MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins played in front of their smallest crowd since 2002 on Monday night, and for that they can be thankful.
With the home team blowing a late four-run lead for Dontrelle Willis against Philadelphia, it was better to keep witnesses to a minimum.
Pat Burrell homered for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to cap the comeback against Willis, and the Phillies won 8-5 before 6,017 fans.
"We seem to have done anything and everything to let a team back in the game, including myself," Willis said.
The left-hander took a one-hitter and a 5-1 lead into the seventh, but the Phillies tied it with a three-run infield hit thanks to a mental gaffe by rookie second baseman Dan Uggla. It was a hero-to-goat transition for Uggla, who hit a two-run homer and scored from second base on a groundout.
"That was huge to come back," Burrell said. "Against one of the better pitchers in the game, they have a 5-1 lead going into the seventh inning. You're not going to win that game many times."
Willis (1-2) gave up eight earned runs, matching his career high, in 7 1/3 innings. He hit three batters and threw two wild pitches.
Last-place Florida has lost a season-high four consecutive games and seven of eight. But even in that contest, the ugliness of the latest loss stood out.
"This isn't supposed to happen," manager Joe Girardi said. "You're up 5-1 and we're rolling along. It's frustrating. It seems like any mistake we make costs us."
Florida left the bases loaded twice, including in the eighth against Arthur Rhodes. Tom Gordon pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in as many chances, and Rheal Cormier (1-0) earned the win by getting the only batter he faced to hit into a double play.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel missed the comeback; he was ejected in the fourth inning by second base umpire Angel Hernandez for disputing a forceout call. Manuel was also thrown out of a victory over Florida in Philadelphia last month.
The Marlins began to unravel when Willis hit the leadoff batter with a changeup in the seventh, then gave up a single to David Bell. A groundout advanced the runners, Mike Lieberthal singled home a run and pinch-hitter Abraham Nunez reached when third baseman Miguel Cabrera failed to make a clean play on his infield single, loading the bases.
Jimmy Rollins hit into a forceout at home, leaving Willis on the verge of escaping with a 5-2 lead.
But when Uggla tried to make a leaping catch of Shane Victorino's looping liner in short right field, the ball deflected off the heel of his glove for a single. Two runs scored, and Rollins stopped at third.
Then Uggla retrieved the ball, casually walked it back toward the infield and tossed it to Willis.
"Uggla wasn't looking to third," Rollins said. "I was creeping, and as soon as I saw the ball come forward, I just took off."
"Instead of calling timeout, I toss the ball and next thing I know, Jimmy takes off," Uggla said. "Lesson learned."
Rollins easily crossed the plate to make it 5-all.
"We fall asleep, and the guy scores," Girardi said. "It can't happen."
Burrell jumped on a sinker down the middle leading off the eighth for his eighth homer. Alex Gonzalez singled home a run to end Willis' night, and Rollins added a two-out RBI single.
"It definitely hurts, because I felt like I let my team down," Willis said. "I have to find a way to get outs late in the game, especially when they're making a charge."
The crowd was the Marlins' smallest since April 19, 2002, when they drew 5,148 against Montreal. ... Marlins RF Jeremy Hermida (hip flexor) complained of stiffness after playing three innings in a rehabilitation assignment Monday for Single-A Jupiter, delaying his scheduled return Wednesday from the disabled list. He'll be re-evaluated Tuesday. ... Willis said he'll donate $100 for each of his strikeouts to the "Strikeouts for Troops" campaign, with proceeds benefiting injured soldiers. ... Cabrera walked twice against Phils starter Ryan Madson but went 0-for-1, dropping his average against the right-hander to .143 (2-for-14). ... The ERA for Phillies starters rose to 5.81. ... Philadelphia RF Bobby Abreu, held out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, pinch hit in the eighth and was intentionally walked.
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||1||1||1||0||1||3|
|Shane Victorino, RF-LF||4||0||1||2||0||0||2|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||5||1||0||0||0||1||2|
|Pat Burrell, LF||3||1||1||1||1||1||0|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|a- David Dellucci, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Tom Gordon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||1||0|
|David Bell, 3B||3||1||2||0||0||0||2|
|Alex Gonzalez, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||3|
|Mike Lieberthal, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||1|
|Ryan Madson, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Geoff Geary, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|b- Abraham Nunez, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Clay Condrey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Rheal Cormier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|c- Bobby Abreu, PH-RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|a-struck out for Rhodes in the 9th|
|b-singled for Geary in the 7th|
|c-was walked intentionally for Cormier in the 8th|
|HR - Pat Burrell (, Willis)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins (), Shane Victorino 2 (), Pat Burrell (), Chase Utley (), Alex Gonzalez (), Mike Lieberthal ()|
|2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (), Shane Victorino 2 ()|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Lieberthal-Bell, Gonzalez-Rollins|
|Rheal Cormier (W,-)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Arthur Rhodes (H,)||1||1||0||0||2||2||0|
|Tom Gordon (S,)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|HBP - Olivo (by Ryan Madson), Olivo (by Ryan Madson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Madson 94-56, Geoff Geary 8-5, Clay Condrey 7-4, Rheal Cormier 4-3, Arthur Rhodes 27-15, Tom Gordon 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Madson 7-3, Clay Condrey 1-0, Rheal Cormier 1-0, Tom Gordon 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Madson 28, Geoff Geary 1, Clay Condrey 2, Rheal Cormier 1, Arthur Rhodes 6, Tom Gordon 3|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||1||0||1||1||1||4|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||5||2||3||2||0||1||5|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||0||0||0||2||2||1|
|Josh Willingham, LF||5||0||2||1||0||2||4|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||5|
|Miguel Olivo, C||2||1||0||0||0||2||0|
|Chris Aguila, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0|
|Reggie Abercrombie, CF||3||0||2||1||1||0||0|
|Dontrelle Willis, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Franklyn German, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|a- Wes Helms, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Eric Reed, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Todd Wellemeyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|a-walked for German in the 8th|
|2B - Dan Uggla (, Madson), Chris Aguila (, Rhodes)|
|HR - Dan Uggla (, Madson)|
|SH - Dontrelle Willis ()|
|RBI - Hanley Ramirez (), Dan Uggla 2 (), Josh Willingham (), Reggie Abercrombie ()|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (), Josh Willingham ()|
|SB - Reggie Abercrombie (, 2nd base off Madson/Lieberthal)|
|CS - Miguel Olivo (, 2nd base by Madson/Lieberthal), Reggie Abercrombie (, 3rd base by Geary/Lieberthal)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Dontrelle Willis (L,-)||7.1||8||8||8||1||6||1|
|IBB - Abreu by Franklyn German|
|HBP - Bell (by Dontrelle Willis), Victorino (by Dontrelle Willis), Utley (by Dontrelle Willis)|
|WP - Dontrelle Willis 2 ()|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 120-75, Franklyn German 12-7, Todd Wellemeyer 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 10-6, Franklyn German 1-1, Todd Wellemeyer 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 34, Franklyn German 4, Todd Wellemeyer 3|
|Attendance - 6017|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|