Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, March 31
Game 2: Wednesday, April 2
Game 3: Thursday, April 3

Phillies 3

(2-1, 2-1 away)

Marlins 8

(1-2, 1-2 home)

    1:35 PM ET, April 3, 2003

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: M. Redman (1-0)

    L: V. Padilla (0-1)

    Redman keeps Phillies in check

    MIAMI (AP) -- Mark Redman gave the Florida Marlins a boost by throwing strikes, and they showed their appreciation by hitting home runs.

    Redman had a career-high 10 strikeouts in his debut for the Marlins, who hit three homers and beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 Thursday to avoid being swept in their opening series.

    Florida pitchers gave up 15 walks in the first two games, but Redman walked only one. The 6-foot-5 left-hander threw a first-pitch strike to 21 of 28 batters.

    "We needed this so badly,'' manager Jeff Torborg said. "He knows how to pitch. He's a big Tom Glavine, the way he moves the ball in and out.''

    Redman received the worst run support in the American League last season with Detroit, but the Marlins gave him an early lead. Juan Encarnacion, Alex Gonzalez and Mike Lowell homered, and Ivan Rodriguez hit a two-run triple to hike his average to .455 with five RBI.

    "I had no doubt in my mind I'd get the run support here,'' said Redman, acquired in a trade in January. "I put last year behind me. This team has speed, power and the ability to drive the ball in the gaps. And we have a manager who likes 'small ball' -- manufacturing one or two extra runs. That helps me relax as a pitcher.''

    Florida had been outscored 16-7 in the first two games, but Redman cooled the Phillies off. They settled for a 2-1 start going into their home opener Friday against Pittsburgh.

    "If we keep winning two out of three, we'll be in the World Series, won't we?'' catcher Todd Pratt said.

    There was no letup by Jim Thome, who went 2-for-4 and finished his first series with Philadelphia batting .636 (7-for-11) with three walks. Thome, whose $85 million, six-year contract was the largest of the offseason, also made a diving stop at first base to rob Todd Hollandsworth of a hit.

    "Baseball is so up and down,'' Thome said. "You try to ride your hot streaks out.''

    Redman allowed seven hits and two runs -- one earned -- in 6 2/3 innings. When asked to explain so many strikeouts by the Phillies, he laughed and said, "They haven't seen me before.''

    Vicente Padilla (0-1) gave up six hits and three runs, all on homers. David Bell hit the Phillies' first home run of the season.

    The crowd of 14,585 included about 7,500 children attending through a Marlins' program with local schools. Florida drew 62,256 for the first series of the year, an improvement of 84 percent over the first series in 2002.

    After Lowell singled, Encarnacion gave the Marlins their first lead of the season with a two-run homer in the second. One batter later, Gonzalez homered to make it 3-0.

    With the score 3-2, Florida added five runs in the seventh against Rheal Cormier. Pinch hitter Mike Mordecai and Juan Pierre singled, and Rodriguez tripled for a 5-2 lead. After Derrek Lee walked, Lowell hit a three-run homer.

    Phils manager Larry Bowa questioned Cormier's choice of pitches to Rodriguez, who hit a 2-2 delivery.

    "We're all saying splitter, and he threw a slider in the middle of the plate,'' Bowa said.

    Cormier's first appearance of the season left him with an ERA of 22.50. Last year it was 5.25 in 54 games for Philadelphia.

    "One thing you want is for the manager to have confidence in you,'' the left-hander said. "I'm sure he's thinking about what happened last year. I'm trying to turn the page on that.''

    Game notes

    The last time Redman pitched at Pro Player Stadium was last June 22, when he helped end Luis Castillo's 35-game hitting streak. ... Redman's previous high of nine strikeouts came against Tampa Bay and Cincinnati, both in 2000 when with Minnesota. ... Padilla, an All-Star last year, went 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in spring training.

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