Phils Can't Reel In Marlins

Miguel Cabrera drove in four runs, Josh Beckett pitched six innings and the Marlins bounced back from their most dismal defeat of the season to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 14-6 Sunday night. The loss dropped the Phillies 1 1/2 games behind Houston, who beat Milwaukee earlier in the day.

Josh Beckett (15-8) won his third start in a row, allowing five hits before departing with a 9-2 lead. The bullpen struggled, but there was no repeat of Saturday's collapse when the Marlins blew Dontrelle Willis' 2-0 lead and committed four errors in the ninth as Philadelphia scored 10 runs.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak that matched the Marlins' longest of the year. It also kept Florida 2 1/2 games behind the Astros with two weeks to go.

Six Philadelphia pitchers gave up 16 hits and nine walks. Rookie starter Eude Brito (1-1) lasted only 2 1-3 innings. Reliever Robinson Tejeda was hit the hardest, giving up four runs without recording an out.

Jimmy Rollins tripled in the seventh to extend his career-best hitting streak to 24 games, the longest by a Phillies player since Willie Montanez hit in 24 consecutive games in 1974. The triple also gave Rollins double-digits in stolen bases, doubles, triples and homeruns.

Florida's Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer in the eighth, his seventh of the year and his first since August 1. He hit 27 last season. Jeff Conine went 3-for-3, walked three times and drove in two runs.

Miguel Cabrera had a two-run single and two-run double for the Marlins, who ended a stretch in which they went 1-for-25 with runners in scoring position. Cabrera broke the team record for total bases in a season with 327, surpassing Gary Sheffield's 324 in 1996.

Kenny Lofton drove in two runs with a single and a groundout. Teammate Ryan Howard had an RBI double in the sixth, and Mike Lieberthal singled home a run in the eighth.


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