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Phils edge Marlins, Willis' winless streak continues

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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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.

Notes

Marlins CF Alejandro De Aza was activated from the disabled list after missing nearly four months with an ankle injury. De Aza, a rookie, started on opening day and batted .303 in nine games before being sidelined. RHP Carlos Martinez was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque and OF Joe Borchard was designated for assignment. He batted .196 in 85 games. RHP Logan Kensing, trying to return from elbow ligament replacement surgery, was activated from the DL and optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. ... 2B Chase Utley (broken hand) will see another specialist on Monday. ... Marlins 1B Mike Jacobs set a team record for most consecutive at-bats without a hit (31).
 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

A. Rowand
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS3010101 .342
Dan Uggla, 2B4000011 .249
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3111100 .336
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000021 .245
Todd Linden, LF3000111 .242
Jeremy Hermida, RF4010010 .260
Matt Treanor, C3110001 .293
   a- Miguel Olivo, PH1000011 .234
Alejandro De Aza, CF4120011 .324
Dontrelle Willis, P2112000 .150
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Wood, PH1001000 .281
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
Totals3247437  
a-struck out for Treanor in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Miller in the 7th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeremy Hermida 1
DP - Hermida-Treanor
E - Dontrelle Willis 2 (4, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis (L,7-12) 5.1954330 4.98
Justin Miller 0.2211121 2.75
Taylor Tankersley 1100110 4.88
Armando Benitez 1100000 5.36
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
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4022001 .291
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5020003 .265
Pat Burrell, LF3010212 .265
    Chris Roberson, PR-RF0000000 .294
Ryan Howard, 1B4110113 .270
Aaron Rowand, CF5222026 .316
Jayson Werth, RF-LF4120013 .267
Carlos Ruiz, C5011002 .257
Abraham Nunez, 3B2210200 .253
Kyle Lohse, P2011012 .171
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
    Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
Totals34613656  
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Nunez-Iguchi-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Lohse (W,7-12) 6.1644332 4.66
Antonio Alfonseca (H,10) 0.2000000 4.05
Tom Gordon (H,3) 1000010 4.41
Brett Myers (S,8) 1100030 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
Game Information
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