PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jon Lieber got the elusive win he
Todd Pratt added a solo homer and an RBI single for the
Phillies, who have scored 30 runs in the first three games of this
series and have won four of six.
Lieber (9-8) allowed four runs and nine hits with no walks and
three strikeouts in six innings. He was 0-4 in six starts since
beating Texas on June 7.
"I'm staring to get closer to turning the corner," said
Lieber, who started the season 4-0 for the first time in his
career. "My slider was better than it had been in the last couple
Added Pratt, his catcher: "He's getting sharper. There's still
some things that he needs to work on, but the mistakes are getting
smaller. He'll be fine."
Juan Encarnacion hit a three-run homer for Florida, which has
lost five of six. The Marlins committed two errors that led to a
pair of big innings and six unearned runs for the Phillies.
"You can't give extra at-bats, it really hurt us," Marlins
manager Jack McKeon said.
Florida trailed only 6-5 in the seventh before Carlos Delgado's
ninth error of the season helped the Phillies score three times on
Jimmy Rollins' RBI fielder's choice and a two-run single by Tomas
"That was big," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We had
plenty of chances to blow the game open earlier. They committed an
error and we were able to get some runs. That's encouraging."
Philadelphia jumped on rookie starter Scott Olsen (1-1) for
three runs in the first inning, which was extended because of an
error by Alex Gonzalez. Utley connected for his 12th home run, a
three-run shot into right field.
"Nothing was there for me," Olsen said. "I didn't have the
location or the velocity."
Pratt increased the lead to 4-0 in the second with his fifth
homer, a shot that landed in the first row of the upper deck in
Olsen's night was finished four batters later. He lasted just 1
2-3 innings, giving up five hits and six runs -- three earned -- with
one walk and one strikeout.
"The kid didn't have it," McKeon said. "He wasn't throwing
the ball. I don't know what was wrong."
The Phillies improved to 18-11 against left-handed starters,
including 9-4 at home. On Sunday, the team will face Florida ace
Dontrelle Willis (13-4).
Pat Burrell capped the second inning with a two-run single off
reliever Nate Bump. Burrell has nine RBI in his last three games,
increasing his team-high total to 72.
Delgado hit an RBI single in the third inning before
Encarnacion's 12th homer got the Marlins within 6-4 in the sixth.
The game was delayed 39 minutes at the start because of
rain. ... Bump collected his first major league hit with a
third-inning infield single. ... Burrell has a NL-best 25 RBI
against left-handers. He had just 17 RBI against lefties last
season. ... The Marlins have homered in a season-high seven
straight games. ... Lieber threw 80 pitches, 60 for strikes. ...
Miguel Cabrera had two hits, his 33rd multihit game of the season.<