The Phillies have won three straight to move from fifth to third place in the NL East, ahead of the last-place Marlins and New York Mets.
It was a big win for the Phillies, who are trying to get back in the division race. Not only are they trying to catch first-place Washington, but they are attempting to knock Florida out of serious contention before the July 31 trade deadline.
“Every game we play from here is big,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
This was the first of a 10-game road trip for the Marlins that includes stops in Arizona and San Francisco. The Phillies, who trail the Nationals by 6 1/2 games, opened a 10-game homestand. Los Angeles and San Diego come in next week.
“You’ve got to make your run right now,” Lieberthal said. “You either fall back or you stay in it. You try and improve your team and make a run for it.”
Manuel shuffled his lineup Thursday, moving All-Star Bobby Abreu into the cleanup spot, Chase Utley hit third and Burrell was dropped to fifth. Abreu hit a record 41 home runs to win the Home Run Derby during the All-Star festivities in Detroit on Monday.
He’s got 18 home runs this season. Utley is batting .302 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in 258 at-bats.
Miguel Cabrera and Paul Lo Duca homered Thursday for the Marlins, who have lost four straight and six of their last eight. Cabrera leads Florida with a .334 batting average and is tied with Carlos Delgado for the team lead with 18 homers.
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