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Encarnacion, Hollandsworth lead Marlins to win

7/12/2003

MONTREAL (AP) -- The Florida Marlins capped a big day with what
they hope will prove to be a memorable and meaningful win.

Todd Hollandsworth hit a tying homer and Juan Encarnacion
singled in the go-ahead run later in the ninth inning to lead
Florida to a 5-4 win over the Montreal Expos on Friday night.

The comeback completed a day of good news for the Marlins as
rookie left-hander Dontrelle Willis was added to the NL All-Star
team and AL saves leader Ugueth Urbina was acquired from Texas
prior to the game.

"With Dontrelle making the All-Star team, it's a big day for
us," Hollandsworth said. "Hopefully this is one of those days
that you remember. Hopefully you'll look back and say this is where
we got jump-started."

Trailing 4-3, Florida tied it on Hollandsworth's pinch-hit homer
off closer Rocky Biddle (3-4) to lead off the ninth.

One out later, Biddle induced his second straight grounder but
shortstop Orlando Cabrera's throw to first was in the dirt and Luis
Castillo reached safely on the error.

Mike Lowell drew a two-out walk and Encarnacion singled scoring
Castillo ahead of left fielder Brad Wilkerson's throw home.

Hollandsworth was hitting for starter Brad Penny (8-6), who
allowed Wil Cordero's grand slam in the fourth after retiring the
first 10 batters he faced.

"It was huge. It was nice to see," Penny said. "I knew if I
could keep it to one or two runs, we've got a good chance the way
this team fights, and we're playing great. We got Urbina now and
everybody's excited. That's a great move. It shows the front office
really wants to win."

Lowell and Derrek Lee also homered for the Marlins, who have won
seven of 10.

"There can only be positives said about today," Lowell said.
"A huge win, Dontrelle -- delighted for him, and picking up a guy
like Urbina. Hopefully we can make it a race."

Penny allowed five hits in eight innings, trading in a complete
game for a win as a result of Florida's ninth-inning comeback.

Braden Looper pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save. Looper
will continue to close while Urbina -- who saved 26 of 30
opportunities with Texas this season -- will be used as a setup man.

"He's been around and to tell me that, 'You're still our guy,
we're sticking with you -- This is just to help us get the ball to
you,' that's definitely a huge vote of confidence and I appreciate
that," Looper said.

Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez left the game with a strained
left hamstring after he singled and advanced to second on a passed
ball in the fourth.

After seeing the Expos lose their sixth in seven, manager Frank
Robinson kept reporters waiting for 20 minutes while he laced into
his team in a post-game meeting.

"Basically, it's not plays that we should make or adjustments
we should make, it's the mental things," Wilkerson said. "He just
feels like it's a lack of intensity."

Montreal is 12{ games behind division-leading Atlanta in the NL
East, and four games behind Philadelphia in the NL wild card
standings.

"The bottom can drop out in a couple of ballgames if we
continue to play the way we're playing," Robinson said.

Florida went up 2-0 on Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly in the
second and Lee's one-out homer in the fourth.

In the bottom half of the fourth Penny allowed one-out singles
to Jose Vidro and Orlando Cabrera. He then hit Wilkerson with a
pitch to load the bases. Wilkerson, though, only went to first when
he was directed there by home plate umpire Terry Craft after he was
grazed on the right elbow.

"For some reason, (Craft) thought it hit him," Penny said.
"(Wilkerson) had no idea."

Cordero hit Penny's 1-1 pitch for his ninth homer of the season,
his fourth career grand slam, to put Montreal up 4-2.

Lowell hit his 27th homer in the sixth to draw Florida to within
one.

Javier Vazquez allowed seven hits and three runs in seven
innings, remaining winless in his last six starts.

Game notes
Lowell was caught in a rundown between second and third on
Encarnacion's single to end the ninth. ... Mike Mordecai replaced
Gonzalez defensively to begin the bottom half of the fourth. ...
Vazquez has allowed 22 home runs this season.