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Marlins hold off Phillies after building huge lead

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PHILADELPHIA -- Another terrible outing by Kyle Kendrick cost the Philadelphia Phillies a key game. It may have cost him a spot in the rotation, too.

Jorge Cantu, Mike Jacobs and Cody Ross homered and the Florida Marlins held off Philadelphia for a 10-8 victory Tuesday.

The Phillies fell 2½ games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets. They began the day three games behind Milwaukee in the wild-card race.

"We have to keep fighting until someone tells us to go home," manager Charlie Manuel said.

At this point last season, the Phillies were seven games behind the Mets and ended up winning the division on the final day.

Ryan Howard hit his major league-leading 41st homer, but Philadelphia couldn't overcome a 9-1 deficit.

Kendrick (11-9) allowed seven runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings.

"It's disappointing," Kendrick said. "I just have to get out of the rut. Nobody wants to go through it. It's bad timing."

Marlins starter Chris Volstad left after three innings with a bruised right leg. He was hit by Carlos Ruiz's hard grounder leading off the third.

"I felt like I could have kept going, but we don't want to alter my mechanics or my delivery and put more strain on the arm than necessary," Volstad said. "It was a decision we made just to be safe."

Reliever Eulogio De La Cruz allowed six runs and five hits in two-plus innings, nearly blowing the eight-run lead. Kevin Gregg (7-8) retired the side in the seventh. Matt Lindstrom, the Marlins' eighth pitcher, got the final out for his second save.

"I was worried about the pitching," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I couldn't tell you who was hitting for us. I was thinking about how many outs we've got left and what we've got in the bullpen."

Trailing 10-4, the Phillies rallied in the sixth. Howard doubled, Pat Burrell walked and Shane Victorino singled to cut it to 10-5 and chase De La Cruz.

Doug Waechter entered to face Greg Dobbs, who lined a two-run double. Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs followed with an RBI single to make it 10-8. After Chris Coste flied to right, Jimmy Rollins singled and stole second to put the tying run in scoring position.

But Jayson Werth flied out to shallow right and Andrew Miller retired Chase Utley on a foul pop.

"We fought like heck to get back, but we couldn't get the big hit to catch up," Manuel said.

The Marlins (73-72) snapped a three-game losing streak and moved back over .500.

Kendrick was skipped in the rotation his last start, allowing ace Cole Hamels to pitch against the Mets on Sunday night. Hamels struggled and the Phillies lost 6-3. Kendrick is likely headed for mop-up duty the rest of the season. He's 1-4 with an 11.35 ERA in his last six starts since beating Florida on Aug. 6.

"We only have so many options," Manuel said.

Dan Uggla lined a two-run single and Josh Willingham's sacrifice fly gave Florida a 3-0 lead in the first.

Kendrick couldn't get out of the second. Volstad and Hanley Ramirez hit consecutive one-out doubles. After John Baker walked, Cantu hit a three-run homer to put the Marlins ahead 7-1.

Jacobs connected off J.A. Happ in the fourth to make it 9-1. Jacobs' 32nd homer landed in the Phillies' bullpen in right-center.

Howard hit a two-run drive off De La Cruz in the fourth. Burrell followed with a standup triple, a rarity for the slow-footed slugger, and he scored on Victorino's groundout.

Ross hit a solo shot off Happ leading off the fifth, extending the lead to 10-4.

Notes

  • Werth had two of Philadelphia's four steals. He's 16-for-17 this season. The Phillies are 121-for-143, the best percentage (84.6) in the majors.
  • Since Happ was used, 45-year-old Jamie Moyer likely will start on three days' rest Thursday night against Milwaukee. Happ was being considered for that start.
  • Jacobs is one homer shy of tying Carlos Delgado for the club record by a left-handed hitter. Delgado hit 33 in 2005.
 
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Phillies manager Charlie Manuel can't bear to watch as things are slipping away. (AP)
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel can't bear to watch as things are slipping away. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

J. Cantu
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5111001 .295
John Baker, C4220110 .290
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B4323111 .273
Mike Jacobs, 1B5222020 .245
    Wes Helms, 3B0000000 .243
Dan Uggla, 2B5032011 .260
Josh Willingham, LF4001011 .255
Cody Ross, CF4111021 .263
Jeremy Hermida, RF3010100 .248
Chris Volstad, P2110011 .100
    Eulogio de la Cruz, P1000010 .000
    Doug Waechter, P0000000 .167
    Andrew Miller, P0000000 .067
   a- Dallas McPherson, PH0000000 .250
   b- Paul Lo Duca, PH1000001 .242
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
    Joe Nelson, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals38101310310  
a-announced for Miller in the 7th
b-flied out for McPherson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (31, Kendrick), Chris Volstad (1, Kendrick)
HR - Jorge Cantu (24, Kendrick), Mike Jacobs (32, Happ), Cody Ross (21, Happ)
SF - Josh Willingham (2)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (62), Jorge Cantu 3 (78), Mike Jacobs 2 (84), Dan Uggla 2 (82), Josh Willingham (42), Cody Ross (68)
CS - Dan Uggla (5, 2nd base by Lidge/Coste)
Team LOB - 5
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad 3211020 3.31
Eulogio de la Cruz 2566201 17.18
Doug Waechter 0.2311000 3.29
Andrew Miller (H,2) 0.1000000 5.68
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Joe Nelson (H,9) 1200000 1.76
Arthur Rhodes (H,21) 0.2000010 1.97
Matt Lindstrom (S,2) 0.1000000 3.58
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 38-23, Eulogio de la Cruz 45-29, Doug Waechter 20-14, Andrew Miller 3-2, Kevin Gregg 11-8, Joe Nelson 24-15, Arthur Rhodes 5-5, Matt Lindstrom 3-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 6-1, Eulogio de la Cruz 5-1, Kevin Gregg 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 11, Eulogio de la Cruz 13, Doug Waechter 5, Andrew Miller 1, Kevin Gregg 3, Joe Nelson 5, Arthur Rhodes 2, Matt Lindstrom 1
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4020101 .275
Jayson Werth, RF5110015 .276
Chase Utley, 2B5111003 .289
Ryan Howard, 1B5222020 .241
Pat Burrell, LF4210110 .253
Shane Victorino, CF4112000 .278
Greg Dobbs, 3B4112000 .294
Carlos Ruiz, C2010000 .230
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .333
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1011000 .254
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    J.A. Happ, P0000000 .000
    Chris Coste, C3000002 .266
Totals38812824  
a-singled for Condrey in the 6th
b-singled for Madson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard (24, de la Cruz), Greg Dobbs (11, Waechter)
3B - Pat Burrell (3, de la Cruz)
HR - Ryan Howard (41, de la Cruz)
SH - J.A. Happ (1)
RBI - Chase Utley (93), Ryan Howard 2 (125), Shane Victorino 2 (51), Greg Dobbs 2 (38), Matt Stairs (47)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (42, 2nd base off Waechter/Baker), Jayson Werth 2 (16, 2nd base off Volstad/Baker, 3rd base off Volstad/Baker), Shane Victorino (32, 2nd base off Waechter/Baker)
Team LOB - 6
Philadelphia Phillies
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J.A. Happ 3.1533052 5.71
Clay Condrey 1.1100000 3.31
Rudy Seanez 0.2000120 3.60
Scott Eyre 0.1000000 4.57
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Brad Lidge 1100010 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 46-26, J.A. Happ 66-45, Clay Condrey 14-11, Rudy Seanez 15-10, Scott Eyre 5-3, Ryan Madson 13-8, Brad Lidge 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 1-2, J.A. Happ 3-2, Clay Condrey 3-1, Ryan Madson 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 12, J.A. Happ 15, Clay Condrey 5, Rudy Seanez 3, Scott Eyre 1, Ryan Madson 3, Brad Lidge 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40554
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Tim Timmons