Whether or not this is the worst offensive team in Marlins' history remains to be seen. Through 12 games, no question it is the most impotent outfit this franchise has fielded.

The Phillies clinched the three-game set and sent the Marlins to a 2-10 record with a 2-1 victory at Marlins Park Sunday. For the first time in club history, the Marlins have scored three runs or fewer in 11 of their first 12 games. This also is the first time the Marlins have failed to score at least three runs in nine of their first dozen, topping the 1996 team, which failed to reach the three-run plateau eight times during its initial 12-game span.

"We just can't continue to go out there and ask [the pitchers] to do any more than they're doing," manager Mike Redmond said. "Right now, our mistakes are big and they're costing us. If we're not going to hit home runs we have to be able to put some at-bats together and get some hits, and keep the line moving. We're just not able to do that."

The Marlins have yet to homer at Marlins Park. The Braves and Phillies in six games here combined for five, including a Laynce Nix ninth-inning, pinch-hit shot into the upper deck in right off Jon Rauch that proved the difference maker Sunday.

For the season, the Marlins have a major league-low two homers and are on an eight-game drought. If the Nationals keep them in the park Monday, the Marlins will tie the franchise record for consecutive games without a homer (Sept. 25-Oct. 3, 1993).