Florida at Philadelphia

W: J. Blanton (7-12) L: A. Sanchez (2-4)
S: B. Lidge (35)
HR: FLA - M. Jacobs (31), C. Ross (20)   PHI - J. Werth (22)

Werth, Rollins help Phils trim division deficit to 1 1/2 games

CBSSports.com wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Jayson Werth is nearing the day when he won't have to check if his name is on the lineup card.

Werth hit a three-run homer, Jimmy Rollins had three hits and three steals and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Florida Marlins 8-6 on Monday night.

The Phillies closed within 1½ games of the NL East-leading New York Mets. They remain two behind in the loss column.

"Every game is a must-win," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We have to win more games than they do."

Joe Blanton (2-0) pitched five shaky innings to earn his first win since Aug. 2. Blanton allowed four runs and five hits in his 10th start since Philadelphia acquired him from Oakland.

Chad Durbin tossed two scoreless innings to protect a one-run lead. Three relievers got outs in the eighth and Brad Lidge finished for his 35th save in as many chances. Lidge put the tying runs on base, before escaping the jam by striking out Wes Helms and Jorge Cantu to end it.

Werth drove reliever Joe Nelson's first pitch off the brick batter's eye in straightaway center to put the Phillies ahead 8-4 in the seventh. He earned a curtain call from an appreciative crowd for hitting his 22nd homer.

The right-handed hitting Werth began the season platooning with Geoff Jenkins in right field. He became an everyday player after Jenkins went on the disabled list last month, and has proven he can be an effective full-time player.

"My numbers against right-handers aren't that bad, but sometimes it's hard to shake a label," said Werth, a career .251 hitter against righties.

Werth is hitting .258 (54-for-209) with seven homers and 26 RBI against right-handers this season. He's batting .304 (42-for-138) with 15 homers and 33 RBI against left-handers.

"When he improves against right-handers, he'll be a very good everyday player," Manuel said.

Pinch-hitter Cody Ross connected off J.C. Romero in the eighth to slice the deficit in half, but a trio of relievers got the last five outs.

Mike Jacobs also hit a two-run homer for Florida.

The Phillies scored five runs off starter Anibal Sanchez (2-4) in the first two innings.

"To come out so early is not like me," said Sanchez, who lasted 1 2/3 innings.

Chase Utley had an RBI single and Ryan Howard hit a run-scoring double for a 2-0 lead in the first.

Blanton struggled with his control in the second, walking Jacobs and Dan Uggla to start the inning. After Josh Willingham blooped a single to load the bases, John Baker hit a sacrifice fly. Uggla scored on Alfredo Amezaga's grounder to first to tie it at 2.

At least Blanton helped himself at the plate in the bottom half of the inning.

After Carlos Ruiz doubled to put runners at second and third, Blanton lined a sacrifice fly to right for his first career RBI. Rollins and Howard had RBI singles to extend the lead to 5-2, but Jacobs hit his 31st homer to get the Marlins within a run in the third.


  • Struggling LF Pat Burrell was on Philadelphia's bench for the second time in three games. Burrell is batting .175 (21-for-120) with four homers and 13 RBI since Aug. 1. He has 30 homers and 77 RBI overall.
  • Rollins passed Larry Bowa for fourth place on the club's all-time list with 289 steals. He's tied with Jim Fogarty. Rollins is 41-for-43 this season.
  • Utley was hit by pitch for the 25th time, tying his single-season team record set last year.
  • Marlins LHP Mark Hendrickson pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to keep it close.
  • Ross has four career pinch-hit homers.
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Chase Utley gets Philly going early, hitting an RBI single in the first inning.  (AP)
Chase Utley gets Philly going early, hitting an RBI single in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Werth
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R 1
H 1
HR 1

M. Jacobs
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4120100 .296
Jeremy Hermida, RF3000002 .247
   a- Wes Helms, PH-3B2000012 .243
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B4110113 .271
Mike Jacobs, 1B2212101 .243
   b- Cody Ross, PH-RF1112000 .263
Dan Uggla, 2B3100110 .256
Josh Willingham, LF3020010 .259
John Baker, C3001002 .284
Alfredo Amezaga, CF4011000 .254
Anibal Sanchez, P1000001 .000
    Mark Hendrickson, P1000001 .257
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
   c- Luis Gonzalez, PH1000000 .263
    Andrew Miller, P0000000 .067
    Joe Nelson, P0000000 .000
   d- Dallas McPherson, PH1010000 .250
a-grounded out for Hermida in the 8th
b-homered for Jacobs in the 8th
c-grounded out for Kensing in the 7th
d-doubled for Nelson in the 9th
2B - Josh Willingham (17, Madson), Dallas McPherson (1, Lidge)
HR - Mike Jacobs (31, Blanton), Cody Ross (20, Romero)
SF - John Baker (3)
RBI - Mike Jacobs 2 (82), Cody Ross 2 (67), John Baker (23), Alfredo Amezaga (22)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Jacobs 2 (44)
Team LOB - 6
E - John Baker (3, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez (L,2-4) 1.2555220 6.46
Mark Hendrickson 3.1200030 5.59
Logan Kensing 1000000 4.30
Andrew Miller 0.2022100 5.69
Joe Nelson 1.1111111 1.80
HBP - Utley (by Andrew Miller)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 51-29, Mark Hendrickson 47-29, Logan Kensing 11-7, Andrew Miller 20-11, Joe Nelson 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 1-2, Mark Hendrickson 3-4, Logan Kensing 2-1, Andrew Miller 2-0, Joe Nelson 1-2
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 12, Mark Hendrickson 12, Logan Kensing 3, Andrew Miller 4, Joe Nelson 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5231001 .273
Shane Victorino, CF3100112 .278
Chase Utley, 2B2111111 .290
Ryan Howard, 1B4122011 .239
Jayson Werth, LF-RF4113023 .277
Greg Dobbs, 3B3000001 .295
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .111
   a- Andy Tracy, PH1000010 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Matt Stairs, RF1100100 .252
   b- Eric Bruntlett, PH-LF2000000 .215
Carlos Ruiz, C4110000 .228
Joe Blanton, P1001000 .077
    Pedro Feliz, 3B1000100 .249
a-struck out for Durbin in the 7th
b-fouled out for Stairs in the 6th
2B - Ryan Howard (23, Sanchez), Carlos Ruiz (12, Sanchez)
HR - Jayson Werth (22, Nelson)
SF - Joe Blanton (1)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (54), Chase Utley (92), Ryan Howard 2 (123), Jayson Werth 3 (59), Joe Blanton (1)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard (51), Jayson Werth 3 (26)
SB - Jimmy Rollins 3 (41, 3rd base off Sanchez/Baker, 2nd base off Sanchez/Baker, 3rd base off Hendrickson/Baker)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard, Howard-Rollins-Durbin
Philadelphia Phillies
Joe Blanton (W,7-12) 5544311 4.86
Chad Durbin (H,13) 2000000 2.62
J.C. Romero 0.1122101 2.65
Ryan Madson (H,12) 0.1100010 3.41
Scott Eyre (H,7) 0.1000000 4.64
Brad Lidge (S,35) 1200020 2.11
HBP - Willingham (by Chad Durbin)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 97-55, Chad Durbin 19-13, J.C. Romero 13-4, Ryan Madson 8-6, Scott Eyre 1-1, Brad Lidge 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 7-6, Chad Durbin 5-0, J.C. Romero 1-0, Brad Lidge 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 22, Chad Durbin 6, J.C. Romero 3, Ryan Madson 2, Scott Eyre 1, Brad Lidge 5
Game Information
Attendance - 38921
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Jim Reynolds