PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jim Thome is helping the Philadelphia
Phillies win games with his bat and glove.
Thome hit a two-run triple and made two solid plays in the
field, leading the Phillies to a 5-2 victory over the Florida
Marlins on Monday night.
Thome had a rare putout at second base to end the seventh
inning, and made a nice backhanded scoop to complete a double play,
ending the eighth.
"I've always had to work hard on my defense,'' Thome said.
"When you do it defensively, you feel good.''
The Phillies have won three straight and five of seven. Florida
lost its second in a row after winning four straight.
Vicente Padilla (2-1) gave up two runs, three hits and struck
out seven in 5 1-3 innings. He left with a contusion on his left
forearm after getting hit by a pitch from Marlins starter A.J.
Burnett in the fourth.
"I thought my arm was broken,'' Padilla said through an
Padilla is expected to make his next start on Saturday.
Philadelphia's bullpen finished with scoreless relief.
Carlos Silva allowed two hits in 1 2-3 innings, Dan Plesac got
one out in the eighth and Terry Adams got a double-play grounder on
the only pitch he threw. Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his second
save in three chances.
Burnett (0-1) allowed three runs and four hits in five innings
in his second start this season after coming off the disabled list.
He struck out seven and walked five.
"It was one of those days where you feel too good,'' Burnett
said. "It was hard for me to harness it.''
Burnett retired his first two batters in the third before
Placido Polanco walked and Bobby Abreu singled. Thome fell behind
0-2, then hit a 3-2 pitch off the center-field wall for his second
triple of the season.
"I thought they were going to walk me and then I thought they'd
give me nothing to hit,'' Houston said. "He was trying to throw me
fastballs away so I tried to hit it the other way.''
The Phillies were coming off a 13-1 victory Sunday over
Cincinnati in which they scored all of their runs in the fourth
inning, a team record. They scored 16 runs twice this season, only
to lose the next game both times, scoring two runs combined in the
Florida had runners on first and third with one out in the
eighth, but Adams came in and got Ivan Rodriguez to bounce into a
double play. Thome completed the play with his scoop on the relay
throw from second baseman Polanco.
"We had some bad luck,'' Rodriguez said. "I'm not a guy who
swings on the first pitch.''
Alex Gonzalez's two-out double off Silva in the seventh was
Florida's first hit since the first inning. But Gonzalez fell on
his way to third and was tagged out returning to second by Thome,
who ran over from first.
"You practice that in spring training, trailing a runner,''
Thome said. "I never had a play like that.''
Padilla issued his first walk this season after 16 1-3
innings when he walked Lowell in the fourth. ... Marlins LF Todd
Hollandsworth struck out in both his at-bats against Padilla. He's
0-for-11 lifetime against Padilla. ... Marlins INF Brian Banks is
2-for-10 this season. Both hits came off Silva. ... X-rays on
Padilla were negative.