Utley homered and extended his hitting streak to 31 games, and Howard hit his NL-leading 35th homer to help the Philadelphia Phillies complete a doubleheader sweep over the Florida Marlins 9-2 Sunday night.
"I think our guys are up," manager Charlie Manuel said. "They don't want to lose teammates, but they had a lot of life today."
With Abreu traded earlier in the day to the New York Yankees, Utley and Howard continued to show they are the future of the franchise.
Utley extended the longest hitting streak in the major leagues this season with a sixth-inning RBI single that chased Marlins starter Brian Moehler (5-8). Utley, who tied the second longest streak in team history, scored on Howard's two-run homer off Renyel Pinto.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has the longest streak at 38 games -- the final 36 of last season and the first two this year. Ed Delahanty had a 31-game run in 1899.
Utley added a solo shot, his 21st, in the seventh inning for an 8-2 lead. Howard then narrowly missed his second homer of the game, doubling off the 401-foot sign in center field.
Utley doubled and tripled in the first game of the doubleheader.
Ryan Madson (9-7) allowed two runs, struck out six and walked none in six innings. Pat Burrell and Rollins also homered for the Phillies. Burrell added an RBI single in the seventh.
"I guess there's some kind of plan going on, but right now with all the guys in the clubhouse, that's what we've got, so that's what we're going out with," Howard said.
Josh Willingham hit his 15th homer of the season and third in the doubleheader for the Marlins.
"It's a long season and the pressure is new for a lot of our guys," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "I've told them September will be the toughest month."
Rollins' 12th homer of the year in the sixth tied it at two. Shane Victorino added a pinch-hit, two-run single, keying a six-run sixth against three Marlins pitchers.
In his first start since July 1 after going on the disabled list with a sprained right foot, Moehler allowed four runs and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings.
The Phillies played both games without Abreu, who watched the first game from the dugout.
The Phillies have won five of six and trail Cincinnati by five games in the wild-card standings.
"We're still in the wild card," general manager Pat Gillick said.
|Chase Utley extends his hitting streak with this single and also hits a solo home run in the victory. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Alfredo Amezaga, CF-2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.296|
|Logan Kensing, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Borowski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.322|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.288|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.263|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.288|
|Randy Messenger, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Reggie Abercrombie, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.213|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||3||0||2||0||1||0||1||.262|
|Matt Treanor, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.215|
|Brian Moehler, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.087|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Borchard, RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.226|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (24, Castro)|
|3B - Alfredo Amezaga (2, Madson)|
|HR - Josh Willingham (15, Madson)|
|RBI - Dan Uggla (59), Josh Willingham (53)|
|SB - Mike Jacobs (3, 2nd base off Madson/Coste), Hanley Ramirez (30, 2nd base off Madson/Coste)|
|CS - Dan Uggla (5, 2nd base by Madson/Coste)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Brian Moehler (L,5-8)||5.1||5||4||4||0||6||2||6.83|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 91-61, Renyel Pinto 6-3, Randy Messenger 40-22, Logan Kensing 6-4, Joe Borowski 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 5-5, Randy Messenger 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 21, Renyel Pinto 1, Randy Messenger 10, Logan Kensing 2, Joe Borowski 3|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||1||1||1||0||0||2||.264|
|David Dellucci, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.307|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||2||2||2||0||0||0||.327|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||2||3||2||0||1||0||.287|
|Pat Burrell, LF||4||1||2||2||0||1||1||.262|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Fabio Castro, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.259|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.165|
|Chris Coste, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Ryan Madson, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.188|
|a- Shane Victorino, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.261|
|Rick White, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Michael Bourn, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Madson in the 6th|
|2B - Ryan Howard (14, Messenger)|
|3B - David Dellucci (4, Moehler)|
|HR - Jimmy Rollins (12, Moehler), Chase Utley (21, Messenger), Ryan Howard (35, Pinto), Pat Burrell (22, Moehler)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins (36), Chase Utley 2 (69), Ryan Howard 2 (87), Pat Burrell 2 (68), Shane Victorino 2 (19)|
|2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (14)|
|SB - Aaron Rowand (5, 2nd base off Messenger/Treanor)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard|
|Ryan Madson (W,9-7)||6||8||2||2||0||6||1||5.99|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Madson 84-58, Rick White 17-12, Arthur Rhodes 11-8, Fabio Castro 20-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Madson 7-3, Rick White 1-1, Arthur Rhodes 2-1, Fabio Castro 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Madson 24, Rick White 5, Arthur Rhodes 3, Fabio Castro 4|
|Attendance - 23604|
|Game Time - 2:51|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gary Darling|