PHILADELPHIA -- This time, rain helped Dontrelle Willis finish what he started.
Willis allowed one unearned run in five innings and Alex Gonzalez had a two-run single, leading the Florida Marlins to a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night in a game shortened to 5½ innings because of rain.
Willis (5-0) limited the Phillies to three hits and struck out four to become baseball's first five-game winner. The left-hander, who lowered his ERA to 1.29, began the season with consecutive shutouts in his first two outings. He has three of Florida's league-leading six complete games.
"It was a tough game because of the rain," Willis said. "It was wet, but both teams had to play in it. It was important to get the win. You didn't want to have the game called after 4 1/3 innings."
The game was delayed 61 minutes at the start, another 45 minutes during the bottom of the fifth inning and was stopped after a delay of 2 hours, 12 minutes following the top of the sixth.
Willis struck out Phillies starter Vicente Padilla during heavy showers for the first out in the bottom of the fifth. During the ensuing delay, Willis threw in the bullpen before getting the last two outs nearly an hour later.
"It was tough. I was worried about hitting him," Willis said of pitching to Padilla. "It was safety. You never want anybody to get hurt."
Padilla (0-3) allowed two runs and two hits in five innings -- his best start since returning from triceps tendinitis. Padilla lasted just three innings in each of his first two starts, giving up 12 runs.
Padilla ran into trouble when he walked Paul Lo Duca with one out in the second inning and Mike Lowell followed with a double. Gonzalez then lined an 0-2 pitch to center field to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead.
"He still wasn't the same location-wise," catcher Mike Lieberthal said. "He made a mistake on Gonzalez, trying to throw a strikeout pitch, a high fastball. He threw it down a little bit. Other than that, his offspeed (pitch) was pretty good."
The Phillies cut it to 2-1 in the fourth. Pat Burrell walked to start the inning and went to third when shortstop Gonzalez booted Jim Thome's grounder that probably would've been a double play. After Jason Michaels flied out to right, Burrell scored on Lieberthal's fielder's choice grounder to third.
"Once we got Willis out of there, we were going to have a good chance against them," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
The Marlins haven't allowed more than four runs in a game this season.
"Our pitchers have been outstanding," Florida manager Jack McKeon said.
|Rain limits Dontrelle Willis to just five innings, but not from becoming the first to five wins this season. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Juan Pierre, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.297|
|Damion Easley, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||1||0||0||0||2||1||0||.300|
|Miguel Cabrera, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.345|
|Juan Encarnacion, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.276|
|Paul Lo Duca, C||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.328|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.198|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||2||0||1||2||0||0||0||.258|
|Dontrelle Willis, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.133|
|2B - Mike Lowell (6, Padilla)|
|RBI - Alex Gonzalez 2 (11)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|E - Alex Gonzalez (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Dontrelle Willis (W,5-0)||5||3||1||0||2||4||0||1.29|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 65-48|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 7-5|
|Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 21|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.257|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.271|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.261|
|Pat Burrell, LF||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||.301|
|Jim Thome, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.203|
|Tomas Perez, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Jason Michaels, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.356|
|Mike Lieberthal, C||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.239|
|David Bell, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.205|
|Vicente Padilla, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|RBI - Mike Lieberthal (4)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Vicente Padilla (L,0-3)||5||2||2||2||3||1||0||11.45|
|Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 81-46, Ryan Madson 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 9-5|
|Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 20, Ryan Madson 3|
|Attendance - 25900|
|Game Time - 1:26|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|