Miami (45-43) at Philadelphia (47-37)

Cloudy Currently: Philadelphia, PA
Temp: 76° F
  • Game info: 1:35 pm EDT Sun Jul 6, 2003
  • TV: FSFL, WPSG
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Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon has been impressed with Mark Redman nearly every time the left-hander has taken the mound.

Redman will look to deliver another stellar performance as the Marlins try to complete a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans Stadium.

Redman has allowed no more than two earned runs in four of his last five starts and is coming off his second complete game of the season. On Monday, he limited the Atlanta Braves to five hits in an 8-1 win. He struck out two and walked one, and at one point retired 18 of 19 batters.

“He changed speeds well,” McKeon said. “He’s a professional. He does a yeoman’s job every time out.”

Redman said he simply located his pitches well against the Braves.

“I threw a lot of fastballs inside and they were jamming themselves,” Redman said. “I was going to make them hit the ball. I tried to stay around the plate, keep the ball down and make them hit good pitches.”

Redman will look for a similar effort against the Phillies, as Florida tries to complete its fourth series sweep of the season.

On Saturday, Brad Penny pitched seven strong innings and Ivan Rodriguez homered as the Marlins won for the fourth time in five games.

Florida is 26-14 since May 23, the best record in the NL East during that span.

The Phillies, who had won 11 of 13 before dropping two straight to the Marlins, will be looking to avoid being swept for the second time this season. Philadelphia dropped three straight to the Seattle Mariners from June 3-5.

STANDINGS: Marlins - 4th place, 10 1/2 GB, NL East. Phillies - 2nd place, 6 1/2 GB, NL East.

MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Redman (6-3, 2.78 ERA). Redman has made only one previous start against the Phillies. On April 3, he gave up two runs—one earned—and seven hits through 6 2-3 innings of an 8-3 win.

PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Randy Wolf (9-3, 3.23 ERA). The Phillies are undefeated in Wolf’s last six starts, but he has earned a win in just four of those games. On Tuesday, he worked six innings, allowing three runs and seven hits, but did not get a decision in the Phillies’ 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs. The 26-year-old left-hander is 2-7 with a 5.16 ERA in 10 career games against the Marlins.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Marlins - Luis Castillo, .320 avg.; Mike Lowell, 26 HRs, 73 RBIs and 60 runs; Juan Pierre, 39 SBs. Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .331 avg.; Jim Thome, 21 HRs, 60 RBIs and 56 runs; Placido Polanco, Bobby Abreu and Jimmy Rollins, 9 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Marlins, 5-4.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Marlins - 2B Castillo is batting .414 (12-for-29) in his career against LHP Wolf. … CF Pierre’s 39 steals are more than the totals of 12 major league teams. … The Marlins have won five of their last six road series. Phillies - 3B David Bell has reached base in 12 straight games. … 1B Thome is batting .250 (6-for-24) with seven strikeouts in his career against LHP Redman. … SS Rollins is 0-for-11 in his last three games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Marlins - 20-24 on the road; Phillies - 26-19 at home.

INJURIES: Marlins - RHP Kevin Olsen (concussion), 15-day DL; RHP Tim Spooneybarger (arm), 15-day DL; RHP Toby Borland (appendicitis), 60-day DL; RHP A.J. Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL. Phillies - INF Tyler Houston (finger), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL.

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M. Redman Col vs. R. Wolf Tor
14-9 Record 16-10
3.59 ERA 4.23
151 K 177
61 BB 78
1.22 WHIP 1.27