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Phillies rally for seven runs in ninth, add to Marlins' slide

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MIAMI -- Facing a wild Matt Lindstrom in the ninth inning, Shane Victorino wanted to avoid taking a 98-mph fastball in the ribs.

He hit a game-deciding grand slam instead.

Victorino's two-out homer highlighted a seven-run rally in the ninth Friday against closer Lindstrom, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Florida Marlins 7-3.

The Marlins took a three-hitter into the ninth and were two outs from a 3-0 victory when pinch hitter Matt Stairs singled home the Phillies' first run. Lindstrom walked in a run before Victorino hit his second homer of the year on a 2-1 pitch.

Victorino's only other grand slam came in the playoffs last year to beat Milwaukee and C.C. Sabathia. How did the homers compare?

"They're both big," Victorino said. "A home run is a home run for a little guy like me. It's not like I hit many."

The Marlins still own the best record in the NL at 11-5, but they have lost four games in a row and fell to 8-1 when they score first.

"It's a deflating feeling, especially for the guys that worked so hard the whole game, to come in there and blow it," Lindstrom said. "This is going to be a test for me."

Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer with two out in the first off Brett Myers for Florida's only runs. The Phillies have given up at least one homer in all 15 games, extending a major league record to start the season.

Clay Condrey (3-0) pitches two hitless innings, and Ryan Madson struck out the side in the ninth.

The game drew 29,032 spectators, including 1,540 dogs on Bark in the Park Night, and it was a ruff one for the hard-throwing Lindstrom. The Phillies had totaled five hits and one run over a 17-inning stretch when they snapped the slump against him in the ninth.

Jayson Werth doubled with one out, and after a walk, Stairs singled. Lou Marson walked to load the bases, and after a strikeout, Jimmy Rollins walked to force in a run.

Lindstrom went to 1-1 on Victorino, then backed him off the plate with an inside fastball.

"I said, 'OK, let me not get hit in my ribs, but somewhere else,"' Victorino said. "I'm just trying to get a hit, walk, whatever."

The next pitch was another fastball, and when Victorino pulled it into the right field stands, Lindstrom (1-1) was showered with boos. They grew louder five pitches later when Chase Utley also homered.

Lindstrom, who became the Marlins' closer in September, gave up four hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning and blew a save for the second time in five chances. His ERA rose from 1.50 to 9.45.

"It's a good learning experience for him," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "You can't walk runners in the ninth inning."

Florida's Josh Johnson allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings, struck out eight and lowered his ERA to 2.20. He failed to improve to 3-0 only because of Lindstrom's meltdown.

"It happens," Johnson said. "You don't want it to happen, but it does. He has been great for us. It's not fun to see, but he'll be back tomorrow and ready to go."

Myers exercised in the clubhouse as the Phillies staged their rally, and he tried not to watch the TV too closely.

"It's best if I don't get too excited," he said. "If I do, something not good will happen. When we hit the homer, then you can get excited because you have the lead."

Uggla hit his third homer with two out in the first to end an 0-for-21 slump, the longest hitless streak of his career. He has four homers in 33 at-bats against Myers.

The Phillies' right-hander found himself in frequent trouble the rest of the way but allowed no more runs before departing after throwing 119 pitches in six innings. That set the stage for the comeback, and Philadelphia won for the second time after trailing to start the ninth.

"We don't quit," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We always stay at it."

Notes

  • Marlins 1B Jorge Cantu again sat out with a bruised left wrist but said he hopes to return Saturday. He received a cortisone shot Wednesday.
  • The Marlins claimed LHP Dave Davidson off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans.
  • The Marlins won 10 of 18 games against the Phillies last year.
 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Florida

J. Johnson
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 8
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4101111 .159
Shane Victorino, CF5114001 .246
Chase Utley, 2B5111021 .321
Ryan Howard, 1B5010010 .271
Jayson Werth, RF2110310 .296
Raul Ibanez, LF4110113 .339
Pedro Feliz, 3B3000023 .286
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1011000 .364
    Miguel Cairo, PR0100000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Lou Marson, C3110123 .333
Brett Myers, P2010001 .286
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1000012 .091
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Bruntlett, PH-3B1000013 .182
Totals36787612  
a-singled for Feliz in the 9th
b-struck out for Myers in the 7th
c-struck out for Condrey in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard (5, Pinto), Jayson Werth (5, Lindstrom)
HR - Shane Victorino (2, Lindstrom), Chase Utley (5, Lindstrom)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (5), Shane Victorino 4 (9), Chase Utley (13), Matt Stairs (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (2), Shane Victorino 4 (5), Chase Utley (3)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard, Utley-Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers 6833651 4.91
Clay Condrey (W,3-0) 2000100 1.86
Ryan Madson 1100130 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 119-62, Clay Condrey 24-12, Ryan Madson 27-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 7-3, Clay Condrey 3-2
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 29, Clay Condrey 6, Ryan Madson 5
Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B3000232 .290
John Baker, C5110024 .295
Hanley Ramirez, SS5020011 .279
Ross Gload, 1B5110013 .261
Dan Uggla, 2B2113200 .207
Jeremy Hermida, LF3020101 .308
    Brett Carroll, LF0000000 .111
Cody Ross, RF3010101 .246
Cameron Maybin, CF4010015 .217
Josh Johnson, P1000100 .125
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   a- Alfredo Amezaga, PH0000100 .238
Totals3139388  
a-walked for Pinto in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez 2 (6, Myers, Madson), Cameron Maybin (3, Myers)
HR - Dan Uggla (3, Myers)
SH - Josh Johnson (1)
RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (9)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (3, 3rd base by Myers/Marson)
PK - Emilio Bonifacio (1, Myers)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
PB - John Baker (1)
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson 7300280 2.20
Leo Nunez (H,2) 1000020 3.38
Matt Lindstrom (BS,2; L,1-1) 0.2477312 10.80
Renyel Pinto 0.1100110 1.50
WP - Josh Johnson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 102-68, Leo Nunez 9-8, Matt Lindstrom 38-18, Renyel Pinto 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 8-6, Leo Nunez 1-0, Matt Lindstrom 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 27, Leo Nunez 3, Matt Lindstrom 9, Renyel Pinto 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29032
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Tony Randazzo