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Utley extends streak to 29 as Phillies hammer Willis, Marlins

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PHILADELPHIA -- With trade rumors swirling around the Philadelphia Phillies, a trio of players showed why they won't be going anywhere.

Ryan Howard hit his NL-leading 34th homer, Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 29 games and Cole Hamels pitched 7 1/3 solid innings to lead Philadelphia over the Florida Marlins 12-3 on Saturday night.

Utley singled, homered and drove in three runs, and Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand also connected, helping the Phillies send Dontrelle Willis to his earliest exit in 2½ years. Utley's hitting streak is the longest in the major leagues this season.

The underachieving Phillies (47-54) have won three of four, but are 6½ games behind Cincinnati in the NL wild-card race and are actively seeking to deal some of their higher-priced veterans before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline.

Howard, Utley and Hamels are untouchables, while nearly everyone else could be available.

"No trades tonight," manager Charlie Manuel said.

That could change by Monday.

Hamels (3-5) allowed three runs and five hits, striking out seven in the longest start in his brief career. The rookie left-hander left after Joe Borchard hit a hard one-hopper off his left leg in the eighth inning. Hamels has a bruise below his knee but X-rays were negative.

"I'll be fine," Hamels said.

Willis (6-8) gave up eight runs -- six earned -- and five hits in 2 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since lasting just one inning against San Francisco on April 30, 2004.

"I was just bad," Willis said. "I didn't do the job."

The left-hander won his first three career starts against the Phillies, but has lost four straight, posting a 9.26 ERA in that span.

Willis unraveled in the third inning, allowing seven runs after making a throwing error on what might have been an inning-ending double-play bouncer to the mound by Rowand.

Willis walked Danny Sandoval to start the inning. Hamels forced Sandoval out at second on a bunt. Shane Victorino was hit by a pitch and Rowand hit one back to Willis, who made a wild throw to second base. Hamels came around to score the go-ahead run, Rowand reached second and Victorino went to third.

Utley followed with a soft liner up the middle to drive in two runs and keep his streak going. After Burrell walked, Howard lined a three-run shot over the right-center wall to put the Phillies ahead 7-1.

"I don't think that was him out there," Howard said of Willis.

Chris Coste walked and Abraham Nunez and Sandoval hit consecutive singles to chase Willis. Hamels' sacrifice fly to center field made it 8-1.

Utley hit his 20th homer in the fourth inning off Jason Vargas. The All-Star second baseman is hitting .403 (50-for-124) during his streak. A fan favorite in tough-minded Philly, Utley was even cheered after striking out in the sixth.

"He's a great young hitter," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said.

Burrell, among those mentioned in trade rumors, hit his 21st homer on Willis' first pitch of the second inning to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Burrell appeared to break his bat on the swing, but still drove the ball into the flower bed just over the left-field wall.

The Marlins tied it at 1-1 on a sacrifice fly to second base by Dan Uggla in the third inning. With runners at first and third, Uggla lofted a shallow fly to right field. Utley caught it backtracking and couldn't make a throw to the plate as Miguel Olivo scored easily.

Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning for Florida.

Since starting 11-31, the Marlins have the best record in the NL at 37-23.

Hamels struck out 12 in the first five innings in his previous start against Atlanta, but couldn't get past the sixth. He gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Notes

  • The seven-run third inning was Philadelphia's biggest this season.
  • Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a strained right hamstring.
  • Sandoval's single in the third was his first major league hit. Hamels' RBI in that inning was his first.
  • Willis, who was 22-10 last season, hasn't won since July 7.
 
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Philly's Chase Utley singles and homers to extend his hitting streak to 29 straight games.  (AP)
Philly's Chase Utley singles and homers to extend his hitting streak to 29 straight games. (AP)

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Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
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C. Coste
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010000 .260
Dan Uggla, 2B2001110 .300
Miguel Cabrera, 3B2110100 .325
    Alfredo Amezaga, 3B1000012 .271
Cody Ross, CF3000013 .258
    Joe Borchard, RF1000000 .227
Josh Willingham, LF4112021 .253
Wes Helms, 1B3010110 .269
Jeremy Hermida, RF3000011 .295
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Treanor, PH1000001 .214
Miguel Olivo, C4110001 .286
Dontrelle Willis, P0000000 .105
    Jason Vargas, P1000000 .313
   b- Reggie Abercrombie, PH-CF1000000 .214
Totals30353379 
a-popped out for Resop in the 9th
b-fouled out for Vargas in the 7th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (31, Hamels)
HR - Josh Willingham (12, Hamels)
SF - Dan Uggla (6)
SH - Dontrelle Willis (3)
RBI - Dan Uggla (58), Josh Willingham 2 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Willingham 2 (14)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (29, 2nd base off Hamels/Coste)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Helms, Uggla-H. Ramirez-Helms
E - Dontrelle Willis (4, )
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis (L,6-8) 2.1586322 4.27
Jason Vargas 3.2344312 7.33
Chris Resop 2300100 2.25
HBP - Victorino (by Dontrelle Willis), Howard (by Chris Resop)
WP - Jason Vargas (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 61-33, Jason Vargas 64-33, Chris Resop 33-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 4-2, Jason Vargas 3-7, Chris Resop 3-1
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 17, Jason Vargas 17, Chris Resop 9
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, RF4100003 .259
Aaron Rowand, CF5221000 .256
Chase Utley, 2B5223011 .324
Pat Burrell, LF2311300 .259
Ryan Howard, 1B3213110 .282
Chris Coste, C4122100 .339
Abraham Nunez, 3B5010014 .158
Danny Sandoval, SS2010200 .500
Cole Hamels, P3111002 .118
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Fabio Castro, P0000000 .000
Totals331211117310 
Batting
2B - Chris Coste (4, Vargas)
HR - Aaron Rowand (10, Vargas), Chase Utley (20, Vargas), Pat Burrell (21, Willis), Ryan Howard (34, Willis)
SF - Cole Hamels (1)
RBI - Aaron Rowand (37), Chase Utley 3 (67), Pat Burrell (66), Ryan Howard 3 (85), Chris Coste 2 (14), Cole Hamels (1)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Coste 2 (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Sandoval-Utley-Howard, Castro-Sandoval-Howard
E - Ryan Howard (13, ), Abraham Nunez (2, )
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,3-5) 7.1533271 5.71
Ryan Franklin 0.2000000 4.58
Fabio Castro 1000100 2.70
IBB - Cabrera by Cole Hamels
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 115-75, Fabio Castro 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 7-10, Ryan Franklin 1-0, Fabio Castro 1-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 31, Ryan Franklin 1, Fabio Castro 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31072
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Ed Hickox