MIAMI (AP) -- After spending a month on the disabled list, A.J. Burnett was happy with the way he ended his season.
Burnett struck out eight batters, and Mike Lowell and Brian Banks homered to lead the Florida Marlins to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday."It's good to end on a positive note,'' Burnett said. "I felt I got tired toward the end. I threw more pitches than I have in a long time.''Kevin Millar hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning for
Florida. Burnett, who missed a month earlier this season with a bone
bruise to his left elbow, finished the year with a second straight
strong start. Burnett allowed two runs -- one earned -- and four hits in 5 2/3 innings in just his second start since returning from the disabled list. Burnett recorded his 200th strikeout of the season in the second inning against Placido Polanco and finished with 203."We had to get him out of there, but boy, he did some job,'' Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said. "A.J. was the story. At 98 pitches was probably eight more than we wanted to go but we were trying to give him a chance to get a win."He pitched so well and wanted to get him the win but his arm
comes first.''The Marlins rallied from a 2-0 deficit off Phillies starter
Randy Wolf (11-9).The solo homers by Lowell and Banks tied the game in the fourth
inning."I was a little surprised Banks hit a first pitch curveball and
he hit a long way,'' Wolf said.Banks' home run hit the facade in left field 436 feet. It was
his first home run as a Marlin and first since 1999, when he played
for the Milwaukee Brewers."For someone like myself I want to feel good going into the
offseason,'' said Banks, who was called up by the Marlins from
Triple-A Calgary.The Marlins took the lead in the sixth. Juan Encarnacion led off
with a double and scored on Millar's single. After Lowell's double
put runners on second and third, Wolf recovered to strike out
Derrek Lee and Banks and retired Ramon Castro on a groundout.Lee added an RBI double in the eighth and scored on Banks'
Gary Knotts (3-1) got the last out of the sixth for the win.
Braden Looper pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save. Since
blowing his first three save chances this season, Looper has
converted 13 straight.Doug Glanville's two-out single in the third drove in Marlon
Anderson to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Pat Burrell added an RBI
single in the fourth.
Marlins 2B Luis Castillo singled in the first, giving him
180 hits for the season and breaking his franchise record set in
2000. Castillo went 3-for-4. ... The Phillies need to win their
remaining two games to finish above .500 for the second consecutive
season. ... Philadelphia has not finished with consecutive winning
seasons since 1982 and 1983.