Florida (10-4) at Philadelphia (5-8)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Thu Apr 22, 2004
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Mike Lowell looks for an encore performance as the Florida Marlins try to continue their mastery of the Philadelphia Phillies when the teams meet in the finale of a three-game series.

The Marlins have won eight straight and 17 of 19 against the Phillies, whom they edged for last season’s wild card. Lowell was the latest player to come up big for Florida against Philadelphia on Wednesday, hitting three home runs to help the Marlins to an 8-7, 12-inning victory.

Lowell is the first player in Marlins history to hit three homers in a game. His third homer was a ninth-inning, game-tying shot off Phillies closer Billy Wagner, who blew his first save with the Phillies.

“I didn’t get caught up in the at-bats because we were trying to come back,” said Lowell, who recorded the first three-homer game in the majors this season. “It was a career day. I did it in tee ball and once in college (at Florida International) my sophomore year.”

Thursday’s game concludes a nine-game, 10-day road trip for the Marlins, who have matched the best 14-game start in franchise history. The World Series champion Marlins of 1997 also opened 10-4.

“They find a way to win. That’s why they won the World Series,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

With Wednesday’s loss, the Phillies have squandered the momentum they had generated by winning four straight games coming into the series. Eleven of Philadelphia’s 13 games have been decided by two runs or less.

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