The Phils are now a game under .500 as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.
The Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits a two-run bomb into the right field seats, his second home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils later added to their lead as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Michael Martinez, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Kyle Kendrick’s ground out, 3-unassisted, would score on pitcher Wade LeBlanc’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins would get a run back in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Donovan Solano hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Carlos Lee, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Greg Dobbs’ ground out, 4-3, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo collected his first save of the season, as he threw a scoreless ninth, striking out Dobbs, swinging, for the final out.
Kyle Kendrick (9-10, 3.83) got the win as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on two hits and three walks, while striking out a career high eight batters. Justin De Fratus collected his second hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Jake Diekman received his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Antonio Bastardo collected his first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two. Wade LeBlanc (2-4, 2.95) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Dan Jennings pitched an inning, plus a batter, giving up a hit and a walk. Ryan Webb pitched a scoreless inning. Mike Dunn threw a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils had just five hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a single by John Mayberry, Jr., a double by Chase Utley, a home run by Dom Brown (2 RBIs) and a double by Michael Martinez. The final Phils’ run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had two walks in the game.
The Phils (70-71, 3rd) will continue their series with the Marlins (63-79, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is supposed to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (9-7, 3.87), who is coming off a win against the Reds on September 5, as he went seven and a third innings, giving up a run on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 6-2 win. Doc will be going for his fourth straight winning start. The Marlins plan to counter with Nathan Eovaldi (4-11, 4.44), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on September 5, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 8-5 lost. He will be trying to end his three game losing streak. The Phils will be out to even up their record.