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Marlins 6, Phillies 4

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PHILADELPHIA -- The way the Florida Marlins are losing relievers, A.J. Burnett might have to finish all his starts.

Burnett pitched seven strong innings, Juan Encarnacion drove in three runs and the Florida Marlins held on for a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

With closer Guillermo Mota sidelined by an elbow injury, Todd Jones recorded the last five outs for his first save.

"It's a good hitting team. I knew I had a lead, but I couldn't take anything for granted," said Burnett, who had pitched two complete games before his previous outing. "I kept going after them."

Encarnacion tripled and homered, Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with three doubles and a homer and Damion Easley also connected for Florida, which has won eight of 10.

Chase Utley hit a solo shot and Jim Thome added a two-run double for the Phillies, who have lost five of seven.

"We had chances. We just couldn't get the big hits," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Burnett (3-1) allowed two runs and five hits, striking out eight. He left with a 6-2 lead, but the Phillies rallied in the eighth against Florida's bullpen.

Jason Michaels and Jimmy Rollins hit consecutive singles off Jim Mecir to start the inning. Matt Perisho entered and hit Tomas Perez to load the bases. After Bobby Abreu flied out to shallow center, Thome cut it to 6-4 with a double over Juan Pierre's head in center.

Jones came in and struck out Pat Burrell, intentionally walked Utley and retired David Bell on a shallow fly to center to leave the bases loaded. Jones then put runners on first and third in the ninth before striking out Abreu to end it.

The extent of Mota's injury won't be known until he's examined in Miami on Saturday. The Marlins are also without Antonio Alfonseca, who went on the disabled list last week.

"I hadn't been out there in a situation like that in so long," said Jones, who struggled in a brief stint with the Phillies last year. "I felt the adrenaline rush, but I had to take my time, slow down and make quality pitches."

Randy Wolf (1-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings. He fell to 2-12 with a 5.93 ERA against the Marlins.

Easley, filling in for the injured Luis Castillo, snapped an 0-for-13 slump with a homer in the first, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. After Cabrera doubled, Encarnacion sliced an opposite-field shot into the right-field seats to make it 3-0.

Cabrera's drive into the second deck in left field put the Marlins ahead 4-0 in the third. Encarnacion had an RBI triple off Geoff Geary in the seventh.

Florida has dominated the Phillies in recent years, winning 27 of the last 37 meetings. In 2003, the Marlins beat out Philadelphia in the final week to win the NL wild-card race and went on to win their second World Series.

Wolf, coming off an injury-plagued year in which he was just 5-8 after an All-Star season in 2003, has allowed 10 runs over nine innings in his last two starts.

"I'm not getting the job done in the first inning," Wolf said. "I'm letting my teammates down. I'm just embarrassing myself out there. I'm making too many mistakes. I'm better than that."

Notes

Phillies CF Kenny Lofton left the game with acute tendinitis in his right hamstring. Lofton doesn't think the injury is serious. ... Burnett has allowed two runs in each of his five starts. ... At 10-13, Philadelphia is assured of a losing April for the fourth consecutive season. ... Thome, who has just one homer this season, struck out his first three at-bats, earning louder boos after each one.

 
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Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
Florida

A. Burnett
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 1
K 8
 

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Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF5010003 .307
Damion Easley, 2B5221011 .200
Carlos Delgado, 1B5000011 .304
Miguel Cabrera, LF5241001 .358
Juan Encarnacion, RF3123111 .288
Paul Lo Duca, C5010014 .333
Mike Lowell, 3B4110001 .190
Alex Gonzalez, SS4021020 .250
A.J. Burnett, P2000011 .154
   a- Jeff Conine, PH1010000 .263
    Jim Mecir, P0000000 .000
    Matt Perisho, P0000000 .000
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .000
Totals3961461713 
a-singled for Burnett in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera 3 (7, Wolf, Wolf, Worrell), Mike Lowell (5, Adams)
3B - Juan Encarnacion (1, Geary)
HR - Damion Easley (1, Wolf), Miguel Cabrera (4, Wolf), Juan Encarnacion (4, Wolf)
SH - A.J. Burnett (2)
RBI - Damion Easley (2), Miguel Cabrera (18), Juan Encarnacion 3 (23), Alex Gonzalez (9)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Encarnacion 3 (16)
SB - Damion Easley (1, 2nd base off Geary/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Juan Encarnacion 1
DP - A. Gonzalez-Delgado, Easley-A. Gonzalez-Delgado
E - Alex Gonzalez (2, misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
A.J. Burnett (W,3-1) 7522181 2.43
Jim Mecir0222000 3.68
Matt Perisho (H,2) 0.1100000 1.69
Todd Jones (S,1) 1.2200220 1.69
IBB - Utley by Todd Jones
HBP - T. Perez (by Matt Perisho)
WP - A.J. Burnett (3)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 105-67, Jim Mecir 10-5, Matt Perisho 9-5, Todd Jones 32-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 8-4
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 26, Jim Mecir 2, Matt Perisho 3, Todd Jones 8
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5120011 .265
Kenny Lofton, CF2010001 .373
    Terry Adams, P0000000 .000
   a- Jose Offerman, PH1000000 .167
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
   b- Tomas Perez, PH0000000 .250
    Tim Worrell, P0000000 .000
   c- Placido Polanco, PH0000100 .268
Bobby Abreu, RF4110115 .259
Jim Thome, 1B4012033 .208
Pat Burrell, LF4011024 .301
Chase Utley, 2B3111101 .292
David Bell, 3B4000013 .210
Mike Lieberthal, C4020000 .232
Randy Wolf, P1000010 .125
   d- Jason Michaels, PH-CF3110012 .372
Totals35410431020 
a-flied out for Adams in the 6th
b-hit by pitch for Geary in the 8th
c-walked for Worrell in the 9th
d-struck out for Wolf in the 5th
Batting
2B - Jim Thome (5, Perisho), Mike Lieberthal (4, Burnett)
HR - Chase Utley (3, Burnett)
RBI - Jim Thome 2 (12), Pat Burrell (21), Chase Utley (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Bell-Utley-Thome
Philadelphia Phillies
Randy Wolf (L,1-3) 5844143 6.52
Terry Adams 1211000 6.00
Geoff Geary 2311020 4.50
Tim Worrell 1100010 7.27
HBP - Encarnacion (by Tim Worrell)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 95-61, Terry Adams 23-14, Geoff Geary 32-24, Tim Worrell 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 3-7, Terry Adams 2-1, Geoff Geary 1-3, Tim Worrell 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 23, Terry Adams 5, Geoff Geary 9, Tim Worrell 5
Game Information
Attendance - 28471
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Brian O'Nora