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Marlins rebound from dismal loss, beat up Phillies

MIAMI (AP) -- With an eight-run lead in the ninth, the Florida
Marlins managed to hang on.

Miguel Cabrera drove in four runs, Josh Beckett pitched six
innings and the Marlins bounced back from their most dismal defeat
of the season to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 14-6 Sunday night.

Beckett (15-8) won his third start in a row, allowing five hits
before departing with a 9-2 lead. The bullpen struggled, but there
was no repeat of Saturday's collapse when the Marlins blew
Dontrelle Willis' 2-0 lead and committed four errors in the ninth
as Philadelphia scored 10 runs.

"We redeemed ourselves a little bit for that terrible
exhibition Saturday," manager Jack McKeon said. "It shows they're
not ready to give up."

Still 2½ games behind NL wild-card leader Houston, the Marlins
averted a series sweep and snapped a four-game losing streak that
matched their longest of the year. The Phillies fell 1½ games
behind the Astros with two weeks to go.

Six Philadelphia pitchers gave up 16 hits and nine walks. Rookie
starter Eude Brito (1-1) lasted only 2 1/3 innings.

"You know what? We just stunk up the joint," manager Charlie
Manuel said. "We definitely can put this one behind us."

Jimmy Rollins tripled in the seventh to extend his career-best
hitting streak to 24 games, the longest by a Phillies player since
Willie Montanez hit in 24 consecutive games in 1974. There have
been only four longer streaks in the club's 123-year history, and
none since 1930.

"I was happy I got a triple -- not that I wouldn't have been
satisfied with anything," Rollins said.

The Marlins' injury-plagued infield was further depleted when
second baseman Luis Castillo left in the seventh inning with a
tight right hamstring. His status is day to day.

Florida was already without shortstop Alex Gonzalez (elbow) and
infielder Damion Easley (ankle), both likely sidelined the rest of
the regular season. Rookie shortstop Robert Andino, making just his
second career start, had a double and an RBI single and scored a
run.

Florida's Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer in the eighth, his
seventh of the year and his first since Aug. 1. He hit 27 last
season. Jeff Conine went 3-for-3, walked three times and drove in
two runs.

Despite the rout, there were boos from the crowd of 25,208 in
the eighth when Florida committed two errors and gave up three runs
to stir memories of Saturday's debacle.

Cabrera had a two-run single and two-run double for the Marlins,
who ended a stretch in which they went 1-for-25 with runners in
scoring position. Cabrera broke the team record for total bases in
a season with 327, surpassing Gary Sheffield's 324 in 1996.

Beckett threw his second pitch to the backstop, needed 24
pitches to get through a scoreless first and walked four before
departing after 114 pitches. But he stranded four runners in
scoring position and improved to 10-2 at home in 14 starts this
season.

"I felt like when I needed to, I did a pretty good job,"
Beckett said. "Everybody here likes to play in these kind of
games, because you're playing for something."

Philadelphia's Kenny Lofton drove in runs with a single and a
groundout. Teammate Ryan Howard had an RBI double in the sixth, and
Mike Lieberthal singled home a run in the eighth.

Brito, making his fourth major-league start, gave up five hits,
three walks and three runs.

Game notes
Beckett and Willis (21-9) give the Marlins two 15-game
winners for only the second time. Alex Fernandez and Kevin Brown
reached the milestone for the 1997 World Series champions. ... The
Phillies finished 10-9 against Florida, winning the season series
for the first time since 2001.