Philadelphia (4-3) at Miami (3-4)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Miami Gardens, FL
Temp: 74° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Apr 12, 2005
  • TV: CN8, FSFL
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Florida might no longer be a dreaded stop for the Philadelphia Phillies as long as Pat Burrell keeps swinging a hot bat.

After taking the opener of this three-game series, the Phillies will look for more success against the Marlins at Dolphins Stadium.

The Phillies had lost 14 straight at Florida before sweeping the Marlins from Sept. 21-23 last season. Philadelphia extended that win streak in Miami to four with Monday’s 4-1 victory.

Burrell, who was named NL Player of the Week on Monday, hit a two-run homer as the Phillies won their third in a row overall.

Burrell’s fourth homer gave him 17 RBIs, most in the major leagues and five shy of the team record for April, set by Von Hayes in 1989. Burrell is batting .448 with a slugging percentage of .966. The left fielder has a homer in his past three games, and his streak of at least one RBI in seven consecutive games is a career best.

“Twenty-five more weeks like that, and we’ll be in really good shape,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Burrell has six homers and 31 RBIs in 41 career games in Florida.

“He’s hotter than a firecracker,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said of Burrell. “You’ve got to pitch accordingly. Guys that are hot, you’ve got to use your head and keep the ball away from them.”

A.J. Burnett, who starts for Florida on Tuesday, has limited Burrell to a career .238 (5-for-21) average with one homer and three RBIs.

Burnett lost his season debut on Thursday, a 4-2 decision at home, giving up two runs and seven hits over six innings. The right-hander was 6-0 with a 2.80 ERA at home last season.

The Marlins, who had outscored opponents 26-0 in their three victories, could manage only one unearned run on Monday.

Juan Encarnacion, who hit his second grand slam of the season on Sunday, was 0-for-3.

Second baseman Luis Castillo was also 0-for-3 and is hitless in his last 20 at-bats. Castillo’s average fell to .095.

“We need somebody who can hit the ball,” McKeon said. We’ve got to get some offense somewhere.”

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