The Phils increase their present winning streak to seven straight, as they sweep their second straight three-game series as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.
The Marlins ended a 0-0 pitchers’ duel by taking the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, knocking in Donovan Solano, who had earlier reached first base on Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error, then was safe at second base on Cliff Lee’s force attempt throwing error of Jose Reyes’ grounder, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Reyes, who had reached first base on C. Lee’s throwing error, moved up to third base. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, ending pitcher Josh Johnson’s no-hit bid, then moved up to second base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3, while sending Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, over to third base, just barely beating center fielder Gorkys Hernandez’s throw to third base. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in pinch hitter Pete Orr, who had just singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-fourth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out the side.
Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six. Phillippe Aumont recorded his third hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-fourth save of the year by pitching a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out three. Josh Johnson (8-12, 3.81) took the lost as he also pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out six. Ryan Webb pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one.
The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a single and a two-run home run, knocking in two runs. John Mayberry, Jr, (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Pete Orr (Single) had the other two hits, as Josh Johnson had the Phils batters under control, before finally allowing three runs to score. The Phils also had four walks and a stolen base (Orr, (2)) in the ballgame.
The Phils (72-71, 3rd East) will start a four-game series with the Astros (45-98, 6th Central), beginning with a game tonight. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and is to start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.24), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on September 9, as he threw four innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 7-4 win. He will be trying to help the Phils increase their winning streak to eight games. The Astros will counter with Lucas Harrell (10-9, 3.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on September 7, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Astros’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be trying to avoid their late season troubles with the Astros as they try to stay in the race for the second wild card spot.