Series: Game 1 of 4

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 6/24)

Game 1: Monday, June 24
Philadelphia 15Final
Florida 4
Game 2: Tuesday, June 25
Philadelphia 7Final
in 11
Florida 6
Game 3: Wednesday, June 26
Philadelphia 2Final
Florida 6
Game 4: Thursday, June 27
Philadelphia 7Final
Florida 3

Phillies 15

(32-41, 11-23 away)

Marlins 4

(39-36, 21-16 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 24, 2002

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    PHI 202107111 15 - -
    FLA 010000003 4 - -

    W: V. Padilla (10-4)

    L: J. Tavarez (5-4)

    Ledee finds groove as leadoff hitter

    MIAMI (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies made the game such a snoozer that even the umpires got caught napping.

    Confusion about the ball-strike count ended an inning prematurely, but it made no difference in the outcome because Philadelphia tied a season high with 17 hits, shaking a slump and beating the Florida Marlins 15-4 Monday.

    Ricky Ledee had a career-high four hits, hiking his average from .140 to .190, and Vicente Padilla pitched five innings for his 10th victory. Pat Burrell and Mike Lieberthal each homered and drove in four runs.

    "Hitting is contagious,'' Ledee said. "Sometimes you're going to hit, and sometimes you won't.''

    With a lopsided game and a crowd of 5,465, the atmosphere was so sleepy that the umpires lost track of the game situation in the fifth inning. Following a lengthy deliberation they forced the Phillies to return to the field after both teams thought the inning was over. Florida failed to score anyway.

    Ledee, batting leadoff for the first time in only his ninth start this season, doubled twice and singled twice. He drove in two runs, scored three times and earned another start Tuesday, manager Larry Bowa said.

    "He did a great job,'' Bowa said. "He made me look like a genius.''

    Padilla (10-4) won his fourth consecutive decision, allowed two hits and one run, and lowered his ERA to 2.95.

    "If he doesn't make the All-Star team, it's a joke,'' Bowa said. "It's a no-brainer.''

    Padilla was taken out as a precaution after bruising his right forearm when hit by a pitch. He said he expects to make his next start as scheduled.

    The Phillies, who tied a season high with 17 hits, were coming off a nine-game homestand in which they batted just .189 and scored 22 runs. They broke out of the slump against Julian Tavarez (5-4), who allowed five runs in five innings, and added seven runs in the sixth.

    "We needed a night like this,'' said Marlins killer Bobby Abreu, who went 3-for-4. He hit a two-run homer and hiked his average against Florida to .351 with 16 home runs.

    A sequence in the fifth inning left both teams, the umpires and the crowd confused.

    Florida pinch hitter Pablo Ozuna was hit by a 2-1 pitch as he swung at it, prompting the umpires to confer regarding their ruling. While conferring they apparently lost track of the count, and when the pitch was ruled a strike, the crew said Ozuna had struck out and the inning was over.

    The Phillies hustled to their dugout and the Marlins reluctantly took the field. But before the next inning began, plate umpire Bill Hohn telephoned the press box, determined the pitch to Ozuna was only strike two and ordered the Phils back onto the field.

    ''(Marlins manager) Jeff Torborg came out and said, 'I don't think the count is correct,''' crew chief Larry Young said. "We called up to the press box. ... At that point we had to bring everybody back.''

    Ozuna then reached on an infield single and Castillo walked, but Andy Fox flied out to end the inning, this time for good.

    After a stretch of rainy afternoons during the current 13-game homestand, the Marlins took batting practice for the first time in more than a week. But they mustered only four hits until the ninth, when Kevin Millar and Ramon Castro homered.

    Luis Castillo, making his first start since his 35-game hitting streak ended, went 0-for-3 with two walks.

    The Phils' first seven batters in the sixth reached and scored, all against rookie Hansel Izquierdo, who failed to record an out. His ERA rose from 2.43 to 4.55.

    Abreu had one of six doubles by the Phils, who increased their NL-leading total to 155. Burrell drove in runs with a single, double, fielder's choice and his 18th homer. Lieberthal went 3-for-4, including his sixth homer and a three-run double.

    "For a team that's struggling offensively, they sure didn't show it,'' Florida outfielder Cliff Floyd said.

    Game notes

    Jeremy Giambi drew four walks, giving him 20 in 23 games with Philadelphia. ... The Marlins' staff had given up only seven runs in the past six games. ... Florida backup catcher Mike Redmond made his major league debut at first base in the eighth.

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