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Phillies erupt for 10 runs in ninth, end Willis' winning streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Once the Philadelphia Phillies broke up Dontrelle Willis' shutout in the ninth inning, there was no stopping them.

Thanks in part to the Florida Marlins' inept bullpen and defense, the first 10 batters in the ninth reached base, and Philadelphia scored 10 times to win 10-2 Saturday afternoon.

"It was strange," Philadelphia's Pat Burrell said. "Willis pitched a heck of a game. The way things were going, it didn't look good."

Willis (21-9) was on the verge of becoming baseball's first 22-game winner when he took a three-hitter and a 2-0 lead into the ninth. Instead, his streak of victories in six consecutive starts ended.

"When you get a well-pitched game, it's tough to just give it away and play like the Bad News Bears in that one inning," manager Jack McKeon said.

The Phillies won for the sixth time in seven games and remained a half-game behind Houston in the NL wild-card race after the Astros beat Milwaukee 7-0. The stunned Marlins fell 2½ games back with their fourth consecutive loss, and the latest was the kind that can have a lingering effect.

Florida allowed four unearned runs in a nightmarish ninth, committing four errors -- a team record for one inning -- and at least two other fielding lapses.

"I haven't seen anything like it. I can't even explain it," center fielder Juan Pierre said. "It looked like we had everything in hand. To see the wheels fall off, it's a tough one to swallow, especially at this time of year."

Todd Jones blew a save for the first time in his past 28 chances. He faced five batters, gave up five runs and committed a throwing error that allowed Philadelphia to score the go-ahead run.

"If you want to play in the playoffs, you can't do what we did today," Jones said. "When you don't pitch and don't play defense, you're not going to win. I did a little bit of not doing both."

Jimmy Rollins started the comeback with a single leading off the ninth, extending his hitting streak to 23 games, longest in the NL this year. Jason Michaels walked -- the only base on balls allowed by Willis -- and second baseman Luis Castillo failed to glove Bobby Abreu's sharp grounder for an error, scoring a run.

Jones came on to face Burrell, whose short fly dropped in front of Pierre for an RBI single. With runners at first and second, Chase Utley bunted, and Jones made a wild, off-balance throw to first that sailed down the right-field line, putting the Phillies ahead 3-2.

David Bell hit a fly similar to Burrell's, and the ball dropped just beyond Castillo's reach for a single, scoring another run as jeers from the crowd of 27,203 grew louder.

"Things started to go our way," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who earned his 300th career win. "When that second ball to center field fell in, I said, 'Man, this is all right.'"

McKeon said the bloopers hit by Burrell and Bell probably should have both been caught.

Mike Lieberthal followed with an RBI single, and pinch-hitter Ryan Howard hit a grounder that rolled between the legs of first baseman Jeff Conine for another error, scoring another run for a 6-2 Phillies lead.

Pinch-hitter Michael Tucker singled off Ron Villone to load the bases, and Rollins hit a two-run single. Endy Chavez and Shane Victorino, who entered the game as pinch runners in the ninth, closed out the scoring with RBI singles.

Willis watched the meltdown from the dugout but refused to blame his teammates for costing him win No. 22.

"I'm disappointed in myself," he said. "I feel like I let my team down today because we lost the game."

Going back to last weekend, the Phillies have scored 52 runs in their past five games against Florida. Philadelphia, 10-8 against the Marlins this year with one game left, is assured of winning the season series for the first time since 2001.

In the wake of the Phillies' latest victory, McKeon said they reminded him of the 2003 World Series champion Marlins.

"We gave them an opening," McKeon said, "and they cashed in."

Notes

  • The Marlins recalled infielder Joe Dillon from Triple-A Albuquerque.
  • Willis batted eighth, making him the first starting pitcher to bat anywhere other than ninth for the Marlins. He's the first in the majors since Tomo Ohka batted eighth for Montreal on May 30, 2004. Rookie shortstop Robert Andino batted ninth for Florida.
  • Felo Ramirez, a Spanish-language radio announcer for 60 years, was honored during the pregame ceremony. He has been with the Marlins since their first game in 1993.
 
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Former Marlins reliever Ugueth Urbina leads the cheers after the Phillies rally to defeat Florida.  (AP)
Former Marlins reliever Ugueth Urbina leads the cheers after the Phillies rally to defeat Florida. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Florida

D. Willis
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 7
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5222000 .279
Jason Michaels, CF4100122 .308
Bobby Abreu, RF4000030 .298
    Endy Chavez, PR-LF1111000 .217
Pat Burrell, LF4021000 .283
    Shane Victorino, PR-RF0101000 .250
Chase Utley, 2B5110012 .283
David Bell, 3B4131000 .247
Mike Lieberthal, C4111002 .253
Ramon Martinez, 1B3000001 .278
   a- Ryan Howard, PH-1B1100000 .286
Vicente Padilla, P2000021 .158
   b- Todd Pratt, PH1000000 .256
    Ugueth Urbina, P0000000 .000
   c- Michael Tucker, PH1110000 .240
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .333
Totals3910117188 
a-grounded out for Martinez in the 9th
b-popped out for Padilla in the 8th
c-singled for Urbina in the 9th
Batting
SF - Shane Victorino (1)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (46), Endy Chavez (11), Pat Burrell (111), Shane Victorino (2), David Bell (54), Mike Lieberthal (45)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Michaels 1
DP - Rollins-Utley-Martinez
E - David Bell (20, Wild throw), Chase Utley (12, Wild throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
Vicente Padilla 7410370 4.43
Ugueth Urbina (W,5-5) 1111110 3.59
Aaron Fultz 1200110 2.14
IBB - Delgado by Ugueth Urbina
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 120-76, Ugueth Urbina 25-14, Aaron Fultz 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 9-5, Aaron Fultz 1-1
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 28, Ugueth Urbina 5, Aaron Fultz 6
Florida Marlins
Luis Castillo, 2B4020011 .297
Juan Pierre, CF4120101 .270
Miguel Cabrera, LF5000014 .324
Carlos Delgado, 1B2011201 .306
    Juan Encarnacion, PR-RF0000000 .288
Jeff Conine, RF-1B3001023 .304
Paul Lo Duca, C4000024 .292
Mike Lowell, 3B4010010 .232
Dontrelle Willis, P3000011 .250
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .500
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .500
   a- Josh Willingham, PH0000100 .300
Robert Andino, SS3110111 .111
Totals322725916 
a-walked for Messenger in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Delgado (39, Padilla), Robert Andino (1, Padilla)
SF - Jeff Conine (6)
SH - Luis Castillo (18)
RBI - Carlos Delgado (108), Jeff Conine (29)
SB - Juan Pierre (51, 2nd base off Urbina/Lieberthal), Juan Encarnacion (4, 2nd base off Urbina/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Luis Castillo (6, Misplayed grounder), Jeff Conine (7, Misplayed grounder), Todd Jones (1, Wild throw), Juan Pierre (3, Wild throw)
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis (L,21-9) 8432170 2.48
Todd Jones (BS,3)0454000 1.64
Ron Villone 0.1320010 4.19
Randy Messenger 0.2000000 4.55
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 119-75, Todd Jones 9-6, Ron Villone 14-9, Randy Messenger 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 8-10, Todd Jones 1-0, Randy Messenger 1-1
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 30, Todd Jones 5, Ron Villone 4, Randy Messenger 2
Game Information
Attendance - 27203
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 96
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Bill Welke