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Redmond delivers knockout blow vs. Phillies

9/10/2002

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mike Redmond wasn't supposed to play in the
opener of Florida's doubleheader against Philadelphia on Tuesday
night, then provided the much of the Marlins' offense.

Redmond, who entered during a double switch in the sixth inning,
hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning and had three
RBI in Florida's 6-4 win.

"It was one of those things where I was kind of relaxing,
waiting for the second game,'' Redmond said. "But you always have
to be ready, and when they told me I was going to double switch, I
went and had a catch to get ready.''

He connected off Randy Wolf (11-8) for his second homer of the
season. It followed a leadoff single by Mike Mordecai, who had
three hits.

"I'm not a big home-run hitter so it surprised me as much as it
surprised everyone else,'' Redmond said.

"Actually I foresaw what was going to happen,'' Marlins manager
Jeff Torborg jokingly said when asked about the double switch, made
to allow reliever Vladimir Nunez to pitch two innings.

Derrek Lee had a bases-loaded triple in the first inning for the
Marlins, who sent the Phillies to their eighth loss in nine games.

"I know that those things are going to happen,'' Wolf said of
the first inning. "You just have to try and minimize them.''

Graeme Lloyd (4-4) pitched a hitless sixth in relief of Julian
Tavarez, who gave up three runs, seven hits and five walks in five
innings. Armando Almanza pitched the ninth for his second save in
four chances.

Wolf, who had been 6-0 in eight starts since a July 21 loss to
Atlanta, gave up five runs and seven hits in seven innings.

After falling behind, Philadelphia got a run from Tomas Perez's
second-inning RBI grounder, then tied it in the fifth when Bobby
Abreu hit an RBI double and scored on a single by Travis Lee, who
had three hits.

Abreu was thrown out at the plate in the third by second baseman
Luis Castillo, who took the throw from Kevin Millar after Pat
Burrell doubled.

Travis Lee homered in the seventh, pulling the Phillies to 5-4,
but Redmond hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Millar went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 15 games,
the longest active streak in the NL.

Game notes
Phillies 3B coach John Vukovich was ejected in the third
for arguing with plate umpire Marty Foster after Foster called
Abreu out at the plate. "It was hard to tell but Vuk doesn't
usually argue,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. ... Derrek Lee
has six RBIs in his last two games. ... After getting two hits,
Mordecai is 7-for-14 in his career against Wolf. ... Philadelphia's
Placido Polanco came into the game to play third in the eighth
after missing two games due to the flu.