Not even 24 hours after making the final out of Roy Halladay's perfect game, Ronny Paulino drove in the only run Sunday -- the Marlins' lone RBI in the series -- to lift Florida past the Phillies 1-0.
Paulino's sixth-inning single drove in Hanley Ramirez and made a winner of Anibal Sanchez (5-2), who gave up three hits and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings. Leo Nunez pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 12 tries as Florida ended a four-game losing streak.
"They beat us 1-0 yesterday in a perfect game," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "And we beat them 1-0. Not so perfect, but we got the win."
During the three-game series, the Phillies outscored the Marlins 4-3, Florida getting its other two runs of the weekend on a throwing error Friday night. According to STATS LLC, it was the first time since April 2009 that teams combined to score seven or fewer runs in a three-game set; the Giants and Diamondbacks played three straight 2-0 games, San Francisco winning two, last April 17-19.
"Pitching and defense," Gonzalez said. "If both clubs didn't prove it this series, then nobody's going to believe us."
Jamie Moyer (5-5) gave up one run and four hits in six innings, failing in a bid to join Phil Niekro and Jack Quinn as the only pitchers to win 100 games after turning 40.
He was good. The way the Phillies are flailing at the plate, perfect might not have been enough.
"After the perfect game, I thought we would be fired up, but we just kind of went back to the same thing," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We've never used excuses and we're not going to start now. We'll come out of it at some point. It might be tomorrow or it might be the next day, but this team will get back to where we were."
The power-packed Philly lineup has hit a mere .186 since May 22, and have now gone a season-worst 54 innings -- and counting -- without a home run.
Ryan Howard is in a 4-for-27 slide. Chase Utley, 4 for 30. Jayson Werth, 3 for 27, including an 0-for-4, four-strikeout effort Sunday, getting caught looking with two runners on against Clay Hensley in the eighth.
"I have no idea why this is happening," Howard said.
Philadelphia has been blanked in five of its last eight games, including an entire three-game set last week against the New York Mets. The Phillies have gone scoreless in 69 of their last 74 innings.
"It's not for lack of effort," Moyer said. "It's baseball and it's going to happen. ... It's just a phase we're going through."
Moyer did his part to keep the Phils close Sunday.
The Marlins got their first hit out of the way early, when Dan Uggla doubled in the second inning off the glove of left fielder Ben Francisco, who had trouble finding the baseball in the daytime sun. Florida got its next baserunner in the fourth, when Jorge Cantu reached on shortstop Wilson Valdez's throwing error.
So the Marlins' first clean hit of the day came from, of all people, Sanchez.
The Marlins' starter hit a blooper into short right field with two out in the fifth, putting runners on first and second after Brett Carroll was plunked one batter earlier. But Moyer worked out of it, getting Chris Coghlan to line out to left two pitches later, and the game stayed scoreless.
In the sixth, though, Florida finally got to Moyer.
The Marlins had runners on first and second with none out, before Cantu lined into a double play. But two batters later, Paulino's grounder found a hole and bounced into right field, giving Ramirez -- who had stolen second after Moyer threw over to first repeatedly in an ultimately failed effort to keep him close -- plenty of time to come around.
"I knew it was going to be tough, especially because Jamie knows how to pitch and knows how to keep the ball where he wants," Paulino said.
- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said the team will come up with some way to recognize Halladay's perfect game at an upcoming home game. The Phils aren't back home until June 4.
- Dolphins great Mark Duper, whose name appears on the facade of the second deck overlooking right field at Sun Life Stadium, threw out the first pitch.