The Phils reached the .500 mark as they hang on to defeat the pesky Marlins, 9-7.

The Phils win their sixth straight game as they finally reach the .500 mark as they hang on to defeat the Marlins, 9-7.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre, with Rollins stopping at second base, and a walk by Chase Utley, with both runners moving up a base, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits into a double play, 4-6-3, wiping out Utley at second base for the inning’s first out, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pierre over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Pierre. The Phils then increased their lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins got a run back in the third as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Donovan Solano and Rob Brantley, a sacrifice bunt by Nathan Eovaldi, 1-4, moving both runners up a base, and a walk to Bryan Pattersen, and with one man out, Justin Ruggiano hits an RBI single, knocking in Solano, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Brantley up to third base, and Pattersen over to second base. The Marlins then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead as Jose Reyes hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brantley. The Phils added to their lead in their half of the third as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Pierre, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had started the inning off with a walk, next stole second base, then stopped at third base on catcher Brantley’s passed ball. The Marlins got the run back as Giancarlo Stanton hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-fourth home run of the season, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back as, with one man on, and with one man out, Roy Halladay helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single, scoring Michael Martinez, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as, one batter later, after catcher Brantley had committed a foul pop error as he dropped Rollins’ foul pop behind home plate, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his eighteen home run of the season, knocking in Halladay. The Marlins then started a comeback in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pattersen hits an RBI double, knocking in Brantley, who had earlier doubled, making it an 8-4 Phils’ lead. After the Phils had brought in Josh Lindblom, the Marlins made it an 8-5 Phils’ lead as Ruggiano hits an RBI single, scoring Pattersen. Three batters later, after Reyes had reached base on a fielding error by Utley, allowing Ruggiano to reach third base, putting runners on the corners, and now with two men out, the Marlins cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-6 as Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Ruggiano, while sending Reyes up to second base. After Lindblom is replaced on the mound by Jeremy Horst, who had not pitched since September 3, the Marlins made it an 8-7 Phils’ lead as Greg Dobbs hits an RBI single, knocking in Reyes, while sending Lee up to second base. The Phils then made it a 9-7 lead in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-third save of the season, as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.01) got the win as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, while he struck out six. Josh Lindblom pitched a third of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, while striking out one. Jeremy Horst pitched to a batter, giving up a hit. B.J. Rosenberg collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Phillippe Aumont also received his second hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-third save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.71) took the lost as he went four innings, plus two batters, giving up five runs on eight hits, two walks and a passed ball, while striking out three. Dan Jennings pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Chris Hatcher pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, as he struck out a batter. Chad Gaudin pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Mike Dunn pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking three. Heath Bell pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Chase Utley (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with three hits each, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Michael Martinez (Double) and Roy Halladay (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The other Phil run scored on a doubleplay ball. The Phils also had six walks and a stolen base (Rollins (26)) in the game.

The Phils (71-71, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Marlins (63-80, 5th) with an afternoon game, which will soon be in progress, as the Phils attempt to sweep the fish.

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