 on, 2 Out). RBI - M Lieberthal 2 (55), J Michaels 2 (35), D Bell (75), P Polanco 2 (48), P Burrell 3 (81), L Collier (4). 2-out RBI - M Lieberthal 2, D Bell, P Burrell 3. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - M Byrd 1, J Michaels 1, J Thome 1, P Polanco 2. Team LOB - 9. BASERUNNING: SB - B Abreu (39, 2nd base off L Kensing/M Redmond). FIELDING: DP: 1 (J Rollins-P Polanco-R Howard). FLORIDA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg J Pierre cf 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .320 L Castillo 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .295 D Easley 2b 2 1 1 1 0 1 2 .248 J Conine 1b 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .275 M Cabrera lf 4 0 1 0 0 3 4 .301 M Lowell 3b 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 .291 J Encarnacion rf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .236 C Aguila rf 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .208 M Redmond c 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .253 M Treanor c 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .245 A Gonzalez ss 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .232 L Kensing p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 B Howard p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-M Mordecai ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .213 A Small p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 b-L Harris ph 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .224 J Manzanillo p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 c-P Lo Duca ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .298 Totals 34 4 9 4 2 5 13 a-grounded to third for B Howard in the 5th; b-grounded to first for A Small in the 7th; c-fouled out to third for J Manzanillo in the 9th. BATTING: 2B - A Gonzalez (30, E Milton); M Redmond (15, T Jones). HR - M Lowell (26, 7th inning off E Milton 0 on, 0 Out), D Easley (9, 8th inning off A Telemaco 0 on, 0 Out), C Aguila (1, 9th inning off G Geary 0 on, 0 Out). S - L Kensing. RBI - M Lowell (81), L Harris (15), D Easley (42), C Aguila (3). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - D Easley 1, J Pierre 1, M Cabrera 3. GIDP - M Lowell. Team LOB - 7. ---------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA - 030 210 501 -- 12 FLORIDA - 000 000 211 -- 4 ---------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA ip h r er bb so hr era E Milton (W, 14-4) 6 1/3 3 1 1 1 4 1 4.69 T Jones 2/3 2 1 1 0 0 0 4.24 A Telemaco 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 4.44 G Geary 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 5.70 FLORIDA ip h r er bb so hr era L Kensing (L, 0-3) 4 2/3 4 6 6 4 3 2 11.57 B Howard 1/3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.57 A Small 2 6 5 5 2 0 2 8.27 J Manzanillo 2 3 1 1 1 2 0 6.12 WP - L Kensing 2. HBP - J Pierre (by E Milton); D Bell (by L Kensing). Pitches-strikes: E Milton 90-63; T Jones 12-8; A Telemaco 13-9; G Geary 22-14; L Kensing 89-46; B Howard 4-2; A Small 50-34; J Manzanillo 41-22. Ground balls-fly balls: E Milton 5-10; T Jones 2-0; A Telemaco 2-1; G Geary 0-2; L Kensing 5-6; B Howard 0-1; A Small 3-3; J Manzanillo 2-2. Batters faced: E Milton 24; T Jones 4; A Telemaco 4; G Geary 6; L Kensing 23; B Howard 1; A Small 14; J Manzanillo 10. UMPIRES: HP--Phil Cuzzi. 1B--Jerry Crawford. 2B--Mark Wegner. 3B--Brian Onora. T--2:49. Att--20,416. Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy. Wind: 16 mph, in from center.


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