Wolf got a rare win against Florida, leading the Philadelphia
Phillies to an 8-5 victory Wednesday night that stopped the
Marlins' longest winning streak of the season at six games.
Wolf (4-4) had been 2-12 against the Marlins, including a pair
of losses in April. He allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 1/3
innings, winning his third straight decision after three
"When you have a record like that against a team you take one
any way you can," Wolf said. "I just wanted to give the team some
Ryan Madson struck out four in 2 2/3 hitless innings, and Billy
Wagner finished for his 11th save in 13 chances, retiring Carlos
Delgado on a game-ending flyout with two on.
"I just didn't make my pitches," Leiter said. "I made some
dumb pitches and you can't do that."
Leiter and Marlins manager Jack McKeon refused to blame a
33-minute rain delay in the third inning for the poor outing.
"It didn't bother the other guy [Wolf]," McKeon said. "We
didn't have very effective pitching any way you look at it. We have
to have guys give us six or seven innings."
Todd Pratt hit a run-scoring single in the second inning, and
the Phillies went ahead 5-2 in a four-run third.
Rollins and Placido Polanco singled, and Pat Burrell hit a
run-scoring single with one out that tied the score. Thome's single
put the Phillies ahead and chased Leiter, and Jason Michaels hit a
two-run single off Logan Kensing.
"This was definitely a big game for us," said Phillies manager
Charlie Manuel, whose team lost the first two games of the series.
"To lose three here would have been tough."
Burrell's sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 6-2, and Polanco
added a two-run double in the fifth following a double by Wolf.
"We had good at-bats," Polanco said. "Many times Leiter is a
pitcher you can't hit, but there are times he's not making his
pitches. We were aggressive tonight."
Burrell was taken out of the game in the sixth inning after he
hurt his left wrist when the bat slipped out of his hand after
swinging at a pitch.
"I could have continued playing," said Burrell, who was
scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a sore left wrist. "It's
fine. Sometimes there's been a lot of swelling in that area. I
certainly don't want to overreact."
Florida chased Wolf in the sixth when Mike Lowell hit an RBI
double and scored on a two-run homer by Damion Easley, his sixth of
the season and fifth in 14 games.
"We're never ready to cash it in the way we've been playing
lately," said Lowell, who had three hits. "But 8-2 is too deep to
come back from."
The game was delayed 33 minutes by rain in the top of the
third inning. ... The Phillies also had 17 hits on April 10 against
St. Louis. ... The announced attendance was 17,165, but the actual
crowd was about one-third of that. The NBA Heat played against
Detroit a few miles away.