Four runs in the seventh help to propel the Phils to victory as they defeat the Marlins, 7-3.
The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with one man out, Delmon Young hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins tied the score at one-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Jordan Brown hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Rob Brantley’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on D. Young’s double, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending D. Young, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jimmy Rollins, and infield singles by Ben Revere and Michael Young, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Rollins and Revere, while sending M. Young over to third base, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as D. Young hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring M. Young, while sending Howard up to second base. One batter later, after Howard had moved up to third base on Ryan Webb’s wild pitch, and with one man out, D. Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Brantley’s single, then went to third on pinch-hitter Miguel Olivo’s double play, 6-4-3, wiping out Brantley at second base for the inning’s first out, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got that run back in the top of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Revere, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on M. Young’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Marlins got that run back in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano hits an RBI double, scoring Brantley, who had just singled, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as B.J. Rosenberg got Pierre to fly out to right for the game’s final out.
Tyler Cloyd (1-0, 2.70) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. B.J. Rosenberg pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jose Fernandez received a no-decision, as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Duane Below (0-1, 27.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Webb pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch, striking out two. Wade LeBlanc pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. A.J. Ramos pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils pounded out fifteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 Singles, Double) and Ryan Howard (Singles, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Delmon Young (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Michael Young (Single), Dom Brown (Double, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Kratz (2), Tyler Cloyd (1)) in the ballgame.
The Phils (22-24, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Marlins (13-33, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 7:10 pm, and will be played at Marlins Park. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.83) who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on May 17, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be going for his third straight win and his fifth straight quality start. The Marlins will counter with Kevin Slowey (1-4, 3.44), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on May 17, as he went only three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one, in the Marlins’ 9-2 lost. He will be trying to stop his two game skid. The Phils will be out to win another series while trying to finally get a handle on Slowey.