Series: Game 1 of 2

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 7/21)

Game 1: Wednesday, July 21
Game 2: Thursday, July 22

Marlins 1

(47-47, 23-25 away)

Phillies 2

(50-44, 27-22 home)

7:05 PM ET, July 21, 2004

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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W: K. Millwood (8-5)

L: A. Burnett (1-5)

S: B. Wagner (16)

Philly dumps slump vs. Florida, tops East

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ricky Ledee turned to his right, ran back toward the left-field wall, leaped and snared the ball just before it landed in a flower bed.

He made sure nobody would rob him two innings later.

Ledee hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and Kevin Millwood pitched seven strong innings, helping Philadelphia beat Florida 2-1 on Wednesday to end the Phillies' nine-game losing streak against the Marlins.

Ledee, starting in left field for the struggling Pat Burrell, saved a run in the fifth with an outstanding catch on a drive by Damion Easley that appeared headed over the wall.

"As soon as I started to go back, I knew I had a chance," Ledee said. "When I jumped, it went right into my glove."

The Phillies, who blew a slim wild-card lead over World Series champion Florida down the stretch last season, hadn't beaten the Marlins since Sept. 18 at the now-demolished Veterans Stadium, losing six straight this season and 18 of 20 overall.

Philadelphia moved one game ahead of Atlanta in the NL East. The Marlins and New York Mets are three games behind.

"It's been a while since we beat them," Millwood said. "It's good to do it in the first game of a series."

Millwood (8-5) allowed one run and seven hits, striking out six in his second consecutive solid outing after the All-Star break. Millwood, who had a 5.15 ERA in the first half, gave up one run and three hits in seven innings in Philadelphia's 5-1 victory over the Mets last week.

"The All-Star break was a chance for me to get away and not think about baseball," said Millwood, who is in the last year of an $11 million contract and has been the subject of recent trade rumors. "Since then, I've had a lot more energy. My confidence is up."

Tim Worrell retired the two batters he faced and Billy Wagner got the last four outs for his 16th save in 18 chances.

"It was a great game. We just didn't score enough runs," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said.

A.J. Burnett (1-5) allowed two runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings in his 10th start since returning from elbow surgery. The hard-throwing right-hander is 0-5 with a 6.60 ERA in six starts on the road this season and 0-6 in eight starts the last two seasons.

"I felt the best I've felt in a while," Burnett said. "I threw a lot of fastballs by people. I'd rather have a win for this team, but I felt real good tonight."

After David Bell flied out to start the seventh, Ledee lined a 2-0 fastball into the right-field seats for his seventh homer in 99 at-bats.

"I hit it good. I knew it had a pretty good chance to go out because right field is short," Ledee said.

Placido Polanco's RBI infield single in the third gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Jimmy Rollins singled with two outs, stole second, advanced to third when second baseman Easley mishandled the throw and scored on Polanco's slow bouncer near second base.

Easley's two-out RBI single in the seventh tied it at 1. Matt Treanor led off with an infield single to Millwood. He moved to second on Burnett's sacrifice and scored on Easley's two-out single to center.

Ledee misplayed a line drive by Alex Gonzalez, losing the ball in the lights, into a double one inning before he robbed Easley.

Game notes

A sellout crowd of 44,007 pushed the Phillies over two million in attendance in their first season at Citizens Bank Park, the earliest in club history they've surpassed that mark and the first team to do it in the NL this season. The Phillies have 27 sellouts in 49 games. ... Easley, playing because Luis Castillo was bothered by back spams, went 3-for-4. ... Marlins 3B Mike Lowell made a diving, backhanded play on a hard grounder down the line by Mike Lieberthal to end the seventh.

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