Phillies 7, Marlins 4
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—With only pride and second place at stake, the Philadelphia Phillies are playing their best.
“It’s unfortunate we’re out of it because we’re playing real good,” Burrell said.
The Phillies (84-75) moved two games ahead of the defending World Series champion Marlins for second place in the NL East as both teams finish out their disappointing seasons.
The Marlins dominated the series during the last two seasons, winning 14 of 15, before the Phillies snapped a 14-game losing streak at Pro Player Stadium with a three-game sweep in Miami last week.
The Phillies, picked by many to win the NL East in spring training, were hurt by inconsistency early in the season and a rash of injuries, especially to their pitching staff. Their 19-8 record this month is second only to Houston (20-7) in the majors.
“Obviously we’re not where we want to be, but (second place) is better than fourth or fifth,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “You try to set goals as high as you can, but if that’s not attainable, you drop them.”
Polanco followed with a tying RBI single off Mota’s glove. Polanco stole second, Bobby Abreu walked and both advanced on David Bell’s sacrifice bunt. Mota (9-8) struck out Jason Michaels, but Burrell lined a two-run single to center to give the Phillies a 6-4 lead. Mike Lieberthal added an RBI single to make it 7-4.
“A tough loss most definitely,” Willis said. “They battled back.”
Phillies starter Gavin Floyd allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Michaels’ two-out infield single scored Polanco to cut it to 4-1 in the sixth. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez double-clutched after fielding the grounder, allowing Michaels to beat the throw.
“You bring in your best reliever and it didn’t work out,” Marlins manager
The Marlins are 11-5 against the Phillies this season. … Willis helped himself with a pair of outstanding defensive plays. … Cabrera has 109 RBIs, six behind Moises Alou for third-best on the club’s single-season list. … Rollins is tied with Pierre and Pittsburgh’s Jack Wilson for the NL lead in triples with 12. … The Phillies had six-run innings in the last two games. … Lieberthal stole his first base since July 9, 2000, against Baltimore. Burrell stole his second base of the season the same inning.