MIAMI (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies figured out how to win in
Florida -- and just about ended the Marlins' hope for defending
their World Series title.
Jimmy Rollins homered in the 10th inning, helping Philadelphia
complete a three-game sweep of Florida with a 9-8 victory Thursday
"We weren't going to come here and roll over," Rollins said of
the Phillies, who entered the series winless in 14 games at Pro
Rollins hit a pitch from Armando Benitez (2-2) over the
right-field fence for his 12th homer.
"I was sitting on the bench thinking I want this game to be
over," Rollins said. "I said, 'Maybe I have to do it myself."
The three-game sweep lifted the Phillies into a tie with
Florida, which has lost four of five, for second place in the NL
East. At 79-73, the best both teams can do is tie Atlanta atop the
division. The Braves were beaten by Cincinnati 3-2 Thursday.
"Last year, they beat us, they were better than us," Phillies
manager Larry Bowa said. "This year, they were better than us
until this series.
The Marlins and Phillies are seven games behind San Francisco
and Chicago in the wild-card race. The Cubs beat Pittsburgh 6-3 and
the Giants played Houston later Thursday.
"We have to try to win as many games as we can," Bowa said.
The Marlins, who played their last home game of the regular
season, will try to make up the large wild-card deficit with 10
"Our pride is at stake," Florida manager Jack McKeon said.
"We are the defending world champions."
In the ninth, Juan Encarnacion led off with a double and moved
to third on Alex Gonzalez's sacrifice. Juan Pierre then hit a sharp
grounder that third baseman David Bell mishandled. Bell's throw was
late to first, allowing Encarnacion to score the tying run.
"These are the kinds of games we have with (Florida)," Bowa
said. "It's nice to win one."
Gonzalez's throwing error in the eighth allowed the Phillies to
go ahead 8-7.
Rollins hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Luis Castillo,
who flipped to shortstop Gonzalez covering second and forced
Placido Polanco. But in trying to avoid Polanco's hard slide,
Gonzalez made an errant throw to first, allowing Rollins to reach
and Mike Lieberthal to score from second.
"We just came up short," Pierre said. "They stung last and we
couldn't get one last gust."
Chase Utley and Bell hit solo home runs in the seventh inning as
the Phillies overcame a four-run deficit to take a 7-6 lead.
Utley's leadoff home run off Marlins reliever Guillermo Mota tied
the game 6-all and Bell homered with two outs.
But pinch-hitter Lenny Harris tied it with a leadoff homer in
the Marlins' half. It was Harris' 193rd pinch hit, extending his
major league record.
"Our pitching wasn't very sharp today," McKeon said. "When
you have a lead you have to close it out."
The 21-year-old Cabrera became the 14th big leaguer to hit 30
home runs in a season at age 21 or younger.
"Hopefully it's the start of many productive seasons," Cabrera
Pierre had a two-run single in the fourth to give Florida a 6-2
"You'd like to win games like this, the way the guys battled
back," McKeon said. "We didn't give up without a fight. We went
down to the last out."
Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the first on a double-play
grounder and Beckett's wild pitch.
"They did their jobs and hit the ball," said Beckett, who left
with a 6-5 lead.
Pierre had an RBI single in the bottom half and Gonzalez tied it
with a homer in the second.
Beckett walked six and struck out seven in five innings.
... Cabrera became the sixth Marlins player to hit 30 or more home
runs in a season, joining Gary Sheffield, Mike Lowell, Derrek Lee,
Cliff Floyd and Preston Wilson. Sheffield holds the team's
single-season mark with 42 homers in 1996. ... Thursday's game
attracted 30,208 fans, giving the Marlins a final home-season total
of 1,723,105. ... The Phillies won their 14th game of the month,
their second best total since 17 in May...Rollins is within two
home runs of his single season best of 14 in 2001.