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Wednesday, Apr. 4 7:05pm ET
Phils open with 3-game sweep of Marlins

MIAMI (AP) – The Philadelphia Phillies are feeling optimistic after their sweep of the Florida Marlins.

Rheal Cormier

Bobby Abreu

Bobby Abreu had two hits, including a home run, and Philadelphia scored four runs in the eighth inning to beat Florida 7-3 on Wednesday night and complete the Phillies' first season-opening three-game sweep since 1994.

"This game can bring you to your knees real quick," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "Don't get me wrong. I love 3-0. It's a lot better than 0-3. Maybe they're taking us lightly. Everybody picked us for dead last."

The Phillies haven't started a season with four wins since 1915, when they went 8-0 on their way to their first World Series appearance.

"I've never had a start like this or even close to this," third baseman Scott Rolen said of the Phillies' start.

Rheal Cormier (1-0) pitched one inning and allowed three hits and the go-ahead run, but picked up the win.

"I could've been the goat," Cormier said. "Instead, I'm the hero."

With Philadelphia trailing 3-2 heading into the eighth, Marlins reliever Dan Miceli (0-1) walked three batters sandwiched around an infield single by Pat Burrell.

After one of two wild pitches thrown by Miceli scored Rolen to tie it, the go-ahead run came in on pinch-hitter David Newhan's sacrifice fly.

Doug Glanville's soft liner to left was misplayed by Cliff Floyd to score two more.

"(Miceli) had a tough time locating his pitches," Marlins catcher Charles Johnson said. "It was a pretty crazy inning, but they took advantage of it. They capitalized on it and didn't give in."

Derrek Lee and Preston Wilson hit solo home runs to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead after six.

Marlins starter Brad Penny couldn't hold the one-run lead in the seventh as he allowed three consecutive two-out singles, including Jimmy Rollins' RBI up the middle. Kevin Jordan, who scored on Rollins' hit, started the rally with a pinch-hit single.

"These guys keep scratching and that's a tribute to them," Bowa said.

Tied at 2 in the bottom of the seventh, Alex Gonzalez, Luis Castillo and Eric Owens all singled off Cormier. Cliff Floyd's RBI groundout made it 3-2.

"This series didn't go the way we hoped or planned," Marlins manager John Boles said. "That doesn't change the way I feel about this club. We're a lot better than we showed, but we got 149 left. We'll get it straightened out."

Tied at 1 in the sixth, Wilson, who hit 31 homers last year, hit a 3-2 pitch 448 feet away over the scoreboard in left-center.

Penny, a 22-year-old right-hander who was 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA against the Phillies during his rookie season last year, allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking one.

"If that's as good as he can be, then that's plenty good enough," Boles said of Penny. "He was terrific."

Rolen hit a bloop double to right and scored on Burrell's double off the right-center field wall to tie it 1-1 in the fourth. Burrell's hit snapped an 0-for-9 start.

Lee, who had been 0-for-6, hit a 437-foot home run off the upper-deck facade to give Florida a 1-0 lead in the second.

Abreu homered in the ninth to make it 7-3.

Phillies starter Bruce Chen pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing the two homers and seven hits with five strikeouts.

Game notes
For the first time in the history of Veterans Stadium, the Phillies will play three straight day games (April 6-8) to open the home schedule. The Phils have opened on the road at different ballparks for nine straight seasons. ... The Marlins suffered their first-ever season-opening three-game losing sweep. ... The Marlins have struck out 24 times in the first two games, including Charles Johnson's six in his first 10 at-bats. ... The Marlins voided the option of infielder Nate Rolison and placed him on the disabled list, retroactive to March 23, with a right wrist injury.

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