MIAMI (AP) - On a humid, 87-degree afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies endured another Miami meltdown - perhaps their worst yet.
Alex Gonzalez hit the first grand slam of his career, Dontrelle Willis pitched seven innings and the Florida Marlins won 10-1 Thursday to sweep the
Phillies at home for the fourth time in a row. It was the Phillies' 14th consecutive loss in Miami, including seven this year. Most of the games have
been close, but this time seven consecutive Marlins scored in the third inning against Paul Abbott (1-5), capped by Gonzalez's 15th homer for an 8-0
Phillies manager Larry Bowa has called the streak "embarrassing," and left fielder Pat Burrell said it's "unbelievable." Even the Marlins - eight
games below .500 against the rest of the majors - shake their heads in amazement at the way they've dominated Philadelphia.
The teams are tied for second place in the NL East, but in the past two years the rivalry has been no closer than Thursday's rout.
The Marlins are 11-1 against the Phillies this season and have won 23 of the past 26 meetings. The bad news for Philadelphia is that the teams have
seven games remaining, including three in Florida in September.
Philadelphia's futility at Pro Player Stadium has become comical at times. One Marlins grounder was touched by two Phillies and still made its way to
the outfield for a single. Twice, a Philadelphia batter missed on a swing that sent the bat sailing into the stands. And for the second time in the
series, the Phillies let a routine fly drop for a double - with shortstop Jimmy Rollins losing Hee Seop Choi's popup in the sun.
But by then the score was already 8-1.
Willis (8-6) limited Philadelphia to five hits and one run while enjoying plenty of run support. Jeff Conine put the Marlins ahead with his eighth
home run leading off the second inning, and another Miami moment for the Phillies came in the third.
Juan Pierre singled, Luis Castillo singled and Mike Lowell walked to load the bases. Miguel Cabrera doubled home two runs, Conine hit an RBI single
and Choi walked to reload the bases.
Gonzalez then pulled an 0-2 pitch over the scoreboard for his 15th home run. He added an RBI double in the fifth, and by the time Mike Redmond's RBI
single made it 10-1 in the fifth, every Florida starter had a hit. the fan was given the bat after Choi grounded out. ... Lowell improved his average
against the Phillies this season to .426 (20-for-47) with five homers and 14 RBIs. ... Abbott fell to 16-9 in day games. He's 27-27 at night.