Series: Game 1 of 3

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

Game 1: Friday, September 9
Game 2: Saturday, September 10
Game 3: Sunday, September 11

Marlins 5

(75-66, 34-35 away)

Phillies 12

(74-67, 41-31 home)

7:05 PM ET, September 9, 2005

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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FLA 022000010 5 15 2
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W: C. Lidle (10-10)

L: A. Burnett (12-10)

Marlins lose chance to gain ground in wild card

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Pat Burrell will enjoy his personal milestones some other time. He wants to celebrate another occasion first, and that's getting Philadelphia into the postseason.

NL wild-card standings
Team W L Pct. GB
Astros 75 65 .536 --
Marlins 75 66 .532 ½
Phillies 74 67 .525
Nationals 73 69 .514 3

Burrell and Ryan Howard each hit a two-run homer, and the Phillies snapped a five-game losing streak with a 12-5 win over the Florida Marlins on Friday night.

"We've been able to get it done and that's important," Burrell said. "That's important to the confidence of this team knowing we can always come back."

Burrell surpassed 100 RBI and Chase Utley tripled, doubled and singled for the Phillies, who moved within 1½ games of Houston in the NL wild-card race.

Florida remained a half-game back of the Astros. While the Phillies had been slumping, the Marlins took the final three games of a four-game set with Washington.

"I didn't feel too much pressure to have to get a win," winning pitcher Cory Lidle said. "It's big. Hopefully we can win tomorrow and get a little bit of momentum. If we can take a few series in a row and Houston slows down a little bit, everything's going to be right back to where it was before."

Florida has played the role of Philadelphia's top nemesis the past few years, knocking the Phillies out of the playoff chase in 2003 with a three-game sweep in late September. The Marlins went on to win the World Series that year.

Maybe now it's the Phillies' turn for some retribution.

It sure didn't look that way early, when Lidle (10-10) was hurt by a couple of botched balls behind him that gave the Marlins a 4-1 lead. But Philadelphia's hitters responded in the third against slumping A.J. Burnett (12-10).

Jimmy Rollins led off with a walk and scored on Kenny Lofton's double. Bobby Abreu walked and Burrell ripped a two-run double down the third-base line, tying the score at 4 and chasing Burnett.

That gave Burrell 100 RBI for the first time since he drove in 116 runs in 2002. It's been a nice comeback season for the left fielder, who was bothered by injury and drove in a combined 148 runs the last two years.

Reliever Brian Moehler didn't fare any better, giving up Howard's 16th homer deep into the Phillies' bullpen for a 6-4 lead.

"When we're down the stretch like we are now, good teams hit the ball," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Burnett lost his fourth straight start, giving up five runs and four hits in 2 1-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He's allowed at least five runs in each of his last four starts and looks nothing like the pitcher who won seven consecutive starts from July 19 to Aug. 19.

"You've got a 4-1 lead, give it to guys like Jim Bunning, Bob Gibson or Dontrelle (Willis), you'll close them out," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said.

Lidle, meanwhile, hardly pitched his best game of the year, but it was enough to earn his second win since the All-Star break. He allowed four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in five innings in his first start since Aug. 24.

Lidle had been on the disabled list since he strained his left oblique muscle swinging at a pitch.

Three Phillies relievers allowed one run in four innings, helping them avoid the kind of late-game collapse that let the Astros come in and sweep a three-game series. Philadelphia led the wild-card race by a half-game before their slide began Saturday in Washington.

"We played pretty well against Houston," Burrell said. "They were tough games because they were so dramatic at the end."

The Phillies tacked on a run in the fifth on David Bell's RBI single and four more in the sixth, highlighted by Burrell's 29th homer to give him 102 RBI.

"They have guys who can hit bombs, so you have to keep guys off the bases and get solo home runs," McKeon said.

The Marlins appeared poised to carry the momentum from the Washington series into Philadelphia, taking advantage of right fielder Abreu's error in the second inning and Utley's error at second base in the third to build a 4-1 lead.

"That's when you've got to pick yourself up, man," Manuel said. That's exactly what his team did. Lidle, a groundball pitcher, coaxed three double plays to avoid further damage.

Game notes

Rollins extended his hitting streak to 15 games. ... The Marlins added some depth to their bullpen for their wild-card push, signing RHP Paul Quantrill. He pitched a scoreless seventh. To make room on the roster, the Marlins designated C Ryan Jorgensen for assignment. ... The Phillies' five-game losing streak was two losses short of their season high. ... The Marlins haven't won four straight since July 27-30.

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