Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 2-1

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

(76-67, 35-36 away)

Phillies 11

(75-68, 42-32 home)

    1:35 PM ET, September 11, 2005

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: J. Lieber (14-12)

    L: I. Valdez (2-2)

    Lieber goes seven strong, Burrell adds 4 RBI for win

    PHILADELHPIA (AP) -- Pat Burrell is hitting balls deep into the stands, Jon Lieber is pitching deep into games and the Philadelphia Phillies hope that adds up to playing deep into October.

    Burrell hit a three-run homer and had four RBI, Lieber pitched seven sharp innings and the Phillies kept their playoff push humming along with an 11-1 win over the Florida Marlins on Sunday.

    "That's what's exciting about it, it is late in the year," Burrell said. "This is what you get up for, a chance to play when every game counts. ... The strong survive, so we've just got to stay strong and keep going."

    Kenny Lofton added a two-run triple and drove in three runs, and Jimmy Rollins scored twice and had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 17 games for the Phillies, who moved 1½ games behind Houston in the NL wild-card race. Philadelphia won two of three in the series and moved within one game of the Marlins.

    The Phillies rebounded nicely from a three-game sweep by Houston. Burrell led an offense that battered the Marlins' starters and left the Phillies feeling good about themselves heading into a four-game series with NL East-leading Atlanta.

    "No doubt it was a big game today, especially after some tough games against Houston," Lieber said. "These guys really bounce back and we did a great job all the way around."

    Lieber (14-12) avoided the big innings that have cost him at times this season and pitched deep into the game as the Phillies hoped he would. He tossed four-hit ball over seven innings, struck out two, walked one and retired the last 12 batters he faced.

    Lieber even had a hit and scored a couple of runs.

    "He gave us exactly what we needed," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

    The Phillies scored six times in the third, getting seven hits and chasing Florida starter Ismael Valdez (2-2).

    With two runners on, Lofton tripled off the top of the scoreboard in right for a 2-1 lead and Chase Utley followed with a bloop RBI single to left.

    Bobby Abreu doubled to right, then Burrell connected for his 30th homer, a three-run shot deep into the left-field seats that made it 6-1.

    "We put a big inning up there and it kind of went on from there," Lieber said.

    Burrell reached 30 homers for the first time since 2002 and drove in four runs for the second time this series. He also walked with the bases loaded in the fourth.

    Lofton added an RBI single in the fifth, Rollins had an RBI single and Abreu walked with the bases loaded in the seventh.

    The Phillies had 14 hits and walked eight times.

    "It's great to win the series, but when you look back, we were in a position to win all three," Burrell said.

    Valdez gave up six runs in 2 1-3 innings, another poor start for the Marlins. A.J. Burnett allowed five runs and four hits in 2 1-3 innings in his shortest outing of the season on Friday and Jason Vargas lasted two innings, giving up three runs and five hits on Saturday.

    "You get the ball up in this park and you see the damage that can be done," Valdez said.

    The Marlins head to Houston for a crucial four-game series that ends an 11-game road trip. Florida is 4-3 on the trip.

    "We hope to beat up on the Astros," manager Jack McKeon said. "We don't care what (the Phillies) do."

    Manuel talked before the game about wanting to save his bullpen for the Braves. He got his wish as Lieber cruised, allowing only Carlos Delgado's RBI triple in the first inning while pitching at least seven innings for the fifth straight start.

    "It was nice just being able to help out," Lieber said.

    Philadelphia's bullpen could be needed: While the Braves will throw three pitchers with at least 11 wins at them, the Phillies will start rookies Eude Brito and Gavin Floyd in the first two games.

    "I've got confidence in those guys," Manuel said. "Both of them have real good stuff. They can win, believe me."

    The Phillies better hope so if they want to play postseason games in October.

    Game notes


    The color guard was Boy Scout Troop 334 from Roxborough, Pa. The troop collected more than 1,600 American flags after Sept. 11, 2001, that needed to be disposed in a dignified manner by burning them in a special retirement ceremony. Before the national anthem, there was a moment of silence and a video of Ray Charles singing "America the Beautiful." An American flag patch was on hats of both teams. ... Rollins' hitting streak is the longest for a Phillies player since Abreu hit in 17 straight games in 2002.

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