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

Marlins.

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

Thursday night.

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

for help.”

After watching replays, Davidson insisted he made the correct

call.

”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

foul.”

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

it landed.

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

Atlanta.

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

disabled list.

”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.