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Tejera homers, picks up win against Phillies

6/26/2002

MIAMI (AP) -- A day too late, pitcher Michael Tejera connected.

Tejera hit his first career home run, Cliff Floyd and Derrek Lee
had consecutive homers and the Florida Marlins beat the
Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 Wednesday night.

Tejera hit a solo shot in the second inning off Brandon
Duckworth.

On Tuesday night, after the Marlins ran out of position players,
Tejera was sent up as a pinch-hitter and struck out to end
Florida's 7-6 loss in 11 innings to the Phillies.

"I would have traded this homer for one (Tuesday) night,'' he
said. "I was just hoping to make contact and couldn't.''

Tejera (3-1) gave up one run in five innings, allowing five hits
and striking out four. He lowered his ERA to 3.17.

On the day Tejera made the Marlins' roster in spring training,
Florida manager Jeff Torborg approached the 25-year-old Cuban
left-hander and asked him why he swings a bat so well for a
pitcher.

Torborg wasn't surprised to learn that Tejera spent several
years as a center fielder, where he developed into an excellent
hitter.

"Shows the manager wasn't as dumb as he looked last night,''
Torborg said. "The kid can play. He can hit.''

Phillies manager Larry Bowa agreed.

"Tejera was up there (Tuesday) night for a reason -- he can
hit,'' Bowa said.

Duckworth helped the cause by throwing the exact pitch Tejera
wanted.

"He threw me a ball first, then I was looking for a fastball
right down the middle and he threw it,'' said Tejera, who pumped
his right fist after seeing the ball clear the wall. "I just tried
to put a good swing on it and the ball got out of the park.''

Tejera's shot marked the first time in franchise history that
Marlins pitchers had homered in consecutive games. A.J. Burnett hit
a home run Tuesday, ending a streak of 226 games in which Marlins
pitchers had not homered.

"Maybe that shamed the other guys into hitting a couple,''
Torborg said.

Floyd's 15th home run of the season was a three-run shot in the
fourth inning. Lee followed four pitches later with his 16th homer
to chase Duckworth (4-5).

Duckworth allowed six runs and a career-high seven walks in 3
2/3 innings, with four of those walks coming in the first inning
alone.

In two previous starts against Florida this season, Duckworth
had yielded only two earned runs in 12 innings.

"A lot of pitches were close. A lot of them were borderline,''
Duckworth said. "I wasn't getting a lot of the calls, but then
again, I didn't make the pitches when I needed to. It eventually
will break your back.''

The home run by Floyd was his second in the last 36 games and
his first at Pro Player Stadium since May 7, a span of 19 home
games.

Floyd and Andy Fox each had two hits for Florida, which snapped
a three-game losing streak.

Scott Rolen's single in the fifth drove in the first
Philadelphia run. Pinch-hitter Jason Michaels hit a solo homer in
the ninth for the Phillies, who lost for the second time in their
last nine road games.

The Marlins left the bases loaded in both the first and second
innings, temporarily failing to capitalize on Duckworth's
ineffectiveness.

Duckworth needed 34 pitches to get through the first inning but
allowed just one run, coming when Kevin Millar's walk forced home
Fox.

Of Duckworth's seven walks, six came with two out in an inning.
Florida drew nine two-out walks in the game.

Game notes
Millar left the game with a bruised right forearm, and is
day to day. He was hit by David Coggin's pitch in the seventh
inning. ... Bobby Abreu, who was 6-for-9 in the first two games of
this series, was 0-for-4. ... Before Wednesday, Duckworth had
allowed a total of two home runs in his last five starts. ... Chad
Ogea was the last Phillies pitcher to walk seven in a game, which
he did June 4, 1999, against Baltimore.