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Phils hold off fading Marlins, take NL wild card lead

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Even when Ryan Howard doesn't get the big hit, the Philadelphia Phillies are getting contributions from backups and role players.

Carlos Ruiz and Jeff Conine each drove in three runs, Jon Lieber pitched seven solid innings and Philadelphia beat the Florida Marlins 8-6 Saturday to continue its playoff push.

The Phillies (81-73) have won nine of 11 and took over the NL wild-card lead with Los Angeles' 9-3 loss to Arizona.

Jimmy Rollins hit his 23rd homer, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley each went 4-for-5 and Howard drew two more intentional walks for 33 on the season.

Howard, who leads the majors with 58 homers, was 1-for-2. He singled in the third, was intentionally walked with two outs and a runner on first in the fourth, and struck out with runners at first and third in the sixth.

Howard was intentionally walked again in the eighth after a passed ball put runners on second and third with none out. Conine followed with a two-run double that was misplayed by right fielder Joe Borchard, giving the Phillies an 8-4 lead.

"Everybody knows they don't want to pitch to Howard, but they have to face the next guy," said Ruiz, a surprise starter at catcher instead of Mike Lieberthal or Chris Coste.

Lieber (9-10) allowed two runs and seven hits, striking out six for his fifth win in six decisions.

Borchard's two-run homer off Ryan Madson in the eighth pulled Florida to 6-4. But Madson got the final out of the inning and the Phillies added two insurance runs in the bottom half.

In the ninth inning, Florida's Miguel Olivo hit a leadoff home run and Hanley Ramirez added a one-out solo shot off Tom Gordon.

The Marlins' playoff hopes are fading following their eighth loss in 11 games. Florida, which became the first team in history to achieve a winning record after being 20 games below .500, fell to 76-79.

"They got the big hits when they needed to and Lieber shut us down," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said.

The Phillies scored three runs in the first inning against Brian Moehler (7-10).

Rollins and Victorino hit consecutive singles. Utley followed with an RBI single to make it 1-0. Howard was hit by a pitch, drawing a warning for both teams from plate umpire Bob Davidson because Florida's Miguel Cabrera was plunked in the top of the first.

After David Dellucci and Pat Burrell popped out, Ruiz slapped a two-run single to right for a 3-0 lead.

Ruiz made it 4-0 with an RBI double off the wall in left in the third. Utley and Howard hit consecutive singles to start the inning. Moehler again retired Dellucci and Burrell, but Ruiz came through with another key hit.

"He came up with big hits," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said about the rookie. "He's getting confidence in himself."

Alfredo Amezaga drove in Florida's first two runs with a groundout in the fourth and a two-out single in the sixth.

Rollins homered to right-center in the sixth and pinch-hitter Conine added an RBI single in the inning to make it 6-2.

"That's how you play winning baseball, everybody contributing," Rollins said.

Moehler allowed four runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Philadelphia is 35-19 since July 29, the day before it traded outfielder Bobby Abreu to the New York Yankees as part of a midseason roster purge.

Notes

  • Rollins has a career-best 74 RBI.
  • Ramirez, a rookie shortstop, made his 25th error in the third inning.
  • The Phillies are a season-best eight games over .500 and 40-39 at home.
  • Victorino and Utley each tied a career high with four hits.
 
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Jon Lieber gives the Phillies seven strong innings, allowing two runs while striking out six.  (AP)
Jon Lieber gives the Phillies seven strong innings, allowing two runs while striking out six. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Lieber
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 0
K 6
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5131000 .289
Dan Uggla, 2B5000022 .284
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4000003 .336
Josh Willingham, LF4000011 .279
Mike Jacobs, 1B3320100 .262
Joe Borchard, RF4122011 .231
Alfredo Amezaga, CF3012010 .262
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
   a- Wes Helms, PH1000000 .309
    Jose Garcia, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
Miguel Olivo, C4121022 .267
Brian Moehler, P1000001 .067
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Wood, PH1000000 .429
    Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .200
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Cody Ross, CF2000000 .237
Totals3761061710 
a-popped out for Messenger in the 8th
b-grounded out for Herges in the 5th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (44, Lieber), Mike Jacobs 2 (37, Lieber, Lieber)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (14, Gordon), Joe Borchard (10, Madson), Miguel Olivo (16, Gordon)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (56), Joe Borchard 2 (28), Alfredo Amezaga 2 (18), Miguel Olivo (58)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Borchard 2 (19), Alfredo Amezaga (5)
SB - Alfredo Amezaga (18, 2nd base off Lieber/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs, Uggla-H. Ramirez-Jacobs
PB - Miguel Olivo (10)
E - Hanley Ramirez (25, )
Florida Marlins
Brian Moehler (L,7-10) 3.1844110 6.22
Matt Herges 0.2100100 4.14
Yusmeiro Petit 1222111 9.13
Renyel Pinto 0.1100010 3.51
Randy Messenger 1.2100010 6.13
Jose Garcia0111000 13.50
Taylor Tankersley 1211200 3.03
IBB - Nunez by Brian Moehler, Howard by Matt Herges, Howard by Taylor Tankersley, by Ruiz
HBP - Howard (by Brian Moehler)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 65-39, Matt Herges 16-6, Yusmeiro Petit 26-14, Renyel Pinto 7-4, Randy Messenger 17-12, Jose Garcia 6-6, Taylor Tankersley 23-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 3-6, Yusmeiro Petit 1-1, Randy Messenger 4-0, Taylor Tankersley 1-1
Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 20, Matt Herges 3, Yusmeiro Petit 6, Renyel Pinto 2, Randy Messenger 6, Jose Garcia 1, Taylor Tankersley 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5221011 .276
Shane Victorino, CF5340000 .283
Chase Utley, 2B5341001 .307
Ryan Howard, 1B2010212 .313
David Dellucci, RF3010007 .294
   a- Jeff Conine, PH-LF2023000 .274
Pat Burrell, LF4000006 .249
    Michael Bourn, RF0000000 .000
   b- Chris Coste, PH1000002 .316
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C4023100 .254
Abraham Nunez, 3B2000203 .210
Jon Lieber, P3000024 .078
   c- Randall Simon, PH1000001 .200
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .182
    Chris Roberson, RF0000000 .200
Totals3781685427 
a-singled for Dellucci in the 6th
b-flied out for Bourn in the 8th
c-grounded out for Lieber in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jeff Conine (26, Tankersley), Carlos Ruiz (1, Moehler)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (23, Petit)
SH - Abraham Nunez (3)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (74), Chase Utley (94), Jeff Conine 3 (65), Carlos Ruiz 3 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Ruiz 3 (8)
Team LOB - 12
Philadelphia Phillies
Jon Lieber (W,9-10) 7722060 4.92
Ryan Madson 1122101 5.93
Tom Gordon 1222012 3.30
HBP - Cabrera (by Jon Lieber)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lieber 91-63, Ryan Madson 17-9, Tom Gordon 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lieber 11-4, Ryan Madson 1-2, Tom Gordon 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lieber 29, Ryan Madson 5, Tom Gordon 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37055
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jerry Layne