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MIAMI -- Ryan Howard hadn't had that much fun sprinting 270 feet in a long time.
Howard came around from first base to score Philadelphia's first run in 31 innings on a triple by Raul Ibanez, Chase Utley drove in the go-ahead run and the Phillies used a pair of daring stolen bases to snap a dreadful slump and beat the Florida Marlins 3-2 on Friday night.
The Phillies hadn't scored in any of their last three games, hadn't won any of their last five, and rallied from a 2-0 deficit.
"Sometimes all it takes is just one, and just one big moment to kind of get things going," Howard said. "I think you could kind of say it was an exhale when we got that run across."
"Forgot what it was like," center fielder Shane Victorino said.
Philadelphia avoided becoming the first team in 18 years to be blanked four straight times, something last done by the Chicago Cubs.
The Phillies used heady baserunning to set up both the tying and go-ahead runs -- Utley decided on his own to swipe second in the fifth inning, which allowed him to score on Howard's single, while Victorino led a double steal and scored what was the game-winner on Utley's grounder in the seventh.
"Stolen bases don't equal runs," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But it did tonight."
Kyle Kendrick (3-2) only made one big mistake for the Phillies in six innings, and that was an errant throw to first that allowed Florida to score both of its runs. Kendrick allowed five hits and no earned runs, striking out one.
Jose Contreras allowed a pair of one-out singles in the ninth, before closing out his third save in as many chances. He struck out Cody Ross looking with a 79 mph offering, then ended it by getting Ronny Paulino to fly out to shallow center field.
"We had people on base with the right guys at the plate," Gonzalez said. "We just didn't get the knocks. That pretty much surmises it."
Howard led off the fourth with a single off Chris Volstad (3-6), and Ibanez -- hitting fifth for the first time all season, thanks to Jayson Werth getting the night off -- connected on a hard line drive to center field. The ball skipped past Cameron Maybin, rolling toward the wall and turning into a triple that gave Howard plenty of time to score from first base.
It was the break the Phillies had been waiting, oh, about a week for.
Philadelphia lost 5-0 to Boston last Saturday and 8-3 to the Red Sox the following day, getting those runs in the ninth inning after being blanked by Tim Wakefield for the first eight.
From there, the Phillies headed out to face the Mets. Their bats never showed up, and the Phils were outscored 16-0 in the series.
"You've got to stay positive, man," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before Friday's game.
"Three runs was enough to win the game, wasn't it," Manuel said afterward.
Thanks to their leadoff hitter, and a goof by Kendrick, the Marlins opened the scoring with two runs in the third.
With two outs, Coghlan fouled off seven straight offerings in what became a 12-pitch at-bat, eventually hitting a sharp single to left. After another single, Kendrick nearly escaped when Hanley Ramirez hit a comebacker and started a slow jog to first.
But Kendrick rushed the throw, the ball sailing out of Howard's reach, and Coghlan and Sanchez scored for a 2-0 lead.
"Kind of slipped on the way out and just babied it or whatever," Kendrick said. "Just a bad throw. Totally my fault. We came back, though."
Volstad gave up seven hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings.Notes
|Chase Utley (left) gets himself reacquainted with home plate as he scores in the fifth for the Phillies. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Shane Victorino, CF||4||1||0||0||0||0||1||.258|
|Wilson Valdez, SS||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.246|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||1||0||1||1||0||1||.283|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||1||3||.295|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.253|
|Ross Gload, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.242|
|Juan Castro, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.253|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.133|
|Danys Baez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Contreras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.291|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|a- Ben Francisco, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.219|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jayson Werth, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.309|
|a-walked for Kendrick in the 7th|
|3B - Raul Ibanez (3, Volstad)|
|RBI - Chase Utley (24), Ryan Howard (33), Raul Ibanez (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard (17)|
|SB - Shane Victorino (10, 3rd base off Tankersley/Paulino), Wilson Valdez (1, 2nd base off Tankersley/Paulino), Chase Utley (2, 2nd base off Volstad/Paulino)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Valdez-Utley-Howard, Castro-Utley-Howard|
|E - Kyle Kendrick (2, Throwing)|
|Kyle Kendrick (W,3-2)||6||5||2||0||0||1||0||5.04|
|Chad Durbin (H,7)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.38|
|Danys Baez (H,5)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||4.15|
|Jose Contreras (S,3)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||0.59|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 106-67, Chad Durbin 14-9, Danys Baez 12-7, Jose Contreras 26-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 8-9, Danys Baez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 23, Chad Durbin 3, Danys Baez 3, Jose Contreras 5|
|Chris Coghlan, LF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.220|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.302|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.292|
|Brian Barden, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.271|
|Cody Ross, RF-CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.306|
|Ronny Paulino, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.311|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.230|
|Jorge Sosa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Volstad, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.188|
|Taylor Tankersley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brett Carroll, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.197|
|DP - Uggla-G. Sanchez|
|Chris Volstad (L,3-6)||6.1||7||3||3||3||6||0||4.31|
|IBB - Ruiz by Chris Volstad|
|HBP - Victorino (by Chris Volstad)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 115-70, Taylor Tankersley 9-6, Jorge Sosa 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 8-4, Taylor Tankersley 2-0, Jorge Sosa 3-3|
|Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 29, Taylor Tankersley 2, Jorge Sosa 6|
|Attendance - 15276|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|