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Philadelphia's Chad Ogea didn't expect to start Tuesday. He did just fine when he was called upon.

Ogea filled in for Curt Schilling and held the Florida Marlins hitless for five innings and Rico Brogna and Mike Lieberthal hit back-to-back solo home runs in the eighth to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 win.

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  • Schilling returned to Philadelphia before the game because his pregnant wife was hospitalized. Ogea allowed three runs and three hits in six innings to keep up his dominance of the Marlins.

    "I don't know what it is, but I pitch good against them," Ogea said. "I'm just going to imagine that there's an `F' on everybody's hat."

    Ogea is 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four starts against the Marlins this year. He also beat Florida twice in the 1997 World Series for Cleveland, posting a 1.54 ERA.

    "He's got some confidence against them," Phillies manager Terry Francona said. "But if he throws like he did tonight, it doesn't matter who he plays."

    Florida manager John Boles would no doubt prefer to see Ogea play someone else.

    "He gives us fits," Boles said. "He's had a whammy on the Marlins for a long time."

    Amaury Telemaco (3-0) pitched the seventh for the win. Wayne Gomes allowed a solo homer to Mike Lowell and an RBI single to Dave Berg in the ninth before getting his 16th save.

    The Phillies closed the gap to 3-2 in the seventh when Alex Arias singled and later scored on Ron Gant's sacrifice fly.

    Brogna led off the eighth with his 14th homer off Jesus Sanchez. Lieberthal followed with his 22nd off Brian Edmondson (4-6).

    Bobby Abreu added a sacrifice fly and Brogna drove in his third run with an RBI single in the ninth off Hector Almonte. The Marlins have lost five of six.

    Jorge Fabregas broke up Ogea's no-hitter by opening the sixth with a single. One out later, Luis Castillo doubled to put runners on first and third. An infield single by Alex Gonzalez tied the game and a wild pitch by Ogea made it 2-1. Mark Kotsay added a sacrifice fly.

    Florida starter Ryan Dempster gave up just one run and four hits in six innings. Dempster struck out seven and has 26 in 18 2-3 innings over his last three starts.

    Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the sixth when Gant singled and scored on Brogna's sacrifice fly.

    Notes:

  • Gonzalez and Philadelphia's Alex Arias collided at second base, with the contact appearing to be left knee to left knee, when Arias was thrown out trying to steal in the eighth inning. Both players left the game.
  • Philadelphia reliever Steve Montgomery left the game in the eighth inning with a left groin strain.
  • Florida's Preston Wilson, who was limited to pinch hitting duty because of lower back spasms, returned to the starting lineup for the first time since July 26. Wilson entered the game leading all rookies with 19 home runs.
  • The game was played with just three umpires because flight delays kept Ed Montague, who had attended a press conference in New York, from arriving in time for the contest.
  • Florida's Kevin Orie, on an injury rehab assignment at Triple-A Calgary following a partial tear of his left quadriceps muscle, injured his left wrist. His assignment has been terminated and he will return to Florida for evaluation.

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