Phillies 6, Marlins 4
Jonathan Papelbon was ready when Charlie Manuel went to his
closer a bit earlier than he usually does.
Papelbon worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, then
finished the Philadelphia Phillies’ 6-4 victory over the Miami
Marlins on Friday night.
”Anytime Charlie calls on me, I’m ready, willing and able,”
Papelbon said. ”I look forward to every opportunity.”
Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer and Hector Luna had three RBIs
for the Phillies, who have won seven of nine. Pence, Carlos Ruiz
and Placido Polanco each had three hits.
Logan Morrison and Justin Ruggiano homered for the Marlins, who
had won three straight. Miami had 13 hits and left 12 runners on
The Marlins brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but
center fielder John Mayberry Jr. made an acrobatic catch on
pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs’ fly ball to end the game. Mayberry got
turned around the wrong way, but reached out to snare the liner
just in front of the warning track before rolling to his back.
”Papelbon said I made an easy catch look hard so we’ll go with
that,” Mayberry said. ”I don’t think I got any style points, but
I’m happy to make the play.”
Said Manuel: ”I’m glad he caught it. He turned a few ways
though. I don’t think you teach that route. But he caught it,
that’s the big thing.”
Kyle Kendrick (2-4) allowed eight hits in 5 1-3 innings, but
held Miami to two runs. The right-hander, who was coming off a
seven-hit shutout against St. Louis on Monday, struck out four and
”I got in some jams and was able to get out of jams,” Kendrick
Mark Buehrle (5-5) gave up four runs and a season-high 11 hits
in five innings for the Marlins. The left-hander was 4-0 with a
3.19 ERA in his previous five starts.
”Just a bad day at the office,” Buehrle said. ”I gave up too
many hits early and didn’t go long in the game.”
Luna hit a run-scoring double in the seventh to give the
Phillies a 6-2 lead. But Morrison and pinch-hitter Ruggiano started
the eighth with consecutive home runs against lefty Antonio
Morrison drilled an 0-2 pitch to deep right before Ruggiano
belted the next pitch over the wall in left-center for his first
homer of the season in his second at-bat with Miami.
Bastardo walked the next batter, John Buck, and was replaced by
Jake Diekman. The left-hander struck out Chris Coghlan, then gave
up consecutive singles to load the bases before being relieved by
Manuel was out of right-handed relievers.
”I wanted to win the game … and I wanted to put my best on
the mound,” Manuel said, adding he wouldn’t make a habit of doing
it. ”This early in the season if you’re not careful you can
overwork your guy. If you do it every now and then, that’s
After getting Omar Infante to pop out to shortstop, Papelbon
struck out Hanley Ramirez looking. Ramirez reacted angrily to the
called third strike, barking at umpire Kerwin Danley and tossing
his equipment behind home plate.
”We had too many chances,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.
”We got a lot of hits but not the big one. When you don’t take
advantage of that, you don’t deserve to win the game.”
The game was delayed by rain for 48 minutes in the top of the
Luna hit a two-out, two run single in the first and Pence
connected in the fifth to help Philadelphia build a 4-1
Giancarlo Stanton, who had 12 homers and 30 RBIs while hitting
.343 in May, staked Miami a 1-0 lead with a run-scoring double in
The Marlins loaded the bases in the third and fourth, but failed
to score. Morrison grounded into an inning-ending 3-6-1 double play
in the third, and Infante lined out to Kendrick to end the
Philadelphia right-hander Jose Contreras left in the seventh
with right elbow soreness. The 40-year-old Contreras was making his
17th appearance since offseason surgery on his right elbow.
After throwing his fifth pitch of the inning, an 89 mph
fastball, Contreras grabbed his right arm and staggered to the
ground on the grass between first and second before leaving the
Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Contreras
would have further tests Saturday and likely would be placed on the
”I think he got hurt pretty bad,” Manuel said.
NOTES: Miami SS Jose Reyes went 3 for 4, extending his hitting
streak to 12 games. . Philadelphia OF Shane Victorino was not in
the starting lineup for the first time this season after receiving
a cortisone shot Friday to relieve discomfort in his right hand.
Victorino entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth. .
Phillies RHP Vance Worley, on the DL with inflammation in his right
elbow, threw a bullpen session and could start Monday’s game
against the Dodgers. . Phillies slugger Ryan Howard said he is
making progress in his rehabilitation from an Achilles tear that
has sidelined him all season. . Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (5-3,
4.26) is scheduled to face Philadelphia LHP Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.43)
on Saturday afternoon.