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Floyd Drills Phillies, 5-4

<i> From Associated Press</i>

Cliff Floyd could hardly contain his excitement when the Philadelphia Phillies made a pitching change.

With the score tied in the eighth inning, Phillie Manager Terry Francona pulled starter Curt Schilling and brought in left-hander Yorkis Perez to face Floyd, a lefty pinch-hitter.

But Floyd--who hits left-handers better than right-handers--spoiled the strategy by hitting the first pitch for a run-scoring double that capped a two-run rally Saturday and gave the Marlins a 5-4 win, ending their seven-game losing streak.

“I’ve been hitting left-handers all season. I couldn’t wait to get up there when Schilling left the game,” Floyd said. “I’d want to face any lefty, except [New York Met reliever] John Franco, than face Schilling.”

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Floyd raised his average against left-handers to .330, compared to .263 against right-handers. He is two for 10 lifetime against Schilling.

Schilling (10-10) took a 4-3 lead into the eighth, but walked Ryan Jackson and gave up a single to Derrek Lee. After a sacrifice and an intentional walk loaded the bases, Mike Redmond tied it with a run-scoring grounder.

That’s when Francona made his move.

Schilling, who leads the major leagues with 10 complete games, threw 142 pitches but disagreed with Francona’s decision to take him out.

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“I want to be in that game,” he said. “We talked about the pitch count, but I felt good. I felt strong.”


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