Philadelphia at Chicago

Chi. Cubs
W: M. Stutes (4-1) L: S. Marshall (5-4)
S: A. Bastardo (7)
HR: PHI - None   CHC - S. Castro (3)

Martinez 2-RBI double lifts Phillies over Cubs wire reports

CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia Phillies were having trouble getting hits, let alone runs. That changed just in time for them.

Michael Martinez hit a tiebreaking two-run double with two out in the ninth inning, and the Phillies rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Tuesday night.

"We stayed after them, we stayed with them," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Starlin Castro's two-run homer off Cliff Lee in the first inning held up until Philadelphia chased Matt Garza in the eighth, and Chase Utley tied it with a two-run double against Sean Marshall.

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The winning rally started when Marshall yielded a two-out single by pinch-hitter Ben Francisco. Jimmy Rollins then hit a hard smash off third baseman Aramis Ramirez's glove, putting runners on first and second, and Martinez drove them in with a bloop double down the right-field line.

Martinez got caught in a rundown off second, ending the inning, but the damage was done. The clutch hit made a winner of Michael Stutes (4-1), who pitched two scoreless innings, and Antonio Bastardo struck out the side for his seventh save in seven chances.

"Martinez hit it in a great place, an ideal place," Manuel said. "He was fortunate. I was hoping it was [fair]. When it hit, I knew it was fair because I saw it, but when he hit it, I was pulling for it."

Marshall (5-4) gave up three runs and five hits in two innings, spoiling another outstanding start by Garza.

Marshall came in after Rollins led off the eighth with a single, and the game quickly unraveled for the Cubs. Martinez singled before Utley sent his tying hit into left-center.

With the infield in, Castro saved a run when he fielded Shane Victorino's one-out chopper to shortstop and fired home to nail Utley trying to score from third. Marshall struck out Raul Ibanez, but the rally handed another no-decision to Garza.

"I think he can take pride in the fact that he put us in position to win," manager Mike Quade said. "He's pitched well. The last two outings have been really good."

Garza threw seven scoreless innings in his previous start against Florida, but a ninth-inning meltdown by Carlos Marmol sent Chicago to a 6-3 loss.

This time, the 6-foot-4 right-hander held Philadelphia to four hits and received a standing ovation when he departed with a 2-0 lead.

But Garza was more annoyed with himself than Marshall. He second-guessed himself for throwing Rollins a curveball rather than a fastball or slider.

"You've got to take that accountability," Garza said.

Lee, meanwhile, settled down after a shaky start. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed eight hits, struck out six and walked none before being lifted for pinch-hitter Ross Gload with two on and two out in the seventh.

Gload flied to center to end that threat, but the Phillies came through in the final two innings.

"I had to battle out of some tough spots," said Lee, who stranded two runners in the second and fifth. "That was pretty big to keep it at 2-0. We scored two in the eighth and two in the ninth. that was a heck of a win, that was good."


  • Phillies All-Star Roy Halladay said he was feeling a lot better after leaving Monday's game because of the steamy conditions and expects to make his next start against San Diego.
  • Philadelphia's Roy Oswalt, out with lower back inflammation, was encouraged after throwing nearly 50 pitches in a pain-free bullpen session. He hopes to return early next month.
  • Reed Johnson had three hits for Chicago.
  • Quade said he had "a good discussion" with Major League Baseball executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre about his criticism of the umpires following Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Florida Marlins. "The one thing that's great about having Joe, he's handling that situation and he's been on both sides of it, and he gives you an opportunity to explain. It's not just cut and dry," Quade said. He did not know if the league will discipline him. Quade went off after Sunday's game, saying the umpires made unprofessional comments to his players. He took issue in particular with one call at second base in the top of the eighth, when Florida's Brett Hayes was ruled safe on an attempted pickoff.
  • With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching, OF Alfonso Soriano said he would prefer to stay in Chicago. "I'm not worried about it because I don't have control of that situation," Soriano said. "I just go out and make plays to try and make the team better."
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Michael Martinez drives in the winning runs for Philly with a bloop two-run double in the ninth inning.  (Getty Images)
Michael Martinez drives in the winning runs for Philly with a bloop two-run double in the ninth inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

M. Martinez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

S. Castro
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Philadelphia Phillies
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Michael Martinez, 3B4122110 .228
Chase Utley, 2B4012011 .263
Ryan Howard, 1B4000032 .246
Shane Victorino, CF4000000 .299
Raul Ibanez, LF3000111 .244
Domonic Brown, RF2020100 .245
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH-RF1000000 .241
Carlos Ruiz, C4010013 .262
Cliff Lee, P2000011 .209
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000002 .266
    Michael Stutes, P0000000 .000
   c- Ben Francisco, PH1110000 .228
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Brown in the 9th
b-flied out for Lee in the 7th
c-singled for Stutes in the 9th
2B - Michael Martinez (2, Marshall), Chase Utley (9, Marshall), Domonic Brown (9, Garza)
RBI - Michael Martinez 2 (15), Chase Utley 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Martinez 2 (4)
SB - Michael Martinez (1, 3rd base off Garza/Soto), Chase Utley (10, 3rd base off Marshall/Soto)
Team LOB - 7
Philadelphia Phillies
Cliff Lee 6822061 2.83
Michael Stutes (W,4-1) 2200130 3.24
Antonio Bastardo (S,7) 1000030 0.99
IBB - Pena by Michael Stutes
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 89-62, Michael Stutes 37-23, Antonio Bastardo 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 7-5
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 26, Michael Stutes 9, Antonio Bastardo 3
Chicago Cubs
Reed Johnson, RF5130022 .336
Starlin Castro, SS5122023 .305
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4020012 .302
Jeff Baker, 2B3000013 .295
   a- Blake DeWitt, PH1000002 .263
    Darwin Barney, 2B0000000 .299
Marlon Byrd, CF4000001 .304
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000021 .252
Carlos Pena, 1B3020100 .230
Geovany Soto, C4010012 .236
Matt Garza, P3000022 .028
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   b- Kosuke Fukudome, PH1000010 .269
a-flied out for Baker in the 7th
b-struck out for Marshall in the 9th
2B - Reed Johnson 2 (17, Lee, Lee), Aramis Ramirez (24, Lee), Carlos Pena (9, Lee)
HR - Starlin Castro (3, Lee)
RBI - Starlin Castro 2 (42)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Reed Johnson 1
E - Geovany Soto (8, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Matt Garza 7411350 3.80
Sean Marshall (BS,3; L,5-4) 2533030 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 117-78, Sean Marshall 37-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 5-11, Sean Marshall 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 28, Sean Marshall 10
Game Information
Attendance - 38857
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Andy Fletcher