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Nunez's 10th-inning single sends Phils to victory; Myers hurt

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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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."

Jimmy Rollins led off the 10th with a single, advanced on Rowand's bloop single and took third when center fielder Alfredo Amezaga misplayed the ball for Florida's third error.

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.

Clay Condrey (2-0) replaced Myers. With the bases loaded, Todd Linden lined to Condrey, sending the game into extra innings.

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."

Ramirez scored on Aaron Boone's single to left, even though Jayson Werth's throw home easily beat the runner.

"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 Phillies broke a 3-all tie with a run in the sixth thanks to four walks, the last by Taylor Tankersley to Shane Victorino with the bases loaded.

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.

Notes

  • Kim avoided hurting any of the Phillies -- barely. He flung his bat into the Philadelphia dugout when he swung at a pitch and missed in the third. In the fourth he made a putout at first to retire Victorino, who then ran into Kim and went tumbling up the foul line.
  • A foul ball by Rollins hit Utley standing on deck in the eighth.
  • Marlins 1B Boone hit a 420-foot flyout to center in the second.
  • 3B Miguel Cabrera made a poor throw in the second for his ninth error, most on the Marlins.
 
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Phils closer Brett Myers exits the contest in the ninth with a strained right shoulder.  (AP)
Phils closer Brett Myers exits the contest in the ninth with a strained right shoulder. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Michael Bourn, LF1100212 .238
   a- Jayson Werth, PH-LF1011200 .279
Shane Victorino, RF5001115 .260
Jimmy Rollins, SS6110025 .265
Chase Utley, 2B5232104 .300
Aaron Rowand, CF6121012 .331
Greg Dobbs, 1B5010124 .290
Abraham Nunez, 3B3321301 .315
Rod Barajas, C5011015 .208
    Carlos Ruiz, C1000002 .261
Freddy Garcia, P1000100 .231
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
   b- Pat Burrell, PH1000010 .242
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
   c- Wes Helms, PH1011000 .272
    Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
Totals418128119  
a-walked for Bourn in the 6th
b-struck out for Geary in the 8th
c-singled for Alfonseca in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Dobbs
Philadelphia Phillies
Freddy Garcia 6533342 4.81
Geoff Geary (H,6) 1100010 4.30
Antonio Alfonseca (H,7) 1100010 4.79
Brett Myers 0.2444120 5.50
Clay Condrey (W,2-0) 1.1100000 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
Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, CF5110000 .229
Dan Uggla, 2B6333011 .258
Hanley Ramirez, SS4233010 .345
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5010124 .317
Josh Willingham, LF2000211 .285
    Reggie Abercrombie, PR-LF0000000 .214
Jeremy Hermida, RF5000016 .303
Aaron Boone, 1B4021010 .296
Matt Treanor, C3000001 .148
   a- Miguel Olivo, PH-C1000101 .218
Byung-Hyun Kim, P2000010 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Borchard, PH1010000 .198
    Lee Gardner, P0000000 .000
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
   c- Todd Linden, PH2110003 .183
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Totals40712748  
a-fouled out for Treanor in the 8th
b-doubled for Miller in the 7th
c-singled for Messenger in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
E - Alfredo Amezaga (2, Misplayed grounder), Miguel Cabrera (9, Throwing), Byung-Hyun Kim (1, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Byung-Hyun Kim 5.1544641 7.02
Taylor Tankersley 0.2000210 5.40
Justin Miller 1000110 0.00
Lee Gardner 1.2333220 4.24
Randy Messenger 0.1100000 3.50
Kevin Gregg (L,0-2) 1310010 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
Game Information
Attendance - 11575
Game Time - 3:55
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez