PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ricky Ledee turned to his right, ran back
toward the left-field wall, leaped and snared the ball just before
it landed in a flower bed.
He made sure nobody would rob him two innings later.
Ledee hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and Kevin
Millwood pitched seven strong innings, helping Philadelphia beat
Florida 2-1 on Wednesday to end the Phillies' nine-game losing
streak against the Marlins.
"As soon as I started to go back, I knew I had a chance,"
Ledee said. "When I jumped, it went right into my glove."
The Phillies, who blew a slim wild-card lead over World Series
champion Florida down the stretch last season, hadn't beaten the
Marlins since Sept. 18 at the now-demolished Veterans Stadium,
losing six straight this season and 18 of 20 overall.
Philadelphia moved one game ahead of Atlanta in the NL East. The
Marlins and New York Mets are three games behind.
"It's been a while since we beat them," Millwood said. "It's
good to do it in the first game of a series."
Millwood (8-5) allowed one run and seven hits, striking out six
in his second consecutive solid outing after the All-Star break.
Millwood, who had a 5.15 ERA in the first half, gave up one run and
three hits in seven innings in Philadelphia's 5-1 victory over the
Mets last week.
"The All-Star break was a chance for me to get away and not
think about baseball," said Millwood, who is in the last year of
an $11 million contract and has been the subject of recent trade
rumors. "Since then, I've had a lot more energy. My confidence is
"It was a great game. We just didn't score enough runs,"
Marlins manager Jack McKeon said.
A.J. Burnett (1-5) allowed two runs and eight hits in 7 2/3
innings in his 10th start since returning from elbow surgery. The
hard-throwing right-hander is 0-5 with a 6.60 ERA in six starts on
the road this season and 0-6 in eight starts the last two seasons.
"I felt the best I've felt in a while," Burnett said. "I
threw a lot of fastballs by people. I'd rather have a win for this
team, but I felt real good tonight."
After David Bell flied out to start the seventh, Ledee lined a
2-0 fastball into the right-field seats for his seventh homer in 99
"I hit it good. I knew it had a pretty good chance to go out
because right field is short," Ledee said.
Placido Polanco's RBI infield single in the third gave the
Phillies a 1-0 lead. Jimmy Rollins singled with two outs, stole
second, advanced to third when second baseman Easley mishandled the
throw and scored on Polanco's slow bouncer near second base.
Easley's two-out RBI single in the seventh tied it at 1. Matt
Treanor led off with an infield single to Millwood. He moved to
second on Burnett's sacrifice and scored on Easley's two-out single
Ledee misplayed a line drive by Alex Gonzalez, losing the ball
in the lights, into a double one inning before he robbed Easley.
A sellout crowd of 44,007 pushed the Phillies over two
million in attendance in their first season at Citizens Bank Park,
the earliest in club history they've surpassed that mark and the
first team to do it in the NL this season. The Phillies have 27
sellouts in 49 games. ... Easley, playing because Luis Castillo was
bothered by back spams, went 3-for-4. ... Marlins 3B Mike Lowell
made a diving, backhanded play on a hard grounder down the line by
Mike Lieberthal to end the seventh.