Florida at Philadelphia

Final 6th
W: D. Willis (5-0) L: V. Padilla (0-3)
HR: FLA - None   PHI - None

Marlins' Willis first to five wins after rain-shortened game

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

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.

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and Marlins reliever Todd Jones tossed baseballs to the remaining fans during the final delay, each competing for louder cheers.


  • Thome left after four innings because of lower back spasms. He finished April with just one homer, a .203 average and 27 strikeouts in 79 at-bats.
  • The Phillies were 10-14 in the first month, their fourth straight losing April.
  • Florida finished the month 14-8 for its second-best record in April. The Marlins were 15-8 last April.
  • Since McKeon shuffled the lineup on April 17, the team is 9-1 when Carlos Delgado bats third followed by Miguel Cabrera in the cleanup spot and Juan Encarnacion hitting fifth.
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Rain limits Dontrelle Willis to just five innings, but not from becoming the first to five wins this season. (AP)
Rain limits Dontrelle Willis to just five innings, but not from becoming the first to five wins this season. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Gonzalez
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0

D. Willis
IP 5.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 4

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Game Time - 1:26
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom