Marlins 6, Phillies 3

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Mark Redman knows how to go the distance.

The left-hander pitched his second straight complete game and Juan Encarnacion homered and drove in three runs as the Florida Marlins completed their first sweep in Philadelphia with a 6-3 win over the Phillies on Sunday.

Redman (7-3) allowed seven hits in his third complete game this season, striking out six and walking one. He threw a five-hitter to beat Atlanta 6-3 in his previous start June 30.

“I was trying to work ahead of the hitters, something I got into a little bit of trouble with earlier in the game,” Redman said. “I felt good and thought I could go the whole way.”

Juan Pierre went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Ivan Rodriguez drove in a pair for the Marlins, who swept the three-game series and have won five of six overall.

Despite 90-degree temperatures, Redman looked strong throughout and finished with a season-high 140 pitches, including 82 for strikes.

“It was a great performance by Mark and it looked like he had better stuff from the fifth inning on,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “It was so hot, we just checked on him periodically. As long as he was strong, he was going to stay in the game.”

McKeon got his 800th career victory, becoming the 63rd manager to reach the milestone.

“Maybe I’ll get a button from the AARP or be their Man of the Year,” McKeon joked as he was inscribing the game ball. “It’s nice to say that you’ve been a manager that long.”

Redman even left his mark on the ball.

“It’s got my blood and sweat on it,” Redman said. “My fingertip started bleeding late in the game. It’s just a broken blister that the fingertip begins to peel away. It’s something I deal with every game. It’s not another Josh Beckett (who missed parts of last season with blisters) or anything though.”

The Marlins are 27-14 since May 23, the best record in the NL East.

“We’re on a roll,” McKeon said. “The guys are playing with confidence. They know they can win now.”

Jim Thome and David Bell homered for the Phillies, who have lost four of five.

Pierre and Luis Castillo had four hits and four runs combined to spark the Florida offense.

“Castillo and Pierre are the two most important guys in that lineup,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “They get on and you can’t pitch around the big guys.”

Phillies starter Randy Wolf agreed.

“They’re the best (1-2 tandem) in the league in my opinion,” he said. “They really set the table for the big guys.”

Florida took a 3-0 lead in the first against Wolf (9-4) capped by Encarnacion’s two-run homer and prolonged by second baseman’s Placido Polanco’s fielding error.

Pierre led off the game with a double and Luis Castillo put down a sacrifice bunt, but Polanco dropped the throw at first base. Rodriguez followed with a sacrifice fly. One out later, Encarnacion homered to the left-center bleachers for his 12th of the season.

“Starting the game 3-0 was important because we’re not a great team that comes from behind,” McKeon said.

Thome’s two-run shot to right field—his 22nd of the year— cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the first.

Florida extended its lead to 6-2 in the third with consecutive RBI doubles by Castillo and Rodriguez and a sacrifice fly by Encarnacion.

Bell’s fourth homer of the season was a solo shot in the fourth.

Wolf allowed six runs—four earned—on five hits and had his personal four-game winning streak snapped.

“I’m pretty upset with the way the game went,” Wolf said. “Three runs should be enough to win a game. I just made bad pitches.”

Redman escaped his toughest jam in the sixth. With two runners in scoring position and one out, he got Pat Burrell on an infield popup and Bell on a flyball, ending the threat.

Philadelphia’s recent woes came on the heels of a season-high seven-game winning streak.

“We’ve been spoiled the last six weeks with our pitching,” Bowa said. “The last two games the starters went five innings and put us in a hole. Asgood as they’ve been, the starters deserve a bump in the road.”

Notes

Florida has won a franchise-best five straight games over Philadelphia. … Pierre stole his major league-leading 40th base, his third straight season with 40 or more. … The Marlins are 13-5 in their last 18 road games. The team starts a three-game series in Chicago on Monday. … The Phillies held their annual Father/Children baseball game before the start. Kevin Millwood Jr., 2, showed potential with the bat, but ran toward third base after hitting the ball. … Wolf hadn’t lost since May 27. … Florida has five series sweeps this season. … McKeon is 30-21 since taking over the Marlins on May 11. His300th and 500th career wins also were against Philadelphia.

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