PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Stellar pitching, clutch hitting and a big
crowd made it feel like old times for Phillies manager Larry Bowa.
The Phillies closed within a half-game of the NL wild
card-leading Marlins, who had won eight straight against
Philadelphia. The teams play twice more at Veterans Stadium and
have a three-game series in Florida next week.
"It brought back a lot of memories," said Bowa, the Phillies'
third-year manager who played for the franchise's only World Series
championship team in 1980. "Hopefully we can ride this. That's a
The Phillies are seeking their first playoff berth in 10 years.
Florida hasn't reached the postseason since winning the World
Series in 1997.
Padilla (14-10) allowed five hits and retired 15 of the last 17
he faced. He struck out six and had no walks. Carlos Silva pitched
the ninth to complete the six-hitter.
"Their starter did an outstanding job," Marlins manager Jack
McKeon said. "That's what you have to do in big games. It all
comes down to who gets the best pitching."
Lieberthal's two-run single sparked a four-run first, and Jim
Thome hit his 41st homer -- a two-run shot to right-center in the
sixth that earned him a curtain call from the crowd of 36,479.
Jimmy Rollins had three hits and two RBI, and Marlon Byrd had
three hits and scored three times.
Lieberthal's third career grand slam highlighted a seven-run
"We have to take two out of three, if not three out of three,"
Lieberthal said. "There were some jitters out there early. It was
like a playoff game."
Carl Pavano (11-12) gave up six runs and nine hits in 5 1-3
innings, losing for just the second time since July 9. The
right-hander was 5-1 in his previous 10 starts.
The Marlins got just two runners to third base. Jeff Conine hit
a two-out double in the second inning and Miguel Cabrera followed
with a single, but Padilla retired Alex Gonzalez on a grounder to
short to end the threat.
Florida also loaded the bases in the ninth with one out, but
Silva got Cabrera to ground into a game-ending double play.
"My control just wasn't there," Pavano said. "I set the wrong
Byrd led off Philadelphia's first inning with a single and went
to third on a hit-and-run single by Rollins. After Rollins stole
second, Bobby Abreu grounded out to third. Thome was intentionally
walked, but Lieberthal blooped a single to center, scoring Byrd and
Rollins for a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Rollins hit a two-out RBI triple that could've
been caught by right fielder Juan Encarnacion, who hesitated in
front of the wall and allowed the long fly ball to land just on the
Thome crushed a two-run shot off Michael Tejera in the sixth for
a 7-0 lead.
"We had a lot of energy from those fans waving those white
towels," Thome said. "Hopefully we can do it again."
Lieberthal's slam was his first since he hit one against
Montreal on May 19, 1999. His six RBI tied a career best, also
first set in that same game. ... Padilla lowered his ERA to 3.55,
lowest among Philadelphia's starters. ... The Marlins have played a
season-high eight straight without making an error. ... Lieberthal
is hitting .391 (9-for-21) off Pavano, and Rollins is hitting .440
(11-for-25) against him. ... Thome was in a 6-for-38 skid (.158)
before the homer, but he has 10 RBI in his last five games. ...
The Phillies have 13 shutouts. Florida has been blanked seven