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Lee, Penny Homer As Marlins Beat Braves

April 12, 2003

MIAMI (AP) _ Derrek Lee hit his 100th home run, pitcher Brad Penny connected for his first and the Florida Marlins won their third game in a row, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-4 Friday night.

Chipper Jones hit his second homer of the season for the Braves, who have been outscored 60-12 in their seven defeats.

Lee’s three-run homer, his first this season, put Florida ahead 4-0 in the third against Horacio Ramirez (1-2). Penny, a .152 career hitter, pulled a 2-0 pitch over the scoreboard in the fourth for a solo homer estimated at 375 feet.

Penny (1-1) allowed seven hits and left after five innings with a 7-4 lead. His other start this season was a 13-4 loss Sunday at Atlanta.

Blaine Neal, Tim Spooneybarger and Armando Almanza each worked a scoreless inning before Braden Looper converted his first save opportunity.

The Marlins won their third game in a row since manager Jeff Torborg shook up his lineup. New No. 2 hitter Luis Castillo went 3-for-4 and scored twice, and new cleanup hitter Juan Encarnacion drove in three runs with a triple and a single.

Juan Pierre singled leading off the first and has at least one hit in all 11 games, extending his Marlins record at the start of a season.

Florida opened the scoring in the third. Pierre was hit by a pitch, took third on a single by Castillo and scored on Encarnacion’s single. Lee’s two-out homer made it 4-0.

Atlanta answered with two in the fourth. Jones singled, Andruw Jones doubled and Marcus Giles hit a two-out, two-run single.

Ivan Rodriguez walked for the 10th time in four games, and this time the strategy backfired. After Castillo doubled with two outs in the fourth, Rodriguez was walked intentionally, and Encarnacion followed with a two-run triple to make it 7-2.

Gary Sheffield hit a two-out double and Chipper Jones homered in the fifth.

Ramirez allowed eight hits and seven runs in five innings.

Notes: Chipper Jones went 2-for-2 against Penny, improving his career average against the right-hander to .476 (10-for-21). ... Penny was the first Florida pitcher to hit a home run since Michael Tejera last June 26. ... Gerald Williams, making only his second start in left field for Florida, stumbled and fell chasing a first-inning fly by Robert Fick but still made the catch.

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