MIAMI (AP) -The game brought to mind a Saturday beer league, with plenty of swinging from the heels by both the
. Despite a four-run margin, the outcome was in doubt until the final pitch.
The Marlins had a little more pop, hitting three homers to win 9-5 and tighten the race in the NL East.
''It does resemble a softball game a little bit,'' said
, who came within a homer of the cycle. ''We've got some guys going up there taking healthy hacks, and the Phillies are the
same way. The game is never over.''
Trailing by four runs, Philadelphia loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against
, who leads the majors with 29 home runs, then struck out on three pitches.
, who homered twice earlier, grounded out to end the game.
''I was trying to get everybody on the edge of their seats,'' Gregg said with a smile. ''What counts is we shook hands afterward.''
The game was filled with misadventures. Three runners were thrown out at the plate, two catchable balls dropped in right field,
and Marlins third baseman
committed two errors on one grounder.
But mostly it came down to the long ball, and even against high-scoring Philadelphia, the Marlins can hold their own. Florida
leads the majors with 138 homers, and the Phillies are second with 136.
''If they want to mash, we can mash,'' Ross said.
hit a two-run homer for Florida, his 24th, and
hit his 11th. The Marlins even got a homer from rookie backup catcher
, who drove in four runs to triple his season RBI total to six since being recalled from the minors July 8.
''This lineup is really strong,'' Baker said. ''It's a fun lineup to hit in. I'm just trying to chip in where I can.''
The Marlins remained third in the NL East but are only 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia, which began the day with a one-game
lead over the
New York Mets
And Florida fans - last in the majors in attendance - are beginning to catch pennant fever. Attendance was 26,520, giving
the Marlins home crowds above 20,000 in consecutive games for the first time this season.
''That tells you we're doing good,'' said Cantu, who made up for his errors by going 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
Ross went 3-for-5 with a single, double and triple. Needing a homer to complete the first cycle by a Florida player, he struck
out on three pitches in the seventh and grounded out in the eighth.
Baker singled in a run and hit a three-run homer, his second.
Burrell hit two solo homers for Philadelphia, giving him 25 this year. He has 243 career homers, which ties him with
for third on the Phillies' all-time list.
But after the game, Burrell was focused on making the final out.
''I'm still bummed about that last at-bat,'' he said. ''We had a chance to win there. That's the part that hurts. It stings.''
The Marlins' homers came off
(8-4), who allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 4 1-3 innings.
''They swing early and often a lot,'' Kendrick said. ''Obviously they wanted the fastballs, so I tried to mix it up. I just
didn't have my stuff today.''
(6-4) allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings. Four relievers limited Philadelphia to one run over the final four
The Marlins flirted with disaster in the second. Cantu committed two errors by bobbling a grounder and making an errant throw,
and Olsen gave up two hits and walked the pitcher to load the bases.
But the Phils managed only one run. Howard and
were thrown out at the plate on grounders to third, and
grounded out to leave the bases loaded.
The Phillies came from behind twice before Florida went ahead to stay in the fifth, scoring three runs on the homers by Hermida
and Uggla to lead 7-4.
''The Marlins are aggressive,'' Phils manager
said. ''They hunt fastballs to hit. And when you make a mistake, they hit it.''
Notes: The Phillies fell to 12-18 in day games. ... When introducing the Marlins' lineup on network TV before the game, Florida
identified Olsen as ''the man known to take a jolt of electricity.'' Olsen allegedly fought with police and was shocked with
a Taser in an incident last year. He enrolled in a pretrial diversion program, which led to the dismissal of charges.