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Sleep-deprived Phillies mow down Marlins to stay in wild-card hunt

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- The Philadelphia Phillies want to keep playing next week, even if they are desperate for some rest.

Needing sleep, but needing a win more, the Phillies stayed in the NL wild-card race Friday night by drubbing the Florida Marlins 14-2.

The victory came barely 12 hours after the Phils arrived at their team hotel following a second successive late-night finish in Washington. Thursday night's 3-1 loss ended at 2:07 a.m., and the Phillies reached their team hotel in Fort Lauderdale at 8:20.

But they hardly looked bleary-eyed. Philadelphia totaled 18 hits, including five by Shane Victorino and two homers by Pat Burrell, and remained two games behind Los Angeles and San Diego, the wild-card and NL West co-leaders, with two games left in the regular season. One more loss would eliminate the Phillies, who also would be knocked out if the Dodgers and Padres both win one more game.

"Definitely everyone is tired," Victorino said. "We found a way to do it and overcome what happened last night and put up 14 runs."

The Dodgers began a three-game series at San Francisco by rallying in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win Friday night.

"We need Barry Bonds to get hot," Phils second baseman Chase Utley said.

Burrell was hot for Philadelphia. He hit a three-run homer following an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, then added a solo homer, giving him 29 this year. That broke the Phils' franchise record of 215 homers set in 2004.

Burrell reached base five times and scored four runs. Victorino had a career-high five hits by the sixth inning and finished 5-for-6, driving in three runs.

The only Phils starter to go hitless was Howard, who went 0-for-3 with two walks to remain at 58 homers.

"You would think they would come out weak and not ready to play," Marlins catcher Matt Treanor said. "But that wasn't the case. Those guys know what they have on the line."

Even Jamie Moyer (5-2) had a hit -- and scored his first run this year. He allowed one run, departing after five innings with a 13-1 lead and beating Florida for the third time this month.

Moyer accompanied the team on its trip Friday morning, rather than flying to Florida a day ahead of his start, as pitchers sometimes do.

"The travel and lack of sleep is overrated," Moyer said. "When you get to this point in the season, you've got to go out and play. Everybody is tired; every game means something."

Brian Moehler (7-11) gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings, hiking his ERA to 6.57. Florida fell to 5-12 against Philadelphia this year.

"They've beat up on us all year," manager Joe Girardi said. "I'm tired of it, and I know our players are tired of it."

The young Marlins have won only four of their past 16 games, but there's still some intrigue surrounding their final series. Miguel Cabrera is challenging for the NL batting title, several players are bidding for rookie of the year and Girardi is expected to be fired after the season.

Cabrera was robbed of a hit by right fielder David Dellucci, but finished 1-for-3, dropping his average to .340. Pittsburgh's Freddy Sanchez leads the NL at .345.

Florida rookie Hanley Ramirez led off the first with a triple and scored on Cabrera's sacrifice fly, but the lead didn't last long. Burrell started the second with a double and scored on Abraham Nunez's groundout.

Victorino doubled in the third, and with two outs, Girardi ordered Howard walked. Burrell homered on the next pitch, then homered again in a three-run fifth for a 13-1 lead.

The game took 3 hours, 28 minutes and ended at 10:38 p.m., capping a long day for the Phillies.

"It's never long," manager Charlie Manuel said, "when you win."

Notes

  • Moehler went 0-6 in his final eight starts.
  • With his 100th run scored, Utley became the 21st player to reach 130 runs, 200 hits, 30 home runs and 100 RBI.
  • Burrell's multihomer game was his 14th.
 
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Shane Victorino and skipper Charlie Manuel are smiling as a win keeps postseason hopes alive.  (AP)
Shane Victorino and skipper Charlie Manuel are smiling as a win keeps postseason hopes alive. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 6
R 3
H 5
HR 0
RBI 3
Philadelphia

P. Burrell
AB 3
R 4
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4321100 .280
   a- Danny Sandoval, PH-SS1010000 .212
Shane Victorino, CF6353001 .289
Chase Utley, 2B5111014 .310
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
   b- Randall Simon, PH1000011 .250
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
Ryan Howard, 1B3101203 .313
    Jose Hernandez, PR-1B1000000 .265
Pat Burrell, LF3434200 .258
    Chris Roberson, PR-RF1000010 .195
David Dellucci, RF-LF5021013 .292
Chris Coste, C5022103 .328
Abraham Nunez, 3B5111114 .210
Jamie Moyer, P3110004 .095
   c- Joe Thurston, PH-2B2000000 .222
Totals451418147523 
a-doubled for Rollins in the 8th
b-struck out for White in the 8th
c-fouled out for Moyer in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (45, Moehler), Danny Sandoval (1, Resop), Shane Victorino 2 (18, Moehler, Petit), Pat Burrell (24, Moehler), Chris Coste (13, Herges)
3B - Jimmy Rollins (9, Petit), Shane Victorino (8, Petit)
HR - Pat Burrell 2 (29, Moehler, Petit)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (83), Shane Victorino 3 (46), Chase Utley (102), Ryan Howard (147), Pat Burrell 4 (95), David Dellucci (39), Chris Coste 2 (32), Abraham Nunez (30)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (19), Pat Burrell 4 (35), David Dellucci (3), Chris Coste 2 (14)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Abraham Nunez (7, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (W,11-14) 5411230 4.30
Rick White 2100020 5.23
Clay Condrey 1211110 3.38
Brian Sanches 1100110 6.20
IBB - Treanor by Jamie Moyer
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 87-53, Rick White 27-19, Clay Condrey 29-21, Brian Sanches 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 4-9, Rick White 4-0, Clay Condrey 1-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 22, Rick White 7, Clay Condrey 6, Brian Sanches 5
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5130011 .294
Dan Uggla, 2B4010112 .281
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3111102 .340
Josh Willingham, LF3000002 .276
    Joe Borchard, RF-LF2010012 .235
Wes Helms, 1B2000110 .323
    Jason Wood, 1B1010000 .500
Cody Ross, RF-LF3000013 .231
    Reggie Abercrombie, RF1000013 .213
Alfredo Amezaga, CF3010000 .262
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeremy Hermida, PH1001000 .252
    Paul Hoover, C0000000 .500
Matt Treanor, C3000102 .219
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
Brian Moehler, P1000002 .065
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Aguila, PH1000001 .220
    Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .200
    Eric Reed, CF2000010 .103
Totals352824720 
a-grounded out for Resop in the 8th
b-popped out for Herges in the 4th
Batting
2B - Alfredo Amezaga (9, Moyer)
3B - Hanley Ramirez (11, Moyer)
SF - Miguel Cabrera (4)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (113), Jeremy Hermida (28)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Miguel Cabrera (17, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Brian Moehler (L,7-11) 3.1777201 6.57
Matt Herges 0.2333200 4.43
Yusmeiro Petit 2544121 9.57
Chris Resop 2100220 3.38
Randy Messenger 1200010 5.71
IBB - Howard by Brian Moehler, Nunez by Matt Herges
HBP - Dellucci (by Matt Herges)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 65-38, Matt Herges 28-14, Yusmeiro Petit 44-26, Chris Resop 48-28, Randy Messenger 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 6-4, Matt Herges 1-1, Yusmeiro Petit 1-3, Chris Resop 1-3
Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 19, Matt Herges 8, Yusmeiro Petit 12, Chris Resop 9, Randy Messenger 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23417
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Joe West