Phillies 5, Marlins 4(10)
The sharp grounder in the ninth inning appeared to skip over the
third-base bag, a game-winning hit for Gaby Sanchez and the Florida
Third-base umpire Bob Davidson saw things differently. He ruled
the ball foul, costing the Marlins a walkoff victory, and the
Philadelphia Phillies took advantage to win 5-4 in 10 innings
Carlos Ruiz homered leading off the 10th for the Phillies, who
completed a three-game series sweep.
Davidson’s call left Florida fuming.
”Dreadful,” team owner Jeffrey Loria said.
”That was the worst call I’ve ever seen in my 30 years of
professional baseball,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. ”That was
bad. That ball was a fair ball by six inches.”
Replays indeed showed ball landed inside the foul line behind
the base, meaning Sanchez’s grounder should have scored Hanley
Ramirez from second base. When Davidson ruled the ball foul,
Rodriguez argued in vain.
”He was telling me it wasn’t even close; it was a foul ball,”
Rodriguez said. ”I was telling him to ask for help. He didn’t ask
After watching replays, Davidson insisted he made the correct
”I was right on top of it, and it was wide of the bag,” he
said. ”What the ball did when it went past me is irrelevant. … I
understand that’s the winning run, but in my opinion it was
Baseball rules state that a ball is foul if it ”bounds past
first or third base on or over foul territory.” Davidson said the
ball past third base in foul territory and it didn’t matter where
Given a reprieve, Ryan Madson (4-1) struck out Sanchez and Cody
Ross to end the inning.
Sanchez shrugged off Davidson’s costly ruling.
”Umpires are going to miss calls,” Sanchez said. ”Hitters are
going to miss pitches. Pitchers are going to miss location. It’s
all a part of the game. Things happen.”
Ruiz took advantage of the break, hitting his fifth homer off
Will Ohman (0-1). Ruiz also had a two-run double in the sixth.
Brad Lidge gave up a leadoff single in the bottom of the 10th to
Mike Stanton, who stole second but was stranded there. Lidge earned
his 12th save in 16 chances.
The Marlins went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position and
lost their fourth game in a row.
Roy Oswalt, making his second start for the Phillies since being
acquired in a trade with Houston, took a 2-0 lead into the seventh
before Florida rallied for a 4-2 lead.
The Phillies scored twice in the ninth to tie the game with none
out, then put the brakes on the rally by having three baserunners
thrown out. They also stranded 11 runners but earned their seventh
sweep of the year and remained two games behind NL East leader
Despite a rash of injuries, the Phillies have won 12 of their
past 14 games. They’re 3-0 since slugger Ryan Howard went on the
”The other day I was talking to my ma, and she asked me about
Howard,” Ruiz said. ”I told her we have to keep going and pull
everything together. So far, the guys are doing pretty good.”
Philadelphia rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the ninth. Placido
Polanco reached to start the inning when shortstop Ramirez made a
bad throw for his 14th error this season. Ross Gload singled off
Leo Nunez, and a double by Raul Ibanez scored a run. Jayson Werth
singled in the tying run.
Then the Phillies self-destructed on the basepaths. Ibanez was
caught off third on a grounder and tagged out, Werth was picked off
second and Domonic Brown was thrown out trying to steal second.
Oswalt allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings after struggling in his
first start for the Phils.
”Getting to know the guys and being around five days now has
been a lot better than the first day, when I didn’t what to
expect,” he said.
Ruiz doubled home the only two runs off Chris Volstad, who went
5 2-3 innings.
”The Phillies battled, and we battled,” Rodriguez said. ”It
was a very good game – until that call.”
NOTES: Murphy improved to 5 for 12 as a pinch hitter with seven
RBIs. … Ibanez extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a
single in the third. … Gload went 1 for 5 batting third for first
time this year. … Ramirez went hitless, and since July 2 he’s
batting .216 (24-111) with two extra-base hits.