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Marlins 7, Phillies 6

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Florida Marlins relied on four rookie pitchers and an injured catcher to get an important win.

Pinch-hitter Paul Lo Duca's two-run single in the seventh inning helped the Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 Saturday night.

Carlos Delgado, Jeff Conine and Damion Easley each had three hits for Florida, which remained a half-game behind Houston in the NL wild-card race. The Phillies fell 2½ games behind the Astros.

"It showed what our club is made of," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "We could've been buried after falling behind their best pitcher, but we kept coming back with clutch hitting."

For the second time in three games, Philadelphia's bullpen failed to hold a lead. On Wednesday, Billy Wagner allowed a three-run homer to Craig Biggio with two outs in the ninth inning in an 8-6 loss to Houston.

The Marlins rallied against Ryan Madson (6-5) in the seventh. Delgado was hit by a pitch with one out and Conine singled. Easley's RBI single to center cut it to 6-5. After Juan Pierre was intentionally walked to load the bases, pinch-hitter Juan Encarnacion struck out.

But Lo Duca, who wasn't in the starting lineup for the second straight game because of a hamstring injury, drove in Conine and Easley with a single to left.

"He's playing hurt, but he's a gamer and a clutch player," McKeon said of Lo Duca. "That's why you like to have him out there, even if he can't run."

The Marlins are used to seeing Lo Duca deliver in clutch situations. The three-time All-Star is hitting .295 with 52 RBI, and has six RBIs in 11 at-bats as a pinch-hitter.

"He's done that all year for us, coming through with big hits," Pierre said.

Chris Resop (1-0) pitched a scoreless sixth for his first win in the majors. He was recalled from Double-A Carolina earlier in the day.

Todd Jones got the final four outs for his 36th save in 38 chances, and 26th in a row. He retired Pat Burrell on a grounder to third with two runners on to end the eighth.

Resop was the fourth rookie used by McKeon. Jason Vargas started, lasting just two innings and giving up three runs and five hits. Josh Johnson pitched two scoreless innings in his major-league debut and Randy Messenger gave up three runs in the fifth.

"If they can't pitch, they shouldn't be here," McKeon said.

After Florida scored twice to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth against Brett Myers, the Phillies came back with three runs in their half of the inning.

Chase Utley led off with a homer deep into the right-center field seats off Randy Messenger. After Ryan Howard walked, Mike Lieberthal lined a 1-0 pitch over the left-center field wall to give the Phillies a 6-4 lead.

"We left a lot of guys on base," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We played a little sloppy."

Bobby Abreu's RBI single in the first gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Myers helped himself with a bloop single in the second that made it 2-0, and Jimmy Rollins followed with an RBI double, giving Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.

Myers allowed four runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings, his second-shortest outing this season. The right-hander, who was outstanding early in the season, has struggled lately. He's 3-2 with a 4.80 ERA in his last eight starts.

Notes

Rollins had two doubles and a triple, extending his career-best hitting streak to 16 games. He was picked off first base in the eighth. ... Marlins rookie RF Jeremy Hermida struck out four times. ... Utley has 22 homers and 84 RBI, despite being platooned in the first two months. ... Conine is hitting .522 (12-for-23) against the Phillies this season. ... Burrell went 0-for-4 and stranded eight runners.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

M. Lieberthal
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Florida Marlins
Luis Castillo, 2B5010003 .299
Jeremy Hermida, RF5000041 .235
    Jim Mecir, P0000000 .000
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .500
Miguel Cabrera, 3B-LF5120000 .333
Carlos Delgado, 1B4331000 .295
Jeff Conine, LF-RF5231001 .314
Damion Easley, SS4132103 .248
Juan Pierre, CF4011112 .269
Matt Treanor, C3000001 .207
   a- Juan Encarnacion, PH1000013 .296
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
    Mike Lowell, 3B1000011 .234
Jason Vargas, P0000100 .286
    Josh Johnson, P1000010 .000
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .500
   b- Lenny Harris, PH1000000 .290
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   c- Paul Lo Duca, PH-C1012000 .295
Totals4071473815 
a-struck out for Treanor in the 7th
b-fouled out for Messenger in the 6th
c-singled for Resop in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Delgado (35, Myers), Jeff Conine (16, Myers), Damion Easley (19, Myers)
RBI - Carlos Delgado (101), Jeff Conine (26), Damion Easley 2 (30), Juan Pierre (43), Paul Lo Duca 2 (52)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Conine (10), Damion Easley (12), Paul Lo Duca 2 (20)
SB - Luis Castillo (10, 2nd base off Myers/Lieberthal), Damion Easley (4, 2nd base off Wagner/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Juan Pierre 1
DP - Cabrera-Delgado, Pierre-Cabrera, Castillo-Easley-Delgado
Florida Marlins
Jason Vargas 2533310 4.28
Josh Johnson 2100210 0.00
Randy Messenger (H,3) 1333112 4.55
Chris Resop (W,1-0) 1100010 6.75
Antonio Alfonseca (H,8) 1000000 3.68
Jim Mecir (H,13) 0.2000210 2.81
Todd Jones (S,36) 1.1100000 1.13
HBP - Bell (by Antonio Alfonseca), Abreu (by Jim Mecir)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 49-30, Josh Johnson 40-20, Randy Messenger 25-14, Chris Resop 14-11, Antonio Alfonseca 10-6, Jim Mecir 20-7, Todd Jones 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 2-2, Josh Johnson 2-3, Antonio Alfonseca 2-0, Todd Jones 4-0
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 13, Josh Johnson 9, Randy Messenger 7, Chris Resop 3, Antonio Alfonseca 3, Jim Mecir 4, Todd Jones 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4131100 .267
Jason Michaels, CF2000203 .311
Bobby Abreu, RF2021200 .297
Pat Burrell, LF4000128 .278
Chase Utley, 2B5121002 .286
David Bell, 3B2100100 .244
Ryan Howard, 1B4110103 .288
Mike Lieberthal, C4222011 .252
   a- Michael Tucker, PH1000001 .236
Brett Myers, P2011000 .143
    Geoff Geary, P1000010 .167
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Ugueth Urbina, P0000000 .000
   b- Kenny Lofton, PH1000010 .308
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .500
Totals3261168518 
a-grounded out for Lieberthal in the 9th
b-struck out for Urbina in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins 2 (26, Vargas, Vargas), Bobby Abreu (30, Resop), Mike Lieberthal (23, Vargas)
3B - Jimmy Rollins (9, Messenger)
HR - Chase Utley (22, Messenger), Mike Lieberthal (12, Messenger)
SH - Jason Michaels (2), David Bell (4)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (38), Bobby Abreu (91), Chase Utley (84), Mike Lieberthal 2 (41), Brett Myers (5)
PK - Jimmy Rollins (3, Mecir)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard
E - Pat Burrell 2 (7, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers 4.11144150 3.63
Geoff Geary 1.2000000 3.60
Ryan Madson (BS,5; L,6-5) 1333110 3.42
Ugueth Urbina 1000010 3.49
Billy Wagner 1000110 1.64
IBB - Pierre by Ryan Madson
HBP - Delgado (by Ryan Madson)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 93-57, Geoff Geary 11-10, Ryan Madson 24-13, Ugueth Urbina 12-8, Billy Wagner 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 5-3, Geoff Geary 1-3
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 25, Geoff Geary 4, Ryan Madson 8, Ugueth Urbina 3, Billy Wagner 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40479
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Mike DiMuro