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Phils continue to sizzle in Sept., hammer Marlins

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MIAMI -- With the postseason looming, the Philadelphia Phillies are starting to resemble the team that played in the past two World Series.

And just about everyone is getting in on the late-season production.

Carlos Ruiz matched a career-high with four RBI, Joe Blanton allowed one run in six innings and the Phillies continued their September sizzle beating the Florida Marlins 11-4 on Monday night.

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Ruiz, Jayson Werth, Chase Utley and Greg Dobbs all homered for the NL East-leading Phillies, who are 10-3 in September. The Phillies remained a game ahead of Atlanta, a 4-0 winner over Washington.

"Our guys stay very even-keeled," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "If you get to know them, we don't get real high, we don't get low. That's a good sign. That's the makeup of a good team."

Philadelphia's Ryan Howard reached the 100-RBI mark for the fifth straight season, while Werth and Utley each scored twice. Blanton (7-6) struck out eight and walked two, dropping his ERA to 5.00, the lowest it's been since May 8.

Dan Uggla hit his 30th home run for Florida, making him the first second baseman in major league history to reach that plateau four times. He hit 27 homers as a rookie, then has followed that with years of 31, 32, 31 and now 30.

"A lot of hard work getting to this point, just getting to the big leagues," said Uggla, who came to the Marlins through the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings and quickly became an All-Star. "I never take anything for granted."

Florida's Logan Morrison homered and reached base for the 33rd straight game, the third-longest streak in the majors this season.

Other than that and Uggla's piece of history, it was a bad day all around for Florida.

The Marlins started Monday by shutting down ace right-hander Josh Johnson for the remainder of the season because of a strained back muscle. The Phillies then simply overpowered Andrew Miller (1-2).

"A tough night for Miller and the whole team," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "We're struggling to get people out."

For the second straight meeting between the teams, the Phillies ran out to a 10-0 lead.

Werth and Utley started the scoring with solo home runs, Ruiz added a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and then Philadelphia really began rolling.

Utley and Howard scored on the same play in the fifth, after Werth singled to left. Morrison didn't field the ball cleanly for an error, then made a second error when his errant throw rolled into the Phillies' dugout. Howard collected his 100th RBI on a single in the sixth, and Ruiz pushed the lead to 10-0 by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

Miller gave up nine hits and seven runs, five earned, in five innings.

"They certainly didn't miss any mistakes ... and I made too many of them," Miller said.

Those Marlins fans who remained into the late innings -- and there weren't many, despite an announced crowd of 20,616 -- were rewarded by seeing Uggla get his long-awaited 30th homer in the eighth, connecting off Philadelphia reliever David Herndon. It was Uggla's first home run in his last 53 at-bats.

"It's tough to play in this atmosphere sometimes," said Werth, after the Phillies won for the 15th time in their last 18 road games.

Notes

  • Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins will likely be able to pinch-hit Tuesday if needed. Rollins has a strained right hamstring, and an MRI on Monday ruled out any serious issues.
  • The Marlins will likely use several pitchers Wednesday, and haven't chosen a starter. "Bullpen day," Rodriguez said. Roy Halladay, who threw a perfect game at Florida earlier this season, is set to start for the Phillies.
  • Miami-Dade County police officer Jody Wright threw out the ceremonial first ball. Wright was severely injured exactly three years earlier in a shootout that killed a fellow officer, and underwent more than 15 surgeries before returning to work for the first time Monday.
 
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Chase Utley -- one of four Phils players to go yard against the Marlins -- watches his HR fly out of the park  (AP)
Chase Utley -- one of four Phils players to go yard against the Marlins -- watches his HR fly out of the park (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

C. Ruiz
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF6120011 .263
Placido Polanco, 3B5111001 .302
    Brian Bocock, SS1000000 .000
Chase Utley, 2B3211212 .277
Ryan Howard, 1B4111121 .281
Jayson Werth, RF4222002 .290
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH-RF1000010 .000
Raul Ibanez, LF2100211 .265
   b- Ben Francisco, PH-LF1010000 .258
Carlos Ruiz, C4134101 .300
Wilson Valdez, SS-3B5020005 .247
Joe Blanton, P3110013 .130
   c- Greg Dobbs, PH1111000 .194
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
   d- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .284
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
Totals4111151067  
a-struck out for Werth in the 8th
b-singled for Ibanez in the 8th
c-homered for Blanton in the 7th
d-flied out for Herndon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Wilson Valdez (12, Miller)
HR - Chase Utley (14, Miller), Jayson Werth (21, Miller), Carlos Ruiz (7, Miller), Greg Dobbs (5, Ceda)
RBI - Placido Polanco (48), Chase Utley (57), Ryan Howard (100), Jayson Werth 2 (68), Carlos Ruiz 4 (47), Greg Dobbs (15)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley (20), Carlos Ruiz 2 (16)
SB - Chase Utley (8, 2nd base off Miller/Davis)
Team LOB - 9
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Blanton (W,7-6) 6511281 5.00
Jose Contreras 1000010 3.48
David Herndon 1333011 4.56
Danys Baez 1000100 5.02
HBP - Morrison (by David Herndon)
WP - Joe Blanton (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 113-69, Jose Contreras 14-10, David Herndon 31-20, Danys Baez 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 6-4, Jose Contreras 1-1, David Herndon 1-1, Danys Baez 3-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 25, Jose Contreras 3, David Herndon 7, Danys Baez 4
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, CF4000120 .310
Logan Morrison, LF3211101 .304
Hanley Ramirez, SS5020023 .302
Dan Uggla, 2B3112111 .281
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4010022 .279
Mike Stanton, RF4110001 .251
Chad Tracy, 3B4011022 .250
Brad Davis, C4010001 .255
Andrew Miller, P1000001 .000
   a- Hector Luna, PH1000000 .095
    Jay Buente, P0000000 .000
    Jose Ceda, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Cousins, PH1000010 .364
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Rivera, PH1000000 .000
Totals35484310  
a-fouled out for Miller in the 5th
b-struck out for Ceda in the 7th
c-grounded out for Sosa in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (28, Blanton), Mike Stanton (20, Herndon), Chad Tracy (6, Herndon)
HR - Logan Morrison (2, Blanton), Dan Uggla (30, Herndon)
RBI - Logan Morrison (15), Dan Uggla 2 (92), Chad Tracy (13)
2-OUT RBI - Chad Tracy (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez
E - Logan Morrison 2 (3, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Miller (L,1-2) 5975353 6.75
Jay Buente 1433200 7.00
Jose Ceda 1111111 11.57
Jorge Sosa 2100010 5.82
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Miller 94-54, Jay Buente 32-13, Jose Ceda 24-12, Jorge Sosa 27-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Miller 5-4, Jay Buente 1-2, Jorge Sosa 1-4
Batters Faced - Andrew Miller 26, Jay Buente 9, Jose Ceda 5, Jorge Sosa 7
Game Information
Attendance - 20616
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Gerry Davis