After being held scoreless during the Mets’ series, the Phils finally end their thirty straight innings without scoring a run with a run in the fourth, before going on to defeat the fish, 3-2.
The Marlins took a quick 2-0 lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick committed a two-base throwing error on a Hanley Ramirez ground ball back to him, as his errant throw gets past the outstretched arm of first baseman Ryan Howard, allowing both Chris Coghlan, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Gaby Sanchez’s single, and Sanchez, who had just singled, to score, while allowing Ramirez to reach second base. What, at first, looks like the start of another bad night for the slumping Phils would instead turn around in the fourth. In that inning, with a man on first and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI triple, the first Phil RBI since Ross Gload’s pinch hit home run against the Bosox on Sunday, as the ball shoot pass Cameron Maybin in center field, scoring Howard, who had just singled, to cut the Marlins’ lead to 2-1. The Phils then tied up the game at two-all in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two outs, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, and then stole second. The Phils then took the lead in the seventh, their first lead in a week, as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Shane Victorino, who was earlier safe on first on a force out, 4-6, as pinch hitter Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, was forced out at second, moved up to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, and then stole third as part of a double steal, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while Valdez, who had earlier singled, and was the back half of the double steal, went to third. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras records his third save of the season, as he got out of a two on, one out jam, by first striking out Cody Ross and then getting Ronny Paulino to fly out to center.
Kyle Kendrick got the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two unearned runs on five hits, while striking out one. His record is now 3-2 with an ERA of 5.04. Chad Durbin records his seventh hold as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Danys Baez receives his fifth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Jose Contreras records his third save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Chris Volstad took the lost as he pitches seven and one-third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 3-6 with an ERA of 4.31. Taylor Tankersley and Jorge Sosa combine for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, getting out the eight men that they would face.
The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez and Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits apiece, all singles, with Howard knocking in a run, while also scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Ross Gload and Carlos Ruiz had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a triple, knocking in a run, while Gload and Ruiz’s hits were singles. Chase Utley knocks in the other Phil run with a ground out.
The Phils (27-20, 1st) continue their series with the Marlins (24-25, 5th) with a night game. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.22), who is coming off a lost to the Bosox on May 23, when he pitched only five and two-thirds innings, being rocked for six runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out only one, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He’ll be looking for his first win in four starts. The Marlins will counter with their ace Josh Johnson (5-1, 2.43), who is coming off a win against the Chisox on May 23, as he went six innings, giving up only six hits and two walks, in the Marlins’ 13-0 win. He will be shooting for his sixth win of the year. The Phils will be trying to build a new winning streak, while trying to give Doc some much needed offense.