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MIAMI -- The ninth inning will be remembered as the Philadelphia Phillies' fiasco.
"It was a mess," catcher Rob Barajas said.
"The weirdest inning of all time," center fielder Aaron Rowand said.
"No comment," closer Brett Myers said.
For the Phillies, the ninth-inning toll Wednesday included two ejections, two defensive gaffes, an injury to Myers and a blown four-run lead. They regrouped in the 10th, when Abraham Nunez singled home the tie-breaking run with two out for an 8-7 victory over Florida.
"I've seen a lot of crazy things in baseball," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "It ranks with the rest of them."
Because they won, the Phils were sheepish rather than distraught.
"It feels like a win," Manuel said. "I don't know how, but we got it."
Nunez's single off Kevin Gregg (0-2) scored the unearned run. He finished 2-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored.
Hanley Ramirez scored the tying run in the ninth when he slid under Barajas, who stood waiting with the ball but failed to crouch low enough to make the tag for the game's final out. Barajas and Manuel disputed the call and were ejected, but Manuel later acknowledged TV replays showed Ramirez was indeed safe.
"I couldn't believe we didn't get the guy at the plate," Manuel said.
Two pitches later, Myers threw a wild pitch, immediately grabbed his arm above the elbow and quickly departed for the clubhouse.
"It didn't feel right," he said. "I felt weird out. It was one of those things where, `I'd better not throw another pitch. Something might happen."'
Myers might return to Philadelphia for further examination, the Phillies said.
Condrey pitched a scoreless 10th, and the Phillies climbed to .500 for the fourth time in the past week. They haven't been above .500 all season.
Florida trailed 7-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, but Linden and Amezaga singled off Myers, and both scored on a triple by Dan Uggla.
"All of a sudden, things started going haywire," Manuel said. "I'm thinking, `The game is kind of slipping away from us."'
Ramirez bunted to first baseman Greg Dobbs, who decided against taking the sure out at first and instead went home. His ill-advised throw was too late for a play on Uggla, allowing Ramirez to reach and making the score 7-6.
"I still can't grasp what I did," Dobbs said. "It might be the stupidest play in the history of baseball."
"Just a strange night," Boone said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't finish it off. It would have been a pretty good win."
Ramirez hit his seventh homer and drove in three runs for Florida. Uggla hit his ninth homer, went 3-for-6 and drove in three runs.
But the Marlins, who had won their past four games, walked 11. Byung-Hyun Kim, making his second start for Florida, walked six and allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.
The Phils added three runs in the ninth. Chase Utley tripled and scored on Rowand's double, and Wes Helms and Werth added RBI singles.
Philadelphia's Michael Bourn, making his first major-league start, walked to start the first. He stole second and took third on an errant pickoff throw before Utley hit a two-out homer.
Florida's comeback denied Freddy Garcia his first win since April 22. He allowed five hits and three runs in six innings.
|Phils closer Brett Myers exits the contest in the ninth with a strained right shoulder. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, LF||1||1||0||0||2||1||2||.238|
|a- Jayson Werth, PH-LF||1||0||1||1||2||0||0||.279|
|Shane Victorino, RF||5||0||0||1||1||1||5||.260|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||6||1||1||0||0||2||5||.265|
|Chase Utley, 2B||5||2||3||2||1||0||4||.300|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||6||1||2||1||0||1||2||.331|
|Greg Dobbs, 1B||5||0||1||0||1||2||4||.290|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||3||3||2||1||3||0||1||.315|
|Rod Barajas, C||5||0||1||1||0||1||5||.208|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.261|
|Freddy Garcia, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.231|
|Geoff Geary, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Pat Burrell, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.242|
|Antonio Alfonseca, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Wes Helms, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.272|
|Brett Myers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Clay Condrey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Bourn in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Geary in the 8th|
|c-singled for Alfonseca in the 9th|
|2B - Aaron Rowand (11, Gardner), Abraham Nunez (6, Kim)|
|3B - Chase Utley (1, Gardner)|
|HR - Chase Utley (9, Kim)|
|SH - Freddy Garcia (2)|
|RBI - Jayson Werth (7), Shane Victorino (18), Chase Utley 2 (36), Aaron Rowand (24), Abraham Nunez (9), Rod Barajas (5), Wes Helms (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth (4), Chase Utley 2 (15), Abraham Nunez (4), Wes Helms (7)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (5, 2nd base off Kim/Treanor)|
|Team LOB - 15|
|DP - Rollins-Utley-Dobbs|
|Geoff Geary (H,6)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.30|
|Antonio Alfonseca (H,7)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.79|
|Clay Condrey (W,2-0)||1.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||7.56|
|IBB - Cabrera by Freddy Garcia|
|HBP - A. Boone (by Freddy Garcia), H. Ramirez (by Geoff Geary), Willingham (by Brett Myers)|
|WP - Brett Myers (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 112-70, Geoff Geary 16-9, Antonio Alfonseca 13-8, Brett Myers 27-16, Clay Condrey 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 6-7, Geoff Geary 2-0, Brett Myers 1-0, Clay Condrey 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 26, Geoff Geary 5, Antonio Alfonseca 4, Brett Myers 9, Clay Condrey 5|
|Alfredo Amezaga, CF||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||.229|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||6||3||3||3||0||1||1||.258|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||2||3||3||0||1||0||.345|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||5||0||1||0||1||2||4||.317|
|Josh Willingham, LF||2||0||0||0||2||1||1||.285|
|Reggie Abercrombie, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.214|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||6||.303|
|Aaron Boone, 1B||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.296|
|Matt Treanor, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.148|
|a- Miguel Olivo, PH-C||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.218|
|Byung-Hyun Kim, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Taylor Tankersley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Justin Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Joe Borchard, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.198|
|Lee Gardner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Randy Messenger, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Todd Linden, PH||2||1||1||0||0||0||3||.183|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-fouled out for Treanor in the 8th|
|b-doubled for Miller in the 7th|
|c-singled for Messenger in the 9th|
|2B - Dan Uggla (18, Garcia), Joe Borchard (6, Geary)|
|3B - Dan Uggla (2, Myers)|
|HR - Dan Uggla (9, Garcia), Hanley Ramirez (7, Garcia)|
|SH - Alfredo Amezaga (2), Hanley Ramirez (2)|
|RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (28), Hanley Ramirez 3 (12), Aaron Boone (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (4), Aaron Boone (8)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|E - Alfredo Amezaga (2, Misplayed grounder), Miguel Cabrera (9, Throwing), Byung-Hyun Kim (1, Throwing)|
|Kevin Gregg (L,0-2)||1||3||1||0||0||1||0||2.25|
|IBB - Nunez by Lee Gardner|
|Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 108-61, Taylor Tankersley 22-9, Justin Miller 22-14, Lee Gardner 31-16, Randy Messenger 8-5, Kevin Gregg 21-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 8-4, Lee Gardner 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 27, Taylor Tankersley 4, Justin Miller 4, Lee Gardner 10, Randy Messenger 2, Kevin Gregg 6|
|Attendance - 11575|
|Game Time - 3:55|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez|