NATIONAL LEAGUE

Marlins rough up Phillies


Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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Florida Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson throws in the second inning.

The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA - 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.
Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 32 games for Philadelphia, but Jon Lieber was roughed up in a terrible performance.
Lieber (4-8) allowed nine runs and 13 hits, including three homers, in 4 innings.
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.
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.
The underachieving Phillies, who trail the Reds by 5 games in the NL wild-card standings, made four trades in the past week to dump salaries and restock their farm system.
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.
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.
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.
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