Series: Game 1 of 3

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 9/16)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 16
Game 2: Wednesday, September 17
Game 3: Thursday, September 18

Marlins 0

(83-67, 35-40 away)

Phillies 14

(83-68, 46-27 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 16, 2003

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: V. Padilla (14-10)

    L: C. Pavano (11-12)

    Lieberthal has six RBI in rout

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Stellar pitching, clutch hitting and a big crowd made it feel like old times for Phillies manager Larry Bowa.

    Mike Lieberthal hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, and Vicente Padilla pitched eight shutout innings as Philadelphia routed the Florida Marlins 14-0 on Tuesday night.

    The Phillies closed within a half-game of the NL wild card-leading Marlins, who had won eight straight against Philadelphia. The teams play twice more at Veterans Stadium and have a three-game series in Florida next week.

    "It brought back a lot of memories," said Bowa, the Phillies' third-year manager who played for the franchise's only World Series championship team in 1980. "Hopefully we can ride this. That's a good team."

    The Phillies are seeking their first playoff berth in 10 years. Florida hasn't reached the postseason since winning the World Series in 1997.

    Padilla (14-10) allowed five hits and retired 15 of the last 17 he faced. He struck out six and had no walks. Carlos Silva pitched the ninth to complete the six-hitter.

    "Their starter did an outstanding job," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "That's what you have to do in big games. It all comes down to who gets the best pitching."

    Lieberthal's two-run single sparked a four-run first, and Jim Thome hit his 41st homer -- a two-run shot to right-center in the sixth that earned him a curtain call from the crowd of 36,479. Jimmy Rollins had three hits and two RBI, and Marlon Byrd had three hits and scored three times.

    Lieberthal's third career grand slam highlighted a seven-run eighth.

    "We have to take two out of three, if not three out of three," Lieberthal said. "There were some jitters out there early. It was like a playoff game."

    Carl Pavano (11-12) gave up six runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings, losing for just the second time since July 9. The right-hander was 5-1 in his previous 10 starts.

    The Marlins got just two runners to third base. Jeff Conine hit a two-out double in the second inning and Miguel Cabrera followed with a single, but Padilla retired Alex Gonzalez on a grounder to short to end the threat.

    Florida also loaded the bases in the ninth with one out, but Silva got Cabrera to ground into a game-ending double play.

    "My control just wasn't there," Pavano said. "I set the wrong tone."

    Byrd led off Philadelphia's first inning with a single and went to third on a hit-and-run single by Rollins. After Rollins stole second, Bobby Abreu grounded out to third. Thome was intentionally walked, but Lieberthal blooped a single to center, scoring Byrd and Rollins for a 2-0 lead.

    Chase Utley doubled to right, scoring Thome to make it 3-0, and Pat Burrell's RBI groundout drove in Lieberthal for a 4-0 lead.

    In the fourth, Rollins hit a two-out RBI triple that could've been caught by right fielder Juan Encarnacion, who hesitated in front of the wall and allowed the long fly ball to land just on the warning track.

    Thome crushed a two-run shot off Michael Tejera in the sixth for a 7-0 lead.

    "We had a lot of energy from those fans waving those white towels," Thome said. "Hopefully we can do it again."

    Game notes

    Lieberthal's slam was his first since he hit one against Montreal on May 19, 1999. His six RBI tied a career best, also first set in that same game. ... Padilla lowered his ERA to 3.55, lowest among Philadelphia's starters. ... The Marlins have played a season-high eight straight without making an error. ... Lieberthal is hitting .391 (9-for-21) off Pavano, and Rollins is hitting .440 (11-for-25) against him. ... Thome was in a 6-for-38 skid (.158) before the homer, but he has 10 RBI in his last five games. ... The Phillies have 13 shutouts. Florida has been blanked seven times.

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