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Ross' homer off Hamels takes Marlins to another win over Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Florida Marlins aren't ready to let the Philadelphia Phillies cruise to another division title.

Cody Ross hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Cole Hamels in the sixth inning and Florida beat the Phillies 6-4 on Saturday.

The Marlins moved within five games of the NL East-leading Phillies and try to complete the three-game sweep with ace Josh Johnson on the mound Sunday.

Chris Coghlan hit a leadoff homer and Brian Sanches (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning in relief to earn the win against his former team.

Before coming to Philly, Florida was swept by the woeful Washington Nationals in a three-game series.

"It shows our team, we fight back and we still have some work to do tomorrow and hopefully we get that," Coghlan said.

Five Marlins relievers held the Phillies to one run over five innings after starter Sean West lasted four innings in his first start since July 11.

Leo Nunez allowed a run in the ninth, before finishing for his 11th save in 14 tries.

"Our division is not over," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We have a lot of games left."

Hamels (7-7) gave up four runs, five hits and walked four in 5 1/3 innings. Last year's World Series and NLCS MVP, Hamels has battled inconsistency all season. He has a 4.77 ERA.

"He had command problems," Manuel said. "He can look real good at times, but it seems he has an inning or two that don't go good for him."

Hamels declined to speak to reporters after the game.

Called up from Double-A to make the start, West allowed three runs and seven hits. The left-hander left after Ryan Howard led off the bottom of the fifth with a double off the wall in left-center. But Sanches came in and stranded the runner.

"I felt I pitched well tonight," West said. "I take some positives out of it."

Hamels walked Jorge Cantu to start the sixth. After Dan Uggla struck out, Ross drove one out to left to make it 4-3, giving him 20 homers, two shy of his career-high set last year.

Pinch-hitter Jeremy Hermida and Coghlan added RBI singles off Chan Ho Park in the eighth to extend the lead to 6-3.

Shane Victorino tripled and scored on Chase Utley's groundout in the ninth to cut it to 6-4.

Helped by shaky defense, the Phillies took a 3-2 lead in the third. Howard led off with a walk and one out later Raul Ibanez reached when West couldn't field his bouncer near the mound. With two outs, first baseman Nick Johnson dropped Carlos Ruiz's pop-up, allowing Howard to score.

"It's probably going to be on the bloopers, I'm sure," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Johnson's miscue.

Philadelphia scored twice in the second to take a 2-1 lead. Hamels dropped a perfect bunt and beat West's high throw to first for an infield single that loaded the bases.

Jimmy Rollins drove in a run with a fielder's choice grounder. Hamels broke up the double play with a hard takeout slide at second. Victorino followed with an RBI single off shortstop Hanley Ramirez's glove, giving the Phillies a 2-1 lead.

Ramirez drove in the tying run with a bases-loaded grounder to second in the third.

Notes

  • Phillies RHP Chad Durbin (back) will make a rehab appearance at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday. LHP J.C. Romero experienced tightness in his injured forearm in a rehab appearance Friday night and it's uncertain when he'll pitch next.
  • Hamels hasn't beaten the Marlins since Sept. 22, 2006. The Phillies are 1-6 in his last seven starts against Florida.
  • Coghlan tied a team record with his seventh straight multihit game. Juan Pierre did it twice and Miguel Cabrera did it once.
  • Howard tied a career-high with four hits.
 
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The Marlins get a major lift from Cody Ross, who provides a two-run shot in the sixth inning. (AP)
The Marlins get a major lift from Cody Ross, who provides a two-run shot in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

C. Ross
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF3122200 .277
Nick Johnson, 1B2000211 .299
Hanley Ramirez, SS5011012 .343
Jorge Cantu, 3B4100103 .276
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B4000011 .233
Cody Ross, RF4122010 .260
Ronny Paulino, C4120001 .269
Emilio Bonifacio, CF4220012 .248
Sean West, P1000000 .063
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000001 .271
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeremy Hermida, PH1011000 .255
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 3B0000000 .271
Totals33610655  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Sanches in the 6th
b-singled for Meyer in the 8th
Batting
HR - Chris Coghlan (6, Hamels), Cody Ross (20, Hamels)
SH - Sean West (2)
RBI - Chris Coghlan 2 (24), Hanley Ramirez (71), Cody Ross 2 (61), Jeremy Hermida (42)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Coghlan (7), Jeremy Hermida (18)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (19, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-N. Johnson
E - Nick Johnson (8, Dropped fly), Sean West (1, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Sean West 4732240 4.88
Brian Sanches (W,2-1) 1000100 1.14
Brendan Donnelly (H,5) 1000000 0.69
Dan Meyer (H,15) 1100010 2.16
Matt Lindstrom (H,3) 1100010 5.91
Leo Nunez (S,11) 1211000 3.96
IBB - Ibanez by Brian Sanches
Pitches-Strikes - Sean West 93-57, Brian Sanches 18-9, Brendan Donnelly 12-7, Dan Meyer 16-11, Matt Lindstrom 13-9, Leo Nunez 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean West 4-5, Brian Sanches 2-1, Dan Meyer 2-0, Leo Nunez 1-2
Batters Faced - Sean West 22, Brian Sanches 4, Brendan Donnelly 3, Dan Meyer 4, Matt Lindstrom 4, Leo Nunez 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5011001 .242
Shane Victorino, CF5121001 .314
Chase Utley, 2B4001122 .294
Ryan Howard, 1B4140100 .265
Jayson Werth, RF5000016 .262
Raul Ibanez, LF4110112 .305
Pedro Feliz, 3B4010004 .286
Carlos Ruiz, C3110002 .231
   a- Ben Francisco, PH1000011 .252
    Paul Bako, C0000000 .196
Cole Hamels, P2010012 .158
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .246
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .154
   c- Matt Stairs, PH1000001 .221
    Kyle Kendrick, P0000000 .000
Totals39411336  
a-struck out for Ruiz in the 8th
b-flied out for T. Walker in the 6th
c-popped out for Park in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard 2 (26, West, Meyer), Pedro Feliz (20, Lindstrom)
3B - Shane Victorino (7, Nunez)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (52), Shane Victorino (50), Chase Utley (72)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (26)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jayson Werth 1
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard, Rollins-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (L,7-7) 5.1544442 4.77
Tyler Walker 0.2000000 2.65
Chan Ho Park 2522010 4.92
Kyle Kendrick 1000100 5.40
HBP - N. Johnson (by Chan Ho Park)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 115-67, Tyler Walker 4-3, Chan Ho Park 36-23, Kyle Kendrick 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 5-7, Tyler Walker 1-1, Chan Ho Park 2-1, Kyle Kendrick 1-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 25, Tyler Walker 2, Chan Ho Park 10, Kyle Kendrick 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45086
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Paul Nauert