Marlins 11, Phillies 3
MIAMI (AP)—Twelve hits weren’t nearly enough to end the Philadelphia Phillies’ misery in Miami.
Philadelphia has lost 11 consecutive games in Miami, including four this year.
“We’re way too good of a team to lose that many games to one other team,” said Kevin Millwood (8-6), who endured his first defeat since June 12.
Florida improved to 8-1 against the Phillies this season and has won 20 of the past 23 games in the rivalry dating back to last year.
“I wish every team we played would wear their uniform,” Burnett said.
For the Phillies, the latest loss was especially frustrating because they stranded 14 runners, including at least one in every inning.
Florida scored only seven runs while being swept in three games at last-place Montreal last weekend. They shook the slump with hits by eight of the first 12 batters against Millwood.
The Phillies fell 1 1/2 games behind NL East leader Atlanta. The Marlins remained 4 1/2 games back.
“Mentally you’re going to be sharper when you’re playing a team that’s right in front of you in the division,” Conine said. “The Phillies have always been that challenge for us, and we’ve been able to come through against them so far.”
Jimmy Rollins’ fourth homer of the year wasn’t nearly enough against the Marlins.
“At some point during last year I guess they decided they weren’t going to lose to us,” Rollins said.
Burnett (2-5) allowed eight hits and three walks but departed with a 6-2 lead after five innings. He threw 105 pitches and stranded nine runners.
“It shows you how baseball works,” Burnett said. “You can throw dynamite and not win. Then you can be on your B game and get a win.”
Nate Bump, Florida’s fourth pitcher, threw three scoreless innings for the first save of his career.
The Marlins were coming off a 3-7 trip that dropped them a season-low two games below .500.
“It’s nice to win after the sad trip we had,” manager Jack McKeon said.
Florida loaded the bases in the opening inning on singles by the first three batters—Juan Pierre, Castillo and Mike Lowell. Conine, who was batting .190 with runners in scoring position, brought them all home with a double.
The Marlins added three more for a 6-2 lead in the second. Pierre singled home a run and scored on Castillo’s double. Left fielder Pat Burrell then lost Lowell’s routine fly, and the ball fell behind him for an RBI double.
Millwood settled down after that, retiring 14 of the last 15 batters he faced. He gave up eight hits and six runs in six innings.
The Phillies, starting a season-high 13-game trip, scored in the first when Bobby Abreu singled, stole second and scored on Jim Thome’s single. Consecutive walks loaded the bases, but shortstop Alex Gonzalez ranged into left field for a running back-to-the-plate catch of David Bell’s popup to end the inning.
With his homer, Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 10 games. … Gonzalez went hitless in four at-bats and is in a 5-for-43 slump. … The Marlins improved to 9-13 at home since May 31. … Conine has 13 RBIs in his past 12 games. … Bell went 0-for-5 and is in a 2-for-20 slump.