Series: Game 3 of 4

Florida leads 2-1 (as of 9/11)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 10
Florida 6Final
Philadelphia 4
Game 2: Tuesday, September 10
Florida 2Final
Philadelphia 1
Game 3: Wednesday, September 11
Florida 2Final
Philadelphia 9
Game 4: Thursday, September 12
Florida 1Final
Philadelphia 6

Marlins 2

(71-74, 29-45 away)

Phillies 9

(71-75, 36-38 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 11, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

    123456789 R H E
    FLA 000010001 2 - -
    PHI 40113000 - 9 - -

    W: B. Myers (4-4)

    L: B. Penny (6-6)

    Phillies snap six-game losing streak

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Placido Polanco and Travis Lee made sure Larry Bowa had little to complain about after this game.

    Travis Lee
    First Base
    Philadelphia Phillies
    139 12 63 51 5 .265

    Polanco and Lee hit three-run homers and Brett Myers pitched six solid innings as the Philadelphia Phillies stopped a six-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night.

    The homers came one night after Bowa criticized Lee for his lack of production, lamented the team's inability to hit with runners on base and blamed the overall struggles on an inconsistent offense.

    ''It was coincidence,'' Bowa said.

    Lee, who went 2-for-4 with four RBI, is batting .265 with just 12 homers and 63 RBI.

    ''I don't think you can be satisfied hitting .240 or playing a corner position with 10 or 11 home runs,'' Bowa said a night earlier, clearly trying to send a message to his first baseman.

    Lee didn't speak to reporters after the game.

    The Phillies had lost nine of 10 after reaching a season-best three games over .500. Florida had won three straight, including a doubleheader sweep over the Phillies on Tuesday.

    ''Down 4-0 in the first takes the steam out of you,'' Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said.

    Myers (4-4) allowed one run and six hits, struck out four and walked four. The rookie right-hander, the 12th overall pick in the 1999 amateur draft, gave up six earned runs in his previous start, a 7-2 loss to the New York Mets.

    A patriotic tribute was held before the game to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A special logo was displayed on the field behind home plate at Veterans Stadium, all fans received an American flag and a T-shirt bearing the logo, and a moment of silence was held at 9:11 p.m. followed by a video presentation.

    Jimmy Rollins and Doug Glanville started the first inning with back-to-back singles off Brad Penny. After Bobby Abreu struck out, Pat Burrell lined a single to center that scored Rollins for a 1-0 lead.

    Lee flied out to left for the second out, but Polanco hit a 3-1 pitch into the left-field seats to make it 4-0.

    ''It's the wind, the wind,'' Polanco said of his 397-foot drive.

    An RBI double by Lee gave the Phillies a 5-0 lead in the third. Lee made it 9-1 with his three-run shot off Nate Robertson in the fifth.

    Penny (6-6) allowed six runs and six hits in four innings -- his shortest outing since July 25.

    Right-hander Josh Beckett pitched two hitless innings for the Marlins after coming off the disabled list before the game. It was the first career relief appearance for the 22-year-old Beckett, who made three trips to the disabled list this season because of blisters on his right middle finger.

    ''I felt good. I just wanted to get some outs,'' Beckett said, adding that he pitched without a bandage.

    Game notes

    Marlins LF Kevin Millar extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an infield single in the first inning. He had an 18-game streak earlier in the season. ... Before Polanco's homer, 21 of Philadelphia's previous 28 homers were solo shots. ... The Phillies are 22-20 since trading All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen to St. Louis, but have won just two of the last 11. ... Fans cheered pinch-hitter Marlins OF Tim Raines when he batted for Robertson in the sixth. ... Penny hasn't given up a run past the fifth inning this season. He has pitched past the fifth in 10 of his 21 starts. ... Phillies right-hander Eric Junge, acquired in the offseason deal that sent Omar Daal to Los Angeles, made his big-league debut by pitching the ninth. ... Phillies 2B Marlon Anderson snapped an 0-for-22 slump with a triple in the fourth inning.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press