MIAMI (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have started another
streak in Florida, and this one is more to their liking.
Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer and Eric Milton won for the
first time in more than a month, leading the Phillies to a 12-4
victory over the Marlins on Wednesday night. Mike Lieberthal, Jason
Michaels and Placido Polanco each added two-run homers in the
Phillies' second win in two nights at Florida after having lost 14
straight at Pro Player Stadium.
"It's unbelievable, especially since last year, we felt these
guys knocked us out of our chance to go on," said Burrell, who hit
his first homer in 81 at-bats at Florida. "It's nice to have a
Milton (14-4) gave up one run and three hits, and struck out
four in 6 1-3 innings in his first win since Aug. 21 at Milwaukee --
a span of six starts. He retired 10 straight before Mike Lowell
homered to lead off the seventh.
"I think everybody enjoys beating these guys, especially what
they've done to us this year," Milton said. "I know it's my first
year (with the Phillies), but I know I've enjoyed these last two
Philadelphia, which moved within one game of second-place
Florida in the NL East, will go for the series sweep Thursday
night. Florida is 11-3 overall against the Phillies this season.
"We have a lot of catching up to do," Phillies manager Larry
Bowa said of his team's rivalry with the Marlins.
Damion Easley and Chris Aguila homered for Florida, which won
its previous seven games against left-handed starters. The Marlins
dropped 6½ games behind front-running San Francisco in the NL
Logan Kensing (0-3) allowed six runs and four hits in 4 2-3
innings -- his longest outing in four career appearances, including
three starts. He also hit a batter and threw two wild pitches, one
which scored a run.
"It's kind of hard seeing these guys play their butts off all
year and not being able to get the job done," said Kensing, who
was promoted from Class A on Sept. 7. "I just have to get
Marlins manager Jack McKeon said Kensing has been overmatched.
"It's tough coming out of 'A' league," McKeon said. "You
don't see (Jim) Thome, (Bobby) Abreu, (Sammy) Sosa down there. He's
certainly not ready to pitch up here."
Lieberthal's homer keyed a three-run second inning that gave the
Phillies a 3-0 lead.
Jim Thome hit a leadoff double, went to third on David Bell's
groundout and scored on Kensing's wild pitch. One out later,
Burrell walked and Lieberthal hit a 2-2 pitch to left for his first
homer at Florida in 68 at-bats, dating to June 24, 2002.
Michaels' homer gave Philadelphia a 5-0 cushion after Bell was
hit by a pitch leading off the fourth.
Kensing left after allowing Bell's RBI double that gave
Philadelphia a 6-0 lead in the fifth.
Jimmy Rollins singled twice in the Phillies' five-run seventh
that made it 11-0.
Rollins led off with a base hit and Polanco homered to left on a
1-2 pitch from Aaron Small. One out later, Thome walked, Bell
singled, Michaels flied out and Burrell homered to left on a 1-0
count, giving the Phillies an 11-0 lead.
Lowell homered off Milton and Brendan Harris drove in a run with
a groundout in the seventh to make it 11-2.
Easley homered off Amaury Telemaco to open the eighth.
Lou Collier added an RBI double for the Phillies in the ninth,
and Aguila hit his first career homer for the Marlins off Geoff
Juan Pierre's first-inning infield single gave him 200 hits
for the third time in his career. He joined Ichiro Suzuki
(2001-04), Derek Jeter (1998-2000) and Alex Rodriguez (1996, '98,
2001) as the only active players with three or more 200-hit
seasons. ... Alex Gonzalez's third-inning double to left-center was
Florida's first hit beyond the infield in the series. The Marlins
had three infield singles Tuesday night. ... Reliever Felix
Rodriguez, expected to rejoin the Phillies on Tuesday, remained in
the Dominican Republic on Wednesday because of visa problems. He
went there to attend his grandmother's funeral. ... Florida's
Miguel Cabrera struck out three times. ... Milton had nine
no-decisions in his previous 14 starts.