MIAMI (AP) -- Eleven hits weren't nearly enough to end the
Philadelphia Phillies' misery in Miami.
Philadelphia has lost 11 consecutive games in Miami, including
four this year.
"We're way too good of a team to lose that many games to one
other team," said Kevin Millwood (8-6), who endured his first
defeat since June 12.
Florida improved to 8-1 against the Phillies this season and has
won 20 of the past 23 games in the rivalry dating back to last
"I wish every team we played would wear their uniform,"
For the Phillies, the latest loss was especially frustrating
because they stranded 14 runners, including at least one in every
Florida scored only seven runs while being swept in three games
at last-place Montreal last weekend. They shook the slump with hits
by eight of the first 12 batters against Millwood.
The Phillies fell 1½ games behind NL East leader Atlanta. The
Marlins remained 4½ games back.
"Mentally you're going to be sharper when you're playing a team
that's right in front of you in the division," Conine said. "The
Phillies have always been that challenge for us, and we've been
able to come through against them so far."
Jimmy Rollins' fourth homer of the year wasn't nearly enough
against the Marlins.
"At some point during last year I guess they decided they
weren't going to lose to us," Rollins said.
Burnett (2-5) allowed eight hits and three walks but departed
with a 6-2 lead after five innings. He threw 105 pitches and
stranded nine runners.
"It shows you how baseball works," Burnett said. "You can
throw dynamite and not win. Then you can be on your B game and get
Nate Bump, Florida's fourth pitcher, threw three scoreless
innings for the first save of his career.
The Marlins were coming off a 3-7 trip that dropped them a
season-low two games below .500.
"It's nice to win after the sad trip we had," manager Jack
Florida loaded the bases in the opening inning on singles by the
first three batters -- Juan Pierre, Castillo and Mike Lowell.
Conine, who was batting .190 with runners in scoring position,
brought them all home with a double.
The Marlins added three more for a 6-2 lead in the second.
Pierre singled home a run and scored on Castillo's double. Left
fielder Pat Burrell then lost Lowell's routine fly, and the ball
fell behind him for an RBI double.
Millwood settled down after that, retiring 14 of the last 15
batters he faced. He gave up eight hits and six runs in six
The Phillies, starting a season-high 13-game trip, scored in the
first when Bobby Abreu singled, stole second and scored on Jim
Thome's single. Consecutive walks loaded the bases, but shortstop
Alex Gonzalez ranged into left field for a running
back-to-the-plate catch of David Bell's popup to end the inning.
Philadelphia scored in the second on a single by Mike
Lieberthal, a wild pitch and two-out infield singles by Chase Utley
With his homer, Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 10
games. ... Gonzalez went hitless in four at-bats and is in a
5-for-43 slump. ... The Marlins improved to 9-13 at home since May
31. ... Conine has 13 RBI in his past 12 games. ... Bell went
0-for-5 and is in a 2-for-20 slump.