Philadelphia at Florida

W: A. Sanchez (3-7) L: J. Moyer (12-10)
S: L. Nunez (24)
HR: PHI - None   FLA - D. Uggla (30), C. Ross (23)

Marlins earn double header split behind Sanchez's solid start wire reports

MIAMI -- The day's 17th inning produced the first standing ovation. Too bad Anibal Sanchez missed it, because the cheers were for him.

Sanchez yielded two hits in eight innings to slow Philadelphia's march toward the NL East title, and the Florida Marlins' 3-0 victory gave them a doubleheader split Tuesday.

  Playoff Race

Joe Blanton gave up two hits in seven shutout innings to outpitch Marlins ace Josh Johnson in the first game, which Philadelphia won 9-3. That reduced to five the Phillies' magic number for clinching the division.

When Sanchez threw his final pitch to end the eighth inning of the nightcap, he walked off the mound to a roar from the crowd of 20,039.

"I don't hear the fans," he said with a smile. "I tried to be focused on the game."

 Game 1: Phillies 9, Marlins 3

He did that well, beating Philadelphia for the first time in five career decisions. Sanchez (3-7) struck out seven and walked two in his longest outing since Sept. 16, 2006.

"Man oh man, we needed that," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Shutout baseball, with that lineup -- you've got to tip your hat."

Facing the NL's highest-scoring team, Sanchez gave up a walk to start the game, then retired 10 in a row before Chase Utley singled. Those were the Phillies' only baserunners until the seventh, when Utley led off with a double but was stranded.

Philadelphia finished the doubleheader 2 for 16 with runners in scoring position.

Jamie Moyer (12-10), who had won his previous eight games in Miami, surrendered three runs -- including a pair of solo homers -- in seven innings.

"Sanchez threw well," Moyer said. "Sometimes you've got to tip your hat to the pitcher."

Dan Uggla hit his 30th home run to improve to 8 for 39 lifetime against Moyer.

"It's fair for me to get him once, with the 80,000 times he has gotten me," Uggla said.

Cody Ross added a career-high 23rd homer for Florida. NL batting leader Hanley Ramirez had two hits and doubled home the Marlins' other run.

The Phillies fell to 5-1 in doubleheader games this season, but they still could be division champs by the weekend.

"We've got to concern ourselves with tomorrow," Moyer said. "There's a lot more baseball to be played."

The Marlins, beginning their final homestand, ended the night still trailing the defending World Series champions by eight games.


  • Phillies RHP Brett Myers was diagnosed with a muscle strain in his back when he underwent an MRI exam Tuesday in Philadelphia. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen session next Tuesday, and the Phillies are hoping he can pitch before the end of the season.
  • Marlins C John Baker left Game 1 in the seventh inning after a throw bruised his left hand. X-rays were negative, and he's likely out until at least Friday.
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Anibal Sanchez goes eight scoreless to beat the champion Phillies for the first time in five tries. (AP)
Anibal Sanchez goes eight scoreless to beat the champion Phillies for the first time in five tries. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Uggla
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

A. Sanchez
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 7

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Attendance - 20039
Game Time - 2:19
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mike Estabrook