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Lowell drives in four runs with three extra-base hits

4/18/2003

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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