PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Florida Marlins have already matched
their win total in Philadelphia last season. Eric Owens hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the
eighth inning and Alex Gonzalez added a three-run homer in the
ninth as the Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 Saturday. "To come back and win was something this team desperately
needed," Owens said. "Last year, we just couldn't beat them. This
win was really big for us." The Marlins were 1-9 last season in Philadelphia and have won
just one series there in 10 tries since 1997. Florida, which squandered a 3-0 lead in the seventh, went back
ahead in the eighth. With one out, Derrek Lee hit an infield single
off reliever Jose Santiago (0-1). One out later, Mike Redmond
singled to put runners on first and third.Owens followed with a line drive single to right for his first
RBI of the season. Gonzalez hit his first homer of the year in the
ninth off Rheal Cormier. The Phillies, who managed just four hits in the first six
innings, tied the game at 3 with three runs in the seventh,
knocking out Marlins starter Josh Beckett. With one out, Marlon Anderson tripled to right and scored on
Todd Pratt's RBI single. Pratt went to second on a wild pitch and
scored on a double by Jimmy Rollins. Michael Tejera relieved and pinch-hitter Dave Hollins reached on
a throwing error by third baseman Mike Lowell, allowing Rollins to
score and Hollins to go to second. Hollins advanced to third on a wild pitch and Bobby Abreu
walked. Vladimir Nunez (1-0) then came in and walked Scott Rolen to
load the bases before Travis Lee flied out to end the inning. Beckett, the top pitcher in the minors last season, gave up
three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He
walked two and struck out six in the longest of his five career
starts."He is really special," Marlins manager Jeff Torborg said.
"It was cold and that can take a lot out of you but he kept
pitching great. In spring training, every time out he pitched
better and better." Phillies starter David Coggin allowed three runs -- two earned --
and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. Coggin didn't allow a hit until two outs in the fourth when
Kevin Millar reached on a broken-bat single. Lowell followed with a
homer to left, his first of the season, to make it 2-0.
"It was a slider that backed up over the plate," Coggin said.
"I was a little more nervous than I thought I would be. I have a
lot to improve on but next time will be better."
The Marlins scored another run in the fifth. Luis Castillo led
off with an infield single, moved to second on a wild pitch, third
on a groundout and scored on a passed ball.
The Marlins have homered in four of their first five games.
... Pratt made his first start of the season as regular starter
Mike Lieberthal sat for the first time after catching four games in
five days. Lieberthal missed much of last season with a knee
injury. ... The Marlins were swept in two of the three series in
Philadelphia last season.