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Marlins rub out Phillies

Posted: Friday, September 26, 2003

MIAMI Juan Encarnacion homered and drove in four runs, and the Florida Marlins clinched a tie for the NL wild-card berth with an 8-4 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night that eliminated the Phillies from postseason contention.

Florida completed a three-game sweep and stretched its winning streak to four. In the wild card standings the Marlins are three games ahead of Chicago and Houston, the NL Central co-leaders, and four games ahead of Los Angeles.

Brad Penny (14-10) allowed four runs and seven hits in eight innings for Florida, looking for its first playoff berth since it won the 1997 World Series.

Philadelphia led the wild-card race Saturday but has lost five straight. Randy Wolf (16-10) lasted just four innings, his second-shortest outing this season.

Houston ends the regular season with a three-game series at home against last-place Milwaukee. The Cubs finish with a three games at home against Pittsburgh.

Tim Redding (10-14) allowed one run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Doug Davis (3-1) tied a career high with eight strikeouts in six innings, but gave up three runs and six hits.

Sosa's two-run homer put Chicago ahead 3-0 in the third, and he added a solo shot in the eighth. It was his 39th this season and 538th of his career two ahead of Mantle.

Carlos Zambrano (13-11) allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings, failing to hold the lead.

Abraham Nunez hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the go-ahead run in the seventh. Salomon Torres (7-5) allowed one run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings, and Julian Tavarez pitched the ninth for his 10th save. Grant Roberts (0-3) was the loser.

San Diego broke open the game with five runs in the eighth. Khalil Greene had a two-run single, and Ramon Vazquez and Gary Bennett added RBI singles as the Padres sent 10 men to the plate against Hideo Nomo (16-13) and Guillermo Mota.



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