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Pinch-hitter Carroll lifts Marlins with walk-off single in ninth

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MIAMI -- Brad Lidge's latest late-inning failure helped the Florida Marlins gain ground in the National League wild-card race.

Pinch-hitter Brett Carroll capped a two-run rally against closer Lidge in the ninth with an RBI single, giving the Marlins a 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Jorge Cantu tied it with a single off Lidge (0-8), who blew his major league-leading 11th save.

  Playoff Race

"It's incredibly frustrating," Lidge said. "I'm disappointed. They hit the ball tonight. I'm a little bit at a loss. I'm sure there's some things I can do better."

The Marlins moved within 4½ games of the wild card-leading Rockies, who lost to the Padres.

Lidge entered to start the ninth with a 6-5 lead and promptly gave up a double to Ross Gload, who advanced to third on Chris Coghlan's fly out. Lidge struck out pinch-hitter John Baker before walking Hanley Ramirez. Cantu then lined a single to left-center to score Gload and make it 6-all.

Carroll fell behind 0-2 before singling to center to score Ramirez.

"For us to keep crawling back after a rain delay and facing Madson and Lidge ... our guys just dug in the box and ground it out. It's special," Carroll said.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said the late-inning bullpen solution is simple: Lidge and Ryan Madson must do the job.

"Lidge and Madson, right now, that's what we've got in the back of our bullpen," Manuel said. "Lidge was our closer last year and we signed him to be our closer now. But he's struggled and it's hard for us to close a game out. It's tough."

Dan Meyer (3-1) pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the win in the soggy game.

A 45-minute delay in the middle of the eighth inning significantly thinned the announced crowd of 31,042. Florida has drawn more than that just seven times this season.

Ryan Howard doubled, homered and drove in four runs for the Phillies, whose magic number to clinch the NL East remained five.

Florida's 82nd win guaranteed the Marlins will finish with a winning record.

"Even if we don't qualify for the postseason, we had a great winning record this year," Cantu said. "We have been playing really great ball, and that's the bottom line."

The Phillies went ahead 6-3 in the seventh on Howard's two-run homer but pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez homered off Cole Hamels in the bottom half and Cody Ross had a two-out RBI single in the eighth off Madson to make it 6-5.

Hamels gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings. He struck out four and hit a batter.

Raul Ibanez's solo homer, his 33rd, tied it at 3 with one out in the sixth.

Pedro Feliz followed with a hard double down the left-field line. After Paul Bako flied out, Hamels singled hard past second baseman Dan Uggla to score Feliz with the go-ahead run.

In the seventh, Chase Utley walked off reliever Renyel Pinto with one out. Howard then homered to left to give Philadelphia a 6-3 lead. It was Howard's 42nd home run.

Florida took a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

Ross led off with his 24th home run. Ronny Paulino followed with a double to right-center and took third on starter Rick VandenHurk's sacrifice. Coghlan followed with a softly lined run-scoring single to left.

"Most of the time solo home runs don't beat you but those were mistake pitches [to Ross and Sanchez]," Hamels said. "I wish I could have them back. Cody's been able to hit my mistakes really well. Whenever I make a mistake it goes out of the yard."

Cantu's RBI single pulled Florida to 2-1 in the fourth.

Howard's two-out, two-run double in the third gave Philadelphia 2-0 lead.

VandenHurk allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked one, struck out five and hit two batters.

Notes

  • Ibanez has hit six HRs in last 17 games after hitting one homer in the previous 34 games.
  • Jimmy Rollins' third-inning double tied Bobby Abreu for fifth place (585) on the team's all-time extra-base hits list.
  • Sanchez's home run was Florida's eighth by a pinch-hitter this season to tie the team record set in 1999.
  • Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected for arguing after pinch hitter John Baker was called out on strikes for the second out in the ninth. It was Gonzalez's fourth ejection of the season.
  • Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was not with the team after being sent home to undergo an MRI on his sprained left wrist. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said test results showed no structural damage to the wrist. Amaro added Ruiz will rejoin the team in Milwaukee for a series beginning Thursday and was expected to return to the field within three to five days.
 
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Brett Carroll is all jumpy after hitting the game-winning RBI single. (US Presswire)
Brett Carroll is all jumpy after hitting the game-winning RBI single. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Cantu
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110011 .245
Shane Victorino, CF4000112 .295
Chase Utley, 2B3200111 .294
Ryan Howard, 1B5124012 .272
Jayson Werth, RF3000011 .271
Raul Ibanez, LF3121110 .277
Pedro Feliz, 3B4110003 .262
Paul Bako, C3010103 .198
Cole Hamels, P3021001 .155
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1000001 .259
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals3469646  
a-lined out for Hamels in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (40, VandenHurk), Ryan Howard (35, VandenHurk), Pedro Feliz (27, VandenHurk)
HR - Ryan Howard (42, Pinto), Raul Ibanez (33, VandenHurk)
RBI - Ryan Howard 4 (130), Raul Ibanez (89), Cole Hamels (5)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (36), Cole Hamels (4)
CS - Paul Bako (1, 2nd base by Calero/Paulino)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Howard
E - Chase Utley (12, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels 7844042 4.11
Ryan Madson (H,26) 1211010 3.33
Brad Lidge (BS,11; L,0-8) 0.2322110 7.48
HBP - Uggla (by Cole Hamels), N. Johnson (by Ryan Madson)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 100-71, Ryan Madson 20-13, Brad Lidge 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 7-10, Ryan Madson 1-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 30, Ryan Madson 5, Brad Lidge 6
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF5021011 .314
Cameron Maybin, CF4110002 .218
   a- John Baker, PH1000011 .268
Hanley Ramirez, SS4100103 .350
Jorge Cantu, 1B-3B5142000 .283
Wes Helms, 3B3000000 .268
   b- Nick Johnson, PH0000000 .291
    Emilio Bonifacio, PR0000000 .251
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
   c- Brett Carroll, PH1011000 .277
Dan Uggla, 2B3000023 .240
Cody Ross, RF4122002 .273
Ronny Paulino, C4110011 .278
Rick VandenHurk, P1000010 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   d- Gaby Sanchez, PH1111000 .222
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Ross Gload, 1B1110000 .273
Totals37713716  
a-struck out for Maybin in the 9th
b-hit by pitch for Helms in the 8th
c-singled for Meyer in the 9th
d-homered for Pinto in the 7th
Batting
2B - Cameron Maybin (8, Hamels), Ronny Paulino (9, Hamels), Ross Gload (10, Lidge)
HR - Cody Ross (24, Hamels), Gaby Sanchez (2, Hamels)
SH - Rick VandenHurk (1)
RBI - Chris Coghlan (43), Jorge Cantu 2 (91), Brett Carroll (17), Cody Ross 2 (90), Gaby Sanchez (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (37), Brett Carroll (2), Cody Ross (42)
SB - Dan Uggla (2, 2nd base off Hamels/Bako)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Uggla-Gload
Florida Marlins
Rick VandenHurk 6744151 4.44
Renyel Pinto 1222101 3.47
Kiko Calero 1000110 1.89
Dan Meyer (W,3-1) 1000100 2.96
HBP - Werth (by Rick VandenHurk), Utley (by Rick VandenHurk)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick VandenHurk 89-63, Renyel Pinto 24-14, Kiko Calero 19-10, Dan Meyer 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick VandenHurk 3-10, Renyel Pinto 1-2
Batters Faced - Rick VandenHurk 28, Renyel Pinto 6, Kiko Calero 3, Dan Meyer 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31042
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Larry Vanover