Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 4/17)

Game 1: Monday, April 14
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Philadelphia5
Game 2: Tuesday, April 15
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Philadelphia4
Game 3: Wednesday, April 16
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Philadelphia1
Game 4: Thursday, April 17
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Marlins 7

(8-9, 3-5 away)

Phillies 3

(9-7, 5-5 home)

    3:05 PM ET, April 17, 2003

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: C. Pavano (2-2)

    L: K. Millwood (2-1)

    Lowell drives in four runs with three extra-base hits

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mike Lowell picked one of the coldest days of the season to have one of the best days of his career.

    Lowell drove in four runs with three extra-base hits and Carl Pavano pitched six shutout innings to lead the Florida Marlins over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 Thursday in a game that began in 43-degree weather but got considerably colder.

    "The first four innings weren't that bad, but the last four were ridiculous," Lowell said. "It just got real windy and once the sun really went away, I mean it was tough."

    Luis Castillo had three hits, three stolen bases and two runs scored for the Marlins, who swiped five bases in all to gain a split of the four-game series.

    Lowell doubled twice and hit the first triple of his five-year major league career.

    "It felt great," he said. "I just wanted to take some time to do it so I knew I could enjoy it. I figure hopefully if I'm still around in another four years, I'll notch up number two. It took a nice little bounce in the corner and that allowed me to get to third."

    Pavano (2-2) allowed just two hits, struck out five and walked one. The only batter who reached second base against him was Todd Pratt, who doubled in the third inning. Bobby Abreu had the other hit, a single in the fourth.

    "I felt good," Pavano said. "Velocity-wise I'm not where I want to be but as far as location and having all my pitches when I needed them, I'm right where I want to be."

    Pratt tripled in two runs in the seventh off reliever Blaine Neal.

    Kevin Millwood (2-1) lasted only 3 2-3 innings in his worst outing of the year. Acquired from Atlanta for backup catcher Johnny Estrada during the offseason, the right-hander allowed seven runs, seven hits and four walks.

    Millwood and manager Larry Bowa agreed it was just one of those days for the Phillies' ace.

    "It seems like there are days like this every year,'' Millwood said. "Everything was either down the middle or in the dirt. You can't pitch like that."

    Florida took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Castillo singled with one out and Ivan Rodriguez walked. Both scored on Lowell's triple to the right-field corner.

    "Kevin was just out of rhythm," Bowa said. "His control was not like it usually is. It's usually strike one, strike two."

    The Marlins batted around and tied a club record with four stolen bases during a five-run fourth inning. Juan Pierre drove in two runs with a triple and scored on Castillo's single. After Rodriguez walked and Juan Encarnacion flied out, Lowell lined his second double of the game, scoring two runs and chasing Millwood.

    "He is a tough pitcher," Lowell said. "He really wasn't as sharp as he usually is. He got some balls up, but I'll take him on my team any time."

    Pavano, a right-hander who was acquired from the Montreal Expos last July, lost to the Phillies in his first start of the season on April 2, allowing five runs and seven hits in six innings.

    Ricky Ledee homered in the ninth for Philadelphia off Tim Spooneybarger, who had retired his last 17 batters over six appearances.

    Game notes
    Ten elephants from Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus were on the field at Veterans Stadium when "Asia" threw out an oversized baseball with her trunk before the game. ... Lowell's triple came in his 2,042nd at-bat and 568th game. ... Phillies 2B Placido Polanco missed his second straight game with a bruised right finger. He was hit by a pitch from Florida's Josh Beckett on Tuesday. ... Millwood is 5-7 lifetime against Florida. ... Castillo led the majors with 48 stolen bases last season. ... The gametime temperature was a dropoff of 39 degrees from Wednesday. ... It was Pratt's third career triple and first since 1998 for the New York Mets.

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