Final in 10

Series: Game 3 of 3

Florida won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, September 27
Philadelphia 2Final
Florida 5
Game 2: Saturday, September 28
Philadelphia 9Final
Florida 3
Game 3: Sunday, September 29
Philadelphia 3Final
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Florida 4

Phillies 3

(80-81, 40-41 away)

Marlins 4

(79-83, 46-35 home)

    4:05 PM ET, September 29, 2002

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: B. Looper (2-5)

    L: H. Mercado (2-2)

    Marlins get help to avoid cellar in attendance race

    MIAMI (AP) -- Luis Castillo came from behind to earn his second National League stolen-base title Sunday, and the Florida Marlins mounted a mystifying rally to avoid finishing last in the major leagues in attendance.

    Luis Castillo
    Second Base
    Florida Marlins
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    Castillo stole three bases to win the title by one with 48 and scored the winning run on a pop foulout in the 10th inning, helping Florida beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3.

    There were perhaps 8,000 fans on in the stands, but the announced crowd of 28,599 -- second-largest of the season at Pro Player Stadium -- allowed the Marlins to overtake Montreal in season attendance.

    Marlins president David Samson said a longtime fan of the team who lives in South Florida bought more than 15,000 tickets that went unused. Samson said the fan wasn't affiliated with the organization but declined to identify him.

    ''It's a person who didn't want to see us last in attendance when we shouldn't have been,'' Samson said.

    Team officials contend the Expos include complimentary tickets in their attendance totals, while the Marlins do not.

    Florida's final home attendance total was 813,118, an average of 10,038 a game and the lowest in team history. Montreal, which finished its final game three hours earlier than the Marlins, drew 812,545.

    ''I'm not sure anyone will be rolling their eyes in Montreal,'' Samson said. ''They've known from the beginning how they've been doing their attendance.''

    There was no fudging the Marlins' record. They finished 79-83, the ninth losing season in their 10-year history. The only time they were above .500 was in 1997, when they won the World Series.

    The Phillies (80-81) blew a chance to post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1982-83. Instead they finished below .500 for the 14th time in 16 years.

    ''Going .500 is like the barrier of what people say is a successful season,'' catcher Mike Lieberthal said. ''But it's just like when you bat .299 instead of .300 -- it really doesn't make that much difference. It's one game.''

    Castillo went 3-for-4, twice robbed the Phillies of hits at second base and edged Juan Pierre of Colorado in stolen bases.

    ''I was aware of the race and I was trying to steal all the bases I could,'' Castillo said. ''I'm happy to end the season on a high note.''

    He singled to start the 10th, swiped second for his title-clinching steal, took third on a wild pitch by Hector Mercado (2-2) and came home on Juan Encarnacion's foulout. First baseman Travis Lee caught the ball with his back to the infield, slammed into the retaining wall and was late with the throw home.

    Lee declined to comment.

    ''I don't think Travis thought he was that far down the line,'' manager Larry Bowa said. ''The ball kept on carrying. He made a great play, but in hindsight you have to know where you are.''

    Braden Looper (2-5) pitched a perfect 10th. Florida overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 and finished 5-12 in extra innings.

    The Phillies were beaten because of an all-too-familiar failure with runners on base. They stranded 10, increasing their total for the season to 1,260, most in the major leagues.

    Florida's Tim Raines, playing his final game in a career that began in 1979, went 1-for-3 with a single to finish with 2,605 hits. The seven-time All-Star announced his retirement Saturday and was honored in a pregame ceremony.

    Bobby Abreu doubled in the third inning, increasing his NL-leading total to 50. He became only the third Philadelphia player to double 50 times, and the first since Chuck Klein in 1932.

    Teammate Doug Glanville went 3-for-4, giving him 1,001 career hits.

    Florida's Josh Beckett, who struggled through a disappointing rookie season plagued by blisters on his index finger, pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.

    The Marlins' Kevin Millar went 0-for-4, ending his streak of reaching base in 43 consecutive games.

    Game notes

    Philadelphia's Pat Burrell sat out the game with a strained left shoulder. He finished with 37 home runs and 116 RBI, both team highs. ... Florida's Mike Lowell, who was hit on the left arm by a pitch Saturday, pinch hit in the ninth inning and flied out. He finished with 92 RBI and a career-best 24 homers. ... Florida won the season series 10-9.

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