Rowand triple lifts Lieber, Phillies past Marlins

MIAMI (AP) -- Jon Lieber left town with his first victory of the
season, while the Florida Marlins departed following their first
winless homestand since 1999.

Aaron Rowand hit a bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning to
cap the Philadelphia Phillies' latest comeback, and Lieber earned
the victory when the Phillies beat Florida 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Lieber (1-4), had been off to the worst start of his career
after winning 17 games last season.

"The bottom line is we won as a club -- that's all I care
about," he said. "If we win a hundred games and I'm 0-18, I don't

The last-place Marlins completed an 0-5 homestand, their first
winless homestand since Aug. 20-26, 1999, when they also went 0-5.
They fell to 2-9 in Miami, and they've lost eight of their last
nine overall.

"It's always one or two innings that seem to get us," said
manager Joe Girardi, whose team is the youngest in the major
leagues. "You have to learn to bend a little but not break, and we
haven't figured out how to do that yet."

The Phillies, who have won three in a row to match their season
high, also came from behind in the seventh Monday to beat Florida.

"It builds confidence," Rowand said, "because when you do it,
the next time you're put in that situation, you know you can."

Lieber gave up nine hits and five runs, four earned, which
lowered his ERA to 6.87. He left for a pinch hitter in the seventh
with the Phils trailing 5-3.

One batter later, Jimmy Rollins hit his third homer with two
outs against Ricky Nolasco (1-1). Chase Utley reached on an infield
single, and Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell walked to load the bases.

Matt Herges relieved, and Rowand hit a drive over center fielder
Reggie Abercrombie's head for a triple -- the first by a non-pitcher
for Philadelphia this season.

"I hit it as good as I can hit it," Rowand said. "If he
caught that ball, I was going to hang up my spikes."

The Phillies also scored four runs in the seventh Monday,
helping them overcome a 5-1 deficit to win 8-5. Florida has been
outscored 68-31 from sixth inning on this season.

"We let it slip away," said Dan Uggla, who went 3-for-5 and
scored twice. "Once again, another tough one."

Abercrombie put the Marlins ahead with a two-run triple in the
fifth. But Florida pitchers walked eight batters, and five scored.

Florida rookie Scott Olsen allowed only one baserunner in the
first three innings, then walked four in a row to start the fourth.
He departed after giving up a two-run single to Ryan Howard.

"I just completely lost the strike zone," Olsen said. "I
don't know how to explain it. I don't know what happened."

Florida regained the lead with four runs in the fifth. Hanley
Ramirez was hit by a pitch to lead off, Uggla singled and Miguel
Cabrera singled home a run. When Josh Willingham hit a grounder to
first baseman Howard, Uggla beat the errant throw home to make it
3-all, and runners advanced to second and third.

Lieber struck out the next two batters and was on the verge of
escaping, but Abercrombie hit a 2-2 pitch off the base of the
center-field wall.

"It was frustrating that the guys gave me a lead, and I expect
myself to hold on to that lead," Lieber said. "I'm just proud at
how they battled back."

Tom Gordon pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in as
many chances.

A bizarre throwing error by catcher Sal Fasano in the third
inning allowed Florida's first run to score. With Uggla at third
and Willingham at first with two outs, Willingham attempted a
steal. When Fasano faked a throw to second, the ball slipped out of
his hand and rolled down the third-base line, allowing Uggla to

Fasano also struck out twice and hit into a double play.

"There's no such thing as an ugly win," he said.

Game notes
The Marlins still don't have a pitcher with more than one
win. ... The Phillies completed a 3-2 trip against teams with the
NL's worst records, Pittsburgh and Florida. ... The Marlins are
only 5-5 when they lead after six innings.