Before winning Wednesday’s series opener 2-1, the Phillies had lost nine straight and 17 of their last 18 against their NL East rivals. They were 0-6 against Florida in 2004.
“It’s been a while since we beat them,” Phillies starter Kevin Millwood said. “It’s good to do it in the first game of a series.”
The Phillies were just 6-13 against the Marlins in 2003 and finished five games behind the eventual World Series champions in the NL wild card race. They are determined not to repeat that fate this season.
Millwood pitched seven strong innings Wednesday, and Ricky Ledee hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh to help Philadelphia regain sole possession of first place in the NL East.
As the Phillies try to increase their lead, they’ll turn to Randy Wolf.
The 27-year-old left-hander, who was an All-Star last season, has struggled with injuries and inconsistency this season. He hopes to have finally found his 2003 form.
Wolf allowed one run and six hits over 5 1-3 innings Saturday in an 8-2 win over the Mets.
“I’m disappointed that I didn’t go deep into the game, because you don’t want your bullpen used in the sixth,” Wolf said. “The bottom line is that we won today.”
The Marlins had swept a two-game series against the Mets before falling Wednesday, but manager Jack McKeon was not disappointed with his team’s effort.
“It was a great game. We just didn’t score enough runs,” McKeon said.