Marlins steal one from ExposPosted: Friday July 11, 2003 10:16 PM
Updated: Saturday July 12, 2003 12:14 AM
MONTREAL (AP) -- The Florida Marlins capped a big day with what they hope will prove to be a memorable and meaningful win.
The comeback completed a day of good news for the Marlins as rookie left-hander Dontrelle Willis was added to the NL All-Star team and AL saves leader Ugueth Urbina was acquired from Texas prior to the game.
"With Dontrelle making the All-Star team, it's a big day for us," Hollandsworth said. "Hopefully this is one of those days that you remember. Hopefully you'll look back and say this is where we got jump-started."
Trailing 4-3, Florida tied it on Hollandsworth's pinch-hit homer off closer Rocky Biddle (3-4) to lead off the ninth.
One out later, Biddle induced his second straight grounder but shortstop Orlando Cabrera's throw to first was in the dirt and Luis Castillo reached safely on the error.
Mike Lowell drew a two-out walk and Encarnacion singled scoring Castillo ahead of left fielder Brad Wilkerson's throw home.
"It was huge. It was nice to see," Penny said. "I knew if I could keep it to one or two runs, we've got a good chance the way this team fights, and we're playing great. We got Urbina now and everybody's excited. That's a great move. It shows the front office really wants to win."
Lowell and Derrek Lee also homered for the Marlins, who have won seven of 10.
"There can only be positives said about today," Lowell said. "A huge win, Dontrelle -- delighted for him, and picking up a guy like Urbina. Hopefully we can make it a race."
Penny allowed five hits in eight innings, trading in a complete game for a win as a result of Florida's ninth-inning comeback.
Braden Looper pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save. Looper will continue to close while Urbina -- who saved 26 of 30 opportunities with Texas this season -- will be used as a setup man.
"He's been around and to tell me that, 'You're still our guy, we're sticking with you -- This is just to help us get the ball to you,' that's definitely a huge vote of confidence and I appreciate that," Looper said.
Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez left the game with a strained left hamstring after he singled and advanced to second on a passed ball in the fourth.
After seeing the Expos lose their sixth in seven, manager Frank Robinson kept reporters waiting for 20 minutes while he laced into his team in a postgame meeting.
"Basically, it's not plays that we should make or adjustments we should make, it's the mental things," Wilkerson said. "He just feels like it's a lack of intensity."
Montreal is 12 1/2 games behind division-leading Atlanta in the NL East, and four games behind Philadelphia in the NL wild card standings.
"The bottom can drop out in a couple of ballgames if we continue to play the way we're playing," Robinson said.
Florida went up 2-0 on Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly in the second and Lee's one-out homer in the fourth.
In the bottom half of the fourth Penny allowed one-out singles to Jose Vidro and Orlando Cabrera. He then hit Wilkerson with a pitch to load the bases. Wilkerson, though, only went to first when he was directed there by home plate umpire Terry Craft after he was grazed on the right elbow.
"For some reason, [Craft] thought it hit him," Penny said. "[Wilkerson] had no idea."
Cordero hit Penny's 1-1 pitch for his ninth homer of the season, his fourth career grand slam, to put Montreal up 4-2.
Lowell hit his 27th homer in the sixth to draw Florida to within one.
Javier Vazquez allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings, remaining winless in his last six starts.
Notes: Lowell was caught in a rundown between second and third on
Encarnacion's single to end the ninth. ... Mike Mordecai replaced
Gonzalez defensively to begin the bottom half of the fourth. ...
Vazquez has allowed 22 home runs this season.