Phillies 1, Marlins 0

Pitching expectations for the Philadelphia Phillies are pretty

high, which is why Vance Worley found himself heading back to the

minors after he threw seven shutout innings Monday night.

Worley helped beat the Florida Marlins 1-0. But the Phillies

have no room in their rotation for the right-hander over the next

10 days, so after the game he was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh

Valley.

The move was made because the Phillies have an off day Thursday.

Plans are for Worley to make one start in the minors and rejoin the

Phillies after the All-Star break.

”We want him to keep pitching,” assistant general manager

Scott Proefrock said. ”This way he’ll take his normal start

Saturday.”

Said Worley before learning of the move: ”Whatever they need me

to do, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Worley (4-1) allowed only two hits – both singles – and walked

two while lowering his ERA to 2.21 in 10 games this season. His ERA

is 0.69 in four starts since he was recalled from Lehigh Valley in

mid-June.

”He’s aggressive,” manager Charlie Manuel. ”He stays focused,

keeps a level head, doesn’t panic. .I’ve seen him get hit a couple

of times, and he handled it pretty good.”

But on a staff that includes three All-Stars, the Phillies can

afford to be without Worley until late next week. He’s expected to

start during the Mets series July 15-17.

Antonio Bastardo pitched a hitless ninth for his fifth save in

as many chances to complete a two-hitter for the Phillies, who lead

the majors with 13 shutouts. They seem to pitch especially well in

Miami, where they’ve won 20 of their past 24 games thanks to an ERA

of 2.36.

Michael Martinez, playing for an injured Shane Victorino, earned

his fifth RBI of the year with a single to drive home the only run.

A sliding Domonic Brown barely beat the throw home, although a TV

replay appeared to show he was tagged out before touching the

plate.

”That’s where maybe we need replays,” Florida manager Jack

McKeon said.

By the Marlins’ tabulation, there were two blown rulings on the

bases, a pair of unwarranted ejections and a bunch of dubious

ball-strike calls.

”The umpires didn’t blow the game,” McKeon said, ”even though

they missed quite a few plays.”

He contended the umps were too hasty with the ejections.

”We all make mistakes, and we all boot them,” McKeon said.

”But to run guys out of the game … it used to be you fined the

guy $100. Now they’re all macho and going to throw you out if you

look at them.”

Third baseman Emilio Bonifacio was tossed for throwing his

helmet after being called out on a play at first base in the fifth

inning. Buck was thrown out when he protested after Brown walked on

a 3-2 pitch in the ninth.

Buck and McKeon said plate umpire Kerwin Danley’s strike zone

was inconsistent all night.

”It made a difference in the game,” Buck said, who added the

disputed ball-strike calls came at pivotal moments. ”Pretty big

at-bats, runners on and stuff. I just didn’t agree.”

The Marlins arrived home at 5 a.m. after a nine-game trip, and

their batters looked weary. Their last hit came in the third

inning, and Florida lost for the 15th time in its past 16 games

decided by one run.

Ricky Nolasco (5-5) blanked the Phillies until the seventh.

Brown led off the inning with an infield hit, advanced on a walk to

Brian Schneider and scored on Martinez’s single despite a strong

throw home by center fielder Bryan Petersen.

”I thought I got in there under the tag,” Brown said. ”But it

was a very close play.”

Martinez started in center for Victorino, who wore a protective

sleeve on his right hand to protect a swollen thumb he injured

Sunday. He said he hopes to play Tuesday.

NOTES: Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was grinning after he

helped retire Worley on a dazzling 6-4-3 putout in the third. When

Ramirez dove for a grounder, the ball caromed off his glove. Omar

Infante snared it barehanded and threw for the out. … Florida

slugger Mike Stanton has gone 75 at-bats without a homer. …

Worley improved to 4-0 in nine career night games.