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Phillies' win over Marlins similar to opener

4/3/2003

MIAMI (AP) -- With the addition of Jim Thome and David Bell this
offseason, Philadelphia's lineup looked as good as anybody's. The
Florida Marlins now have firsthand proof.

Randy Wolf took a one-hitter into the seventh inning, Thome had
two hits, Bell had an RBI double and Mike Lieberthal added a
bases-loaded triple to lead the Phillies over the Marlins 8-2
Wednesday night.

"They're a good club,'' Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said. "We
talked about it all winter. They have a good rotation, and that
lineup.''

The game was pretty similar to Monday's opener, when Kevin
Millwood took a shutout into the sixth, Thome had three hits and
Bell added two singles and scored three times in an 8-5 victory.

The biggest difference Wednesday: the crowd at Pro Player
Stadium. The opener drew 37,137 fans; 10,534 showed for the second
game of the season. Nonetheless, the Marlins again had them headed
for the exits long before the game was finished.

"This was perfect,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "We're
not going to do this every game, but it was nice to get off to a
good start.''

Lieberthal and Marlon Byrd hit consecutive doubles in the fifth.
Byrd moved to third on a groundout and scored on Jimmy Rollins
two-out bunt single down the first-base line. While Derrek Lee
appeared to tag Rollins on the back for the final out, first-base
umpire Chris Guccione called him safe -- allowing the second run to
score. Lee, Torborg and catcher Ivan Rodriguez briefly argued.

The Phillies made it 5-0 in the sixth on Lieberthal's triple --
which gave them a big lead for the second straight game.
Philadelphia led Monday's opener 7-0 after three innings.

Florida isn't equipped for playing catchup. The Marlins are
built with speed and defense, hoping to complement a young and
talent pitching staff. The formula hasn't worked yet.

Lieberthal also singled in the eighth -- leaving him a home run
shy of hitting for the cycle. He stepped to the plate with two outs
in the ninth but popped out.

"We're like a puzzle,'' Thome said. "Everybody has a piece. So
far this has been great. Our pitching has been great, and we've
been hitting. We'll ride this out as long as we can. On paper we
have a nice lineup, and we've done it on the field these first two
games.''

Carl Pavano, pitching much sooner than expected because of Brad
Penny's suspension and A.J. Burnett's elbow inflammation, allowed
five runs and seven hits in six innings.

Pavano walked Bobby Abreu with one out in the sixth. Abreu moved
up on Thome's single -- his fifth hit in six at-bats this season --
Pat Burrell loaded the bases with a two-out walk and Lieberthal
tripled off the wall in the deepest part of the park.

Thome, whose $85 million, six-year contract was the largest of
the offseason, finished 2-for-3 with a walk. He was 3-for-4 with a
walk and an RBI in the opener.

Wolf retired 14 of 15 batters before Juan Pierre and Ivan
Rodriguez had back-to-back singles to start the seventh. Wolf gave
way to the bullpen after allowing three hits in six innings.

"It's fun to pitch with this lineup behind me,'' Wolf said.
"They take advantage of opportunities. These two games have been
fun to watch.''

Game notes
Wolf won for the first time at Pro Player Stadium. He had
been 0-3 with a 6.86 ERA in Miami. He also was 1-7 with a 5.56 ERA
against the Marlins. His seven losses against Florida are his most
against any team. ... Bowa was suspended for one game and fined for
inciting the benches to clear during a spring training game against
Toronto. He appealed the suspension, which was to begin Thursday in
the series finale. A hearing is set for Tuesday. ... Florida's
Rodriguez had two passed balls in the eighth, giving him three this
season. He allowed a combined 11 passed balls the last four years.