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PHILADELPHIA -- Some closers hear the music of heavy metal bands or the ominous tolling of bells as the bullpen door swings open and they jog to the mound to finish off another game.
Brett Myers got KC and the Sunshine Band. And that is not the way, uh huh, uh huh, he likes it.
Finding an appropriate theme song for Myers was about the only thing Philadelphia needed to worry about on another sticky night.
Aaron Rowand homered, keeping Florida starter Dontrelle Willis winless in his last 13 starts and leading the Phillies to a 6-4 win over the Marlins on Wednesday night.
Kyle Lohse (7-12) was solid in his second start for the Phillies, Antonio Alfonseca and Tom Gordon preserved the lead in relief, and Myers worked the ninth for his eighth save.
"It's the perfect scenario," Myers said of the late-inning workload. "It's how we get there, it doesn't matter who saves the game.
With what was left of a sweaty crowd poised to celebrate another Phillies win, Myers entered the ninth to the popular 1970s disco hit (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty. The choice infuriated Myers, who has yet to pick a song, and he took his anger out on Florida by striking out the side to end the game.
"It (ticked) me off. Can't you tell?" Myers said.
Maybe Willis (7-12) needs some Village People to shake him out of his funk.
Not even his two-run homer could save the former 20-game winner from extending the longest losing streak of his career. Willis is 0-9 with four no-decisions while the Marlins have gone 3-10 in his outings since his last victory on May 29 at the Chicago Cubs.
"I'm still playing with the same intensity and I'm having fun out there," Willis said. "I don't ever want to change."
Willis' seventh career homer staked the Marlins to a 2-1 lead in the third. Then the Marlins wilted in the 95-degree temperature, while the Phillies kept pace in their hunt for the NL East and wild-card lead.
Lohse gave up Miguel Cabrera's 28th homer, but stayed away from the line drives that knocked him out of his last start. He left after one inning in his Phillies debut with a bruised right forearm after he was hit by a liner.
He exited this one after 6 1/3 innings and the Phillies holding a 6-3 lead. He gave up six hits, walked three and struck out three to help Philadelphia win its third straight game.
"As long as you stay out of the big inning, I think you've done your job," Lohse said.
Much like Willis did an inning earlier, Lohse helped his own cause with the bat in the third. He poked an RBI single to right that put the Phillies up 3-2. Jimmy Rollins, who hit a sacrifice fly in the second, added a run-scoring single to center to make it 4-2.
No surprise that Lohse, acquired in a trade deadline deal from Cincinnati, drove home a run on a hit. Phillies pitchers lead baseball with 41 hits and have 12 RBI.
Lohse said he heard some good-natured ribbing from his teammates once he finished the first inning without adding more bruises to his arm.
"For his first time pitching here, he did pretty good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Willis, who gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings, worked his way out of some jams early to at least give himself a shot at that elusive eighth victory. The Phillies left 14 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the first and at least two on in every inning except the fifth and eighth.
Willis was chased in the sixth after Ryan Howard hit a long single to left - the Phillies MVP thought the ball would hook foul and stood at home plate before sprinting to first.
Justin Miller came in, and Rowand hit Miller's second pitch deep into the Phillies bullpen for his 18th homer of the season and a 6-3 lead. Bullpen coach Ramon Henderson stuffed the ball in his pants pocket for safe keeping.
|Players of the Game|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.342|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.249|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.336|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.245|
|Todd Linden, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.242|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.260|
|Matt Treanor, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.293|
|a- Miguel Olivo, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.234|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.324|
|Dontrelle Willis, P||2||1||1||2||0||0||0||.150|
|Justin Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jason Wood, PH||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.281|
|Taylor Tankersley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Armando Benitez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Treanor in the 9th|
|b-hit into fielder's choice for Miller in the 7th|
|2B - Matt Treanor (4, Lohse), Alejandro De Aza (4, Lohse)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (28, Lohse), Dontrelle Willis (1, Lohse)|
|RBI - Miguel Cabrera (81), Dontrelle Willis 2 (3), Jason Wood (23)|
|SB - Todd Linden (2, 2nd base off Lohse/Ruiz)|
|CS - Hanley Ramirez (10, 2nd base by Lohse/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Jeremy Hermida 1|
|DP - Hermida-Treanor|
|E - Dontrelle Willis 2 (4, Throwing)|
|Dontrelle Willis (L,7-12)||5.1||9||5||4||3||3||0||4.98|
|IBB - Nunez by Dontrelle Willis, Nunez by Justin Miller|
|HBP - Werth (by Dontrelle Willis), Nunez (by Dontrelle Willis)|
|WP - Dontrelle Willis (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 115-65, Justin Miller 20-11, Taylor Tankersley 15-8, Armando Benitez 4-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 8-6, Taylor Tankersley 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 31, Justin Miller 5, Taylor Tankersley 5, Armando Benitez 3|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||2||2||0||0||1||.291|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||0||3||.265|
|Pat Burrell, LF||3||0||1||0||2||1||2||.265|
|Chris Roberson, PR-RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.294|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||1||3||.270|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||5||2||2||2||0||2||6||.316|
|Jayson Werth, RF-LF||4||1||2||0||0||1||3||.267|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||5||0||1||1||0||0||2||.257|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||2||2||1||0||2||0||0||.253|
|Kyle Lohse, P||2||0||1||1||0||1||2||.171|
|Antonio Alfonseca, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tom Gordon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brett Myers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Aaron Rowand (34, Willis)|
|3B - Jayson Werth (1, Benitez), Carlos Ruiz (1, Miller)|
|HR - Aaron Rowand (18, Miller)|
|SF - Jimmy Rollins (5)|
|SH - Kyle Lohse 2 (9)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (68), Aaron Rowand 2 (64), Carlos Ruiz (39), Kyle Lohse (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (27), Kyle Lohse (1)|
|Team LOB - 14|
|DP - Nunez-Iguchi-Howard|
|Kyle Lohse (W,7-12)||6.1||6||4||4||3||3||2||4.66|
|Antonio Alfonseca (H,10)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.05|
|Tom Gordon (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.41|
|Brett Myers (S,8)||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||4.97|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 99-63, Antonio Alfonseca 8-5, Tom Gordon 11-7, Brett Myers 14-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 8-6, Antonio Alfonseca 1-1, Tom Gordon 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 26, Antonio Alfonseca 2, Tom Gordon 3, Brett Myers 4|
|Attendance - 34139|
|Game Time - 2:51|
|Temperature - 95|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Joe West|