Polanco and Lee hit three-run homers and Brett Myers pitched six
solid innings as the Philadelphia Phillies stopped a six-game
losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Florida Marlins on
The homers came one night after Bowa criticized Lee for his lack
of production, lamented the team's inability to hit with runners on
base and blamed the overall struggles on an inconsistent offense.
''It was coincidence,'' Bowa said.
Lee, who went 2-for-4 with four RBI, is batting .265 with just
12 homers and 63 RBI.
''I don't think you can be satisfied hitting .240 or playing a
corner position with 10 or 11 home runs,'' Bowa said a night
earlier, clearly trying to send a message to his first baseman.
Lee didn't speak to reporters after the game.
The Phillies had lost nine of 10 after reaching a season-best
three games over .500. Florida had won three straight, including a
doubleheader sweep over the Phillies on Tuesday.
''Down 4-0 in the first takes the steam out of you,'' Marlins
manager Jeff Torborg said.
Myers (4-4) allowed one run and six hits, struck out four and
walked four. The rookie right-hander, the 12th overall pick in the
1999 amateur draft, gave up six earned runs in his previous start,
a 7-2 loss to the New York Mets.
A patriotic tribute was held before the game to mark the
anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A special logo was
displayed on the field behind home plate at Veterans Stadium, all
fans received an American flag and a T-shirt bearing the logo, and
a moment of silence was held at 9:11 p.m. followed by a video
Jimmy Rollins and Doug Glanville started the first inning with
back-to-back singles off Brad Penny. After Bobby Abreu struck out,
Pat Burrell lined a single to center that scored Rollins for a 1-0
Lee flied out to left for the second out, but Polanco hit a 3-1
pitch into the left-field seats to make it 4-0.
''It's the wind, the wind,'' Polanco said of his 397-foot drive.
An RBI double by Lee gave the Phillies a 5-0 lead in the third.
Lee made it 9-1 with his three-run shot off Nate Robertson in the
Penny (6-6) allowed six runs and six hits in four innings -- his
shortest outing since July 25.
Right-hander Josh Beckett pitched two hitless innings for the
Marlins after coming off the disabled list before the game. It was
the first career relief appearance for the 22-year-old Beckett, who
made three trips to the disabled list this season because of
blisters on his right middle finger.
''I felt good. I just wanted to get some outs,'' Beckett said,
adding that he pitched without a bandage.
Marlins LF Kevin Millar extended his hitting streak to 17
games with an infield single in the first inning. He had an 18-game
streak earlier in the season. ... Before Polanco's homer, 21 of
Philadelphia's previous 28 homers were solo shots. ... The Phillies
are 22-20 since trading All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen to St.
Louis, but have won just two of the last 11. ... Fans cheered
pinch-hitter Marlins OF Tim Raines when he batted for Robertson in
the sixth. ... Penny hasn't given up a run past the fifth inning
this season. He has pitched past the fifth in 10 of his 21 starts.
... Phillies right-hander Eric Junge, acquired in the offseason
deal that sent Omar Daal to Los Angeles, made his big-league debut
by pitching the ninth. ... Phillies 2B Marlon Anderson snapped an
0-for-22 slump with a triple in the fourth inning.