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Penny pinched in Phils rout
09/11/2002 10:00 PM ET
PHILADELPHIA -- In the first game of Tuesday night's doubleheader, the Marlins pitching staff stranded 10 Philadelphia baserunners. In the second game, Florida beached seven more. But Wednesday, Brad Penny could not continue the trend.

Philadelphia took advantage of nearly every opportunity it had against Penny, scoring six runs in the first four innings on its way to a 9-2 victory before 12,274 at Veterans Stadium.

The game was played in the shadow of the one-year anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the Phillies marked the event with several memorials before the game, and one at 9:11 p.m. (ET). The game was halted in the seventh inning for a moment of silence.

When the game resumed, the Phillies already had the contest very much in hand. Philadelphia starter Brett Myers (4-4) earned the victory, scattering six hits over six innings of work, allowing one run and striking out four.

Penny took the loss, which evened his record at 6-6 on the year. He ended up allowing six runs in four innings, yielding six hits and striking out only two. It was the second consecutive defeat for Penny.

After Penny was chased out of the game, the Phillies continued to pound on the Marlins. In the fifth, manager Jeff Torborg brought in left-handed youngster Nate Robertson, and he promptly gave up a three-run home run to Travis Lee. The Philly first baseman had a big night, finishing with two hits and four RBIs.

One bright spot for the Marlins was the return of Josh Beckett, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday afternoon. The rookie right-hander, who hadn't pitched since Aug. 24 and has been on the disabled list three separate times this season because of problems with blisters on his pitching fingers, looked outstanding in two perfect innings of relief.

On Tuesday, the Phillies managed to beat Philadelphia's top two starters, Randy Wolf and Vicente Padilla, but they could not solve Myers. The rookie right-hander did what Wolf and Padilla could not -- shut down Derrek Lee. The red-hot Marlins first baseman knocked in five of Florida's eight runs in Tuesday's double dip. Lee managed a fourth-inning double against Myers, but it proved to be harmless.

Although Myers and the Philadelphia bullpen held the Marlins at bay for most of the night, three Florida players kept hitting streaks alive. Kevin Millar hit in his 17th consecutive game, Mike Lowell made it nine in a row, and Lee hit in his fourth straight contest.

Penny opened the game by allowing consecutive singles to Jimmy Rollins and Doug Glanville. He struck out Bobby Abreu, but Pat Burrell lined a single to center that scored Rollins. Two batters later, Placico Polanco launched a Penny fastball into the seats in left, putting the Phils up 4-0.

Travis Hill is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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