Miami (14-8) at Philadelphia (10-14)

Cloudy Currently: Philadelphia, PA
Temp: 80° F
  • Game info: 1:35 pm EDT Sun May 1, 2005
  • TV: WPXM, WPSG
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Josh Beckett has done his part to make the Florida Marlins’ pitching staff the best in baseball.

He’ll look to turn in another strong outing as the Marlins wrap up a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Beckett earned his fourth win of the season Tuesday, allowing two earned runs and eight hits in six innings of a 9-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies. He is tied for second in the majors in wins behind teammate Dontrelle Willis, who became the majors’ first five-game winner with Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the Phillies.

Florida starter A.J. Burnett has won three games and owns a 2.43 ERA, and the Marlins entered Saturday with a 2.34 team ERA, the best in the majors.

Beckett has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his five starts this season, including an 8-0 shutout of Washington on April 10. He trailed 3-0 after two innings Tuesday, but settled down thereafter.

“I was very pleased with the way he stayed within himself and didn’t get flustered,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “He battled himself out of a couple of other jams. After that it was clear sailing with him.”

Alex Gonzalez singled in both of Florida’s runs Saturday, as the Marlins won their third straight. The game was delayed 61 minutes at the start, another 45 minutes during the bottom of the fifth inning and was stopped after a delay of 2 hours, 12 minutes following the top of the sixth.

Mike Lieberthal drove in the only run for Philadelphia, which has lost eight of 11. Slugger Jim Thome left the game after four innings because of lower back spasms.

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J. Beckett LAD vs. C. Lidle NYY
15-8 Record 13-11
3.38 ERA 4.53
166 K 121
58 BB 40
1.18 WHIP 1.35