Series: Game 1 of 3

Florida leads 1-0 (as of 9/27)

Game 1: Friday, September 27
Philadelphia 2Final
Florida 5
Game 2: Saturday, September 28
Philadelphia 9Final
Florida 3
Game 3: Sunday, September 29
Philadelphia 3Final
in 10
Florida 4

Phillies 2

(79-80, 39-40 away)

Marlins 5

(78-82, 45-34 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 27, 2002

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: G. Knotts (3-1)

    L: R. Wolf (11-9)

    S: B. Looper (13)

    Burnett strikes out eight in 5 2/3 innings

    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' single. 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.

    Game notes

    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.

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