As the back end of the rotation throws another quality start, the Phils defeat the Marlins, 4-1.
The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off solo blast to right field, his fifth home run of the season, and his second home run in as many games, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead four batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the third as Chase Utley hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins cut the Phils’ lead in the top of the fourth as Donovan Solano hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then got the run back in their half of the fourth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, and his second hime run in as many nights, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Marlins tried to get back into the game in the top of the seventh as they loaded up the bases, via a single by Marcell Ozuna, and walks to Rob Brantley and Adeiny Hechavarria, and with one man out, before Antonio Bastardo ended the threat by first striking out pinch-hitter Austin Kearns, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and then striking out pinch-hitter Matt Diaz, looking, for the inning’s final out. After Mike Adams put down a two-on, one-out threat in the eighth, Jonathan Papelbon came in and recorded his fifth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.24) got the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up a run on five hits, as he struck out three. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two. Mike Adams received his third hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ricky Nolasco (2-3, 4.14) took the lost as he threw six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four. Ryan Webb threw two scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out two.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Double, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Delmon Young (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Ben Revere (Single, RBI) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Howard, Jonathan Pettibone) and a stolen base (Ruiz (1)) in the game.
The Phils (14-16, 3rd) continue their series with the Marlins (8-22, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game is to be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.78) who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 28, as he went six innings, giving up a run on two hits and six walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 5-1 win. He will be going for his second straight win. The Marlins will counter with Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50) as he is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 29, as he pitched just four innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 4-3 win. He is still looking for his first win of 2013. The Phils hope to make it three straight wins against the fish.