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Rollins lifts Phillies to sixth straight

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PHILADELPHIA -- The streaking Philadelphia Phillies are playing better baseball and getting good breaks as they make a late playoff push.

Jimmy Rollins homered and drove in three runs and Roy Halladay won again as the Phillies outslugged the Miami Marlins 9-7 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

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Despite allowing five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, Halladay (10-7) improved to 4-0 in his last five starts. The right-hander walked three and struck out six.

Juan Pierre and Chase Utley both had three hits for Philadelphia, which finished with 15 hits while winning its 14th in the last 18 games. The five-time defending NL East champion Phillies, who reached .500 for the first time since June 4, are making a late playoff push. They began the day five games behind St. Louis in the NL wild-card race.

"Things have been going our way good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

That was apparent in the sixth inning when Rollins looked to be out after popping up the ball behind home plate. But Marlins catcher Rob Brantly dropped the ball and Rollins followed the error by blasting the next pitch deep into the seats in right to give the Phillies an 8-3 lead.

"There are times we got breaks [this season] and weren't able to take advantage of it," Rollins said. "This time we were. It's more than that, though. We're executing, playing good defense, and getting good pitching and timely hitting. We know we needed to clean it up in many areas."

A smiling Rollins acknowledged a fun atmosphere in the Philadelphia clubhouse.

"You hear it's a cliche that this is what you play for, for September, but it's true," he said. "We have a lot of flags but we don't have a wild-card flag, so this would be a good time."

Giancarlo Stanton homered for Miami, which has lost nine of 13. Stanton went deep for the 14th time in his last 17 road games to up his league-leading road total to 21 homers.

"We didn't pitch well tonight and we continue to leave people in scoring position," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The easy RBI, we can't get them in when we need them."

That has not been the case for the Phillies over the last month.

"We've been playing clean games," Manuel said, "getting the pitching, getting hits when it counts and we've been catching the ball better."

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 33rd save in 37 chances. He was the last of 12 pitchers used in the game, with each team sending six to the mound.

The Phillies jumped in front 3-0 in the first inning, highlighted by RBI singles from Carlos Ruiz and Domonic Brown.

Miami closed within 3-2 in the third on an RBI single by Justin Ruggiano and sacrifice fly by Jose Reyes.

Philadelphia got a run back in the bottom of the frame on Utley's RBI single, and then took a 5-2 lead in the fifth on Pierre's RBI single off Nate Eovaldi (4-12), who gave up five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.

"I fell behind in counts and was missing with my fastball," Eovaldi said. "Overall, not a good outing."

Stanton launched Halladay's first pitch of the sixth inning deep into the seats in left to bring the Marlins within 5-3. It was Stanton's 34th homer, tying his career-high set last season.

Halladay got that run back himself in the bottom of the frame, lining a single up the middle off Chris Hatcher to drive in Michael Martinez who had doubled. It was the second RBI of the season for the light-hitting Halladay, who entered batting .152.

And Rollins followed with a two-run homer to right.

That looked to be plenty of runs for the Phillies, but the Marlins scored four against four pitchers in the seventh.

Halladay left after facing three batters, culminating when Bryan Petersen doubled home Brantly.

"The last two months have been a lot better," Halladay said of the team's play. "We have seen a lot of good things and we just want to keep it going."

After giving up an RBI single to Ruggiano, it looked as if reliever Josh Lindblom was going to end the inning but second baseman Utley had a sure double-play grounder go through his legs to extend the inning. The Marlins scored two more on RBI singles by Carlos Lee and Greg Dobbs, to get within 8-7.

Rollins' sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh scored John Mayberry Jr., who had doubled, and put Philadelphia ahead 9-7. The Phillies left the bases loaded when Ryan Howard flied out to center for the final out.

Notes

  • Ruiz, having a career year, was back in the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 2. He was on the DL from Aug. 3 through last Friday with a left foot injury.
  • Christopher Suprun, a paramedic and firefighter who was a first responder to the 9/11 attacks of the Pentagon, threw out the first pitch. Suprun was one of many military, fire and police personnel recognized by the Phillies on the evening.
  • Dobbs went 1 for 3 against Halladay and is batting .533 (8 for 15) against Halladay.
  • Miami RHP Josh Johnson (8-11, 3.81) is scheduled to face Phillies LHP Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.50) is the finale of the three-game set at 4:05 Wednesday.
 
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Roy Halladay is touched for five runs in 6 1/3 innings but earns the victory to extend the Phillies' win streak to six games. (Getty Images)
Roy Halladay is touched for five runs in 6 1/3 innings but earns the victory to extend the Phillies' win streak to six games. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Miami

J. Ruggiano
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bryan Petersen, LF3111110 .223
Justin Ruggiano, CF4122122 .319
Jose Reyes, SS4101013 .278
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4111134 .283
Carlos Lee, 1B5011001 .273
Greg Dobbs, 3B5021010 .305
Donovan Solano, 2B4110013 .292
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Rob Brantly, C3220111 .305
Nate Eovaldi, P1000011 .115
    Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
    Chris Hatcher, P0000000 .000
   a- Gorkys Hernandez, PH1000001 .167
    Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
    Donnie Murphy, 2B1010000 .211
Totals357117411  
a-flied out for Hatcher in the 7th
Batting
2B - Bryan Petersen (6, Halladay), Greg Dobbs (12, Halladay)
HR - Giancarlo Stanton (34, Halladay)
SF - Jose Reyes (5)
SH - Bryan Petersen (3), Nate Eovaldi (3)
RBI - Bryan Petersen (14), Justin Ruggiano 2 (35), Jose Reyes (53), Giancarlo Stanton (79), Carlos Lee (67), Greg Dobbs (36)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee (21), Greg Dobbs (16)
SB - Justin Ruggiano (13, 2nd base off Halladay/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Solano-Reyes-Lee, Solano-Reyes-Lee, Reyes-Solano-Lee
PB - Rob Brantly (3)
E - Rob Brantly (2, Dropped fly)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nate Eovaldi (L,4-12) 4855230 4.71
Dan Jennings 1100100 2.77
Chris Hatcher 1531011 3.95
Chad Gaudin 0.1111000 4.71
Mike Dunn 0.2000300 3.79
Heath Bell 1000010 5.53
IBB - Ruiz by Dan Jennings, Frandsen by Mike Dunn
HBP - Ruiz (by Chris Hatcher)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Eovaldi 75-44, Dan Jennings 14-5, Chris Hatcher 40-24, Chad Gaudin 7-4, Mike Dunn 24-9, Heath Bell 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Eovaldi 5-2, Dan Jennings 1-1, Chris Hatcher 1-1, Chad Gaudin 1-0, Heath Bell 2-0
Batters Faced - Nate Eovaldi 20, Dan Jennings 4, Chris Hatcher 9, Chad Gaudin 2, Mike Dunn 5, Heath Bell 3
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS3323100 .247
Juan Pierre, LF4231000 .309
   a- Kevin Frandsen, PH0000100 .341
    Phillippe Aumont, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Chase Utley, 2B3031200 .256
Ryan Howard, 1B5010004 .232
Carlos Ruiz, C3111100 .340
Domonic Brown, RF-LF5021024 .254
John Mayberry Jr., CF5110011 .254
Michael Martinez, 3B3110001 .161
Roy Halladay, P3111021 .163
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Horst, P0000000 .000
    B.J. Rosenberg, P0000000 .000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH0000000 .264
   c- Ty Wigginton, PH0000100 .233
    Nate Schierholtz, RF0000000 .242
Totals34915865  
a-was walked intentionally for Pierre in the 7th
b-announced for Rosenberg in the 7th
c-walked for Nix in the 7th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (9, Eovaldi), Carlos Ruiz (29, Eovaldi), John Mayberry Jr. (22, Gaudin), Michael Martinez (2, Hatcher)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (18, Hatcher)
SF - Jimmy Rollins (3)
SH - Michael Martinez (2)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 3 (58), Juan Pierre (23), Chase Utley (30), Carlos Ruiz (60), Domonic Brown (16), Roy Halladay (2)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Ruiz (26), Domonic Brown (4)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (26, 2nd base off Eovaldi/Brantly)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Martinez-Utley-Howard
E - Chase Utley (6, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay (W,10-7) 6.1755361 4.01
Josh Lindblom 0.1220010 3.41
Jeremy Horst0100000 1.19
B.J. Rosenberg (H,2) 0.1000000 11.08
Phillippe Aumont (H,2) 1100120 1.23
Jonathan Papelbon (S,33) 1000020 2.48
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 109-70, Josh Lindblom 13-10, Jeremy Horst 2-2, B.J. Rosenberg 3-2, Phillippe Aumont 18-9, Jonathan Papelbon 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 5-7, Josh Lindblom 1-0, B.J. Rosenberg 1-0, Phillippe Aumont 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 28, Josh Lindblom 4, Jeremy Horst 1, B.J. Rosenberg 1, Phillippe Aumont 5, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42028
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Mike Winters