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Utley's hit streak at 32 while Marlins hammer Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- Distracted by trade speculation, Jon Lieber turned in a terrible performance.

Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs with a homer and two doubles, and Josh Johnson pitched seven strong innings to lead the Florida Marlins over the Philadelphia Phillies 15-2 on Monday.

Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 32 games for Philadelphia, but Lieber was roughed up on a day when he wasn't sure if he would take the mound.

Lieber (4-8) allowed nine runs and 13 hits, including three homers, in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander had been mentioned in trade talks, but didn't go anywhere before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

"I'm not foolish to say it wasn't a distraction, especially when you have to pitch on the deadline and you don't know if you're going to pitch," Lieber said. "It's frustrating."

Johnson (9-5) gave up one run and five hits. The 22-year-old rookie struck out eight and lowered his NL-best ERA to 2.52.

"He was outstanding," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "He stayed ahead of hitters and made them hit his pitch."

Jeremy Hermida hit a three-run homer, and Miguel Olivo and Dan Uggla each added a two-run shot for the Marlins, who snapped a three-game losing skid.

A day after sending two-time All-Star right fielder Bobby Abreu and starting pitcher Cory Lidle to the New York Yankees for four minor league prospects, the Phillies traded left-handed reliever Rheal Cormier to Cincinnati for another minor leaguer.

But general manager Pat Gillick couldn't find a taker for slugger Pat Burrell, who has two years and $27 million remaining on his contract that includes a no-trade clause.

The underachieving Phillies, who trail the Reds by 5½ games in the NL wild-card standings, made four trades in the past week to dump salaries and restock their farm system.

"There were things we would've liked to get done," Gillick said. "We got a few things accomplished, but we didn't do everything on our list."

One player they plan to keep in Philadelphia for a while is Utley. The All-Star second baseman was 0-for-2 against Johnson before he singled off the glove of diving second baseman Uggla. Utley's streak is the longest in the major leagues this season, and second-longest in team history.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has the longest Phillies streak at 38 games -- the final 36 of last season and the first two this year. Ed Delahanty had a 31-game run in 1899.

"I usually make that play," Uggla said.

Lieber completely unraveled in the fifth, allowing four runs after Mike Jacobs' fly ball fell in for a double because right fielder David Dellucci lost it in the sun.

Lieber intentionally walked Cabrera and fanned Josh Willingham for the second out, but Hermida homered to right-center to make it 8-1. Three straight singles, the last by Johnson, chased Lieber, who jogged off the mound to a chorus of boos.

Lieber won 17 games in his first season in Philadelphia, but has been a major disappointment this year.

"I think I was called everything today," Lieber said. "It was embarrassing, not the game you want to pitch."

Cabrera put Florida ahead 2-0 in the first inning with an opposite-field homer to right. Olivo made it 4-0 with another opposite-field drive in the second.

Chris Coste homered to cut it to 4-1 in the third.

Johnson helped himself with a two-out RBI double off the wall in left-center that put the Marlins ahead 5-1 in the fourth. He had an RBI single in the four-run fifth.

"I'm just swinging at the right time," Johnson said.

Notes

  • After the game, the Phillies recalled OF Chris Roberson and sent OF Michael Bourn to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Johnson was 1-for-28 this season before his double.
  • Nine of Olivo's 12 homers have come on first pitches.
  • Coste, a 33-year-old rookie, is hitting .343 (24-for-70) with three homers and 15 RBI since getting his first call-up to the majors.
  • Utley is hitting .404 (55-for-136) with 20 multihit games during his streak.
 
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Miguel Cabrera greets a sea of high-fives in the dugout after his two-run home run in the first.  (AP)
Miguel Cabrera greets a sea of high-fives in the dugout after his two-run home run in the first. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Coste
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, CF6011004 .271
Dan Uggla, 2B5212111 .295
Mike Jacobs, 1B5220112 .290
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4333110 .326
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Treanor, PH-C1000001 .213
Josh Willingham, LF3000013 .260
   b- Reggie Abercrombie, PH-LF1012000 .217
Jeremy Hermida, RF4113011 .288
   c- Wes Helms, PH-3B1000001 .271
Hanley Ramirez, SS5430011 .266
Miguel Olivo, C-1B5232002 .292
Josh Johnson, P3022000 .100
   d- Joe Borchard, PH-RF1100112 .225
Totals441517154718 
a-grounded out for Kensing in the 9th
b-tripled for Willingham in the 8th
c-flied out for Hermida in the 8th
d-walked for Johnson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Jacobs 2 (30, Lieber, Lieber), Miguel Cabrera 2 (33, Lieber, Sanches), Miguel Olivo (14, White), Josh Johnson (2, Lieber)
3B - Reggie Abercrombie (2, Sanches)
HR - Dan Uggla (16, White), Miguel Cabrera (16, Lieber), Jeremy Hermida (5, Lieber), Miguel Olivo (12, Lieber)
RBI - Alfredo Amezaga (12), Dan Uggla 2 (61), Miguel Cabrera 3 (66), Reggie Abercrombie 2 (21), Jeremy Hermida 3 (22), Miguel Olivo 2 (40), Josh Johnson 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (19), Miguel Cabrera 3 (18), Reggie Abercrombie 2 (10), Jeremy Hermida 3 (10), Josh Johnson 2 (3)
CS - Alfredo Amezaga (6, 2nd base by Lieber/Coste)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Miguel Olivo (6)
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson (W,9-5) 7511081 2.52
Logan Kensing 1211020 4.66
Taylor Tankersley 1000110 1.56
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 109-73, Logan Kensing 22-12, Taylor Tankersley 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 10-3
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 26, Logan Kensing 5, Taylor Tankersley 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000021 .261
David Dellucci, RF4120000 .313
Chase Utley, 2B3010011 .327
    Danny Sandoval, 2B1011000 .286
Ryan Howard, 1B4000022 .284
Pat Burrell, LF4000011 .259
Aaron Rowand, CF3010000 .260
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Lieberthal, PH1000000 .236
Abraham Nunez, 3B3000121 .162
Chris Coste, C4121011 .343
Jon Lieber, P1000010 .074
    Fabio Castro, P1000011 .000
    Shane Victorino, CF1000000 .260
Totals342721118 
a-fouled out for White in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Dellucci (11, Kensing)
HR - Chris Coste (3, Johnson)
RBI - Danny Sandoval (2), Chris Coste (15)
2-OUT RBI - Danny Sandoval (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Abraham Nunez (3, )
Philadelphia Phillies
Jon Lieber (L,4-8) 4.21399133 6.09
Fabio Castro 2.1000020 2.16
Brian Sanches 1233210 8.31
Rick White 1230111 5.26
IBB - Cabrera by Jon Lieber
HBP - Willingham (by Fabio Castro)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lieber 79-57, Fabio Castro 39-25, Brian Sanches 43-27, Rick White 27-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lieber 3-7, Rick White 3-0
Batters Faced - Jon Lieber 27, Fabio Castro 8, Brian Sanches 7, Rick White 7
Game Information
Attendance - 20956
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Larry Poncino