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Rollins Erases Error; Sparks Phillies 7th Straight Win

Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed an unearned run in seven innings for his 5th win of the season, a 3-1 win for the Phillies over the Marlins. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Phillies 3, Marlins 1
WP – Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36)
LP – Josh Johnson (8-12, 3.81)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (34)

PHILADELPHIA — The month of September has been kind to Jimmy Rollins, and in turn, it’s been kind to the Phillies.

The Fightins kept on fighting, battling against a seemingly unhittable Josh Johnson. They overcame an error-filled 6th inning, winning 3-1 Wednesday evening for their seventh straight win and second sweep in a row.

The hero was Rollins, who made an almost costly error earlier in the game that set up Miam’s only run. But he erased that error with a pair of hits, including a two-run homer in the 8th inning to lead the Phillies to another win and 3.5 games out of the Wild Card.

Cliff Lee was keeping pace with Johnson, who took a no-hitter into the 6th inning. But he ran into a bit of trouble in the 6th.

With one out, Donovan Solano hit a ball to Rollins, but the short stop misplayed it and Solano was safe. Jose Reyes followed up with a grounder to Lee, but a throwing error by the left-hander put two runners on with one out.

After getting Giancarlo Stanton to fly out for the second out, Carlos Lee hit an RBI single to give Miami a 1-0 lead.

Rollins, who made the error in the top half, led off the bottom of the 6th with the Phillies first hit, a grounder that got past a diving Carlos Lee. Rollins then scored on John Mayberry’s RBI single four batters later after moving to second on a bunt to tie the game up.

In the bottom of the 8th, Rollins hit a two-run homer off Johnson with no outs, giving Philadelphia the 3-1 lead and chasing the right-hander from the game.

As Rollins goes, the Phillies go, and Rollins has been hot in the month of September as well as the Phils. In 11 games, Rollins is hitting .326 (15-for-46) with two doubles, four homers, nine RBIs and eight runs scored.

HR: Rollins (19).

Boxscore.

Phillies Hang On to Win 6th Straight; Get Back to .500

Phillies LF Juan Pierre runs the bases. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Phillies 9, Marlins 7
WP – Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.01)
LP – Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.71)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (33)

PHILADELPHIA — After a span of low-scoring, good pitching efforts, the Phillies offense bailed out a weak night on the hill to keep the team rolling.

On a night where Roy Halladay and the bullpen weren’t at their best, the offense exploded for nine runs as the Phillies beat the Marlins, 9-7, to expand their winning streak to six games. With the Cardinals game currently going on, the Phillies are now 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot.

The win also pulled them to .500 for the first time since June 4 and have won 14 of their last 18 games.

Philadelphia got off to a hot start in the 1st inning. They put up three runs, giving Halladay an early cushion for his six-plus-inning outing.

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Series Preview: at Miami Marlins

PHI: 52-62, 4th in NL East; MIA: 52-63, 5th in NL East

When: August 13-15
Where: SunLife Stadium (Miami, FL)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.08) vs Nathan Eovaldi (3-7, 4.33)
Tuesday: Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.86) vs Josh Johnson (7-8, 3.88)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (6-6, 3.80) vs Mark Buehrle (9-11, 3.80)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:10, CSN
Tuesday, 7:10, CSN
Wednesday, 12:40, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Zambrano Shuts Down Phillies

Marlins SP Carlos Zambrano (right) celebrates with Jose Reyes after his solo homer in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Marlins 5, Phillies 1
WP – Carlos Zambrano (4-3, 2.81)
LP – Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.27)

PHILADELPHIA — Carlos Zambrano dominated and embarrassed the Phillies every possible way he could Sunday afternoon.

He pitched beautifully, homered and singled a bunt in the Marlins 5-1 win over the Phillies.

Zambrano went 7 2/3 innings, allowing only one run on four hits, two walks and struck out seven. At the dish, he mashed a 418-foot homer off Joe Blanton to give him 24 in his career to highlight a 2-for-3 day.

Blanton got roughed up again, allowing five runs on nine hits and walk while striking out six through six-plus innings pitched.

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Ramirez’s Two Dingers Leads Fish Past Phils

Marlins 5, Phillies 4
WP – Ricky Nolasco (6-3, 4.35)
LP – Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81)
SV – Heath Bell (11)

PHILADELPHIA — The run of dominance was sure to run out for Cole Hamels.

Hamels was roughed up, allowing at least five runs in a start for the first time since July of last season in the Phillies 5-4 loss to the Marlins Saturday afternoon.

He pitched into the 7th, allowing fives runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out eight. Though Hamels looked dominant at times, it was the quality of hits that got to him.

He gave up a pair of doubles, one being an RBI double by Justin Ruggiano and the other being an RBI double by Jose Reyes, and a pair of home runs to Hanley Ramirez, the first being a solo shot and the second being the go-ahead two-run homer in the 6th.

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Series Preview: vs Miami Marlins

PHI: 27-25, 5th in NL East; MIA: 29-25, 2nd in NL East

When: June 1-3
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 4.10) vs Mark Buehrle (5-4, 3.26)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.43) vs Ricky Nolasco (5-3, 2.46)
Sunday: Joe Blanton (4-5, 5.05) vs Carlos Zambrano (3-3, 3.00)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:05, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Series Preview: vs Miami Marlins

PHI: 1-2, 3rd in NL East; MIA: 1-3, 4th in NL East

When: April 9-12
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cole Hamels (0-0, -.–) vs. Anibal Sanchez (0-0, -.–)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.00) vs Josh Johnson (0-1, 4.50)
Thursday: Joe Blanton (0-1, 13.50) vs. Mark Buehrle (0-1, 3.00)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 1:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:00, ESPN 2, TCN
Thursday, 7:05, TCN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Salisbury: Phils, Rollins close?

Thearon Henderson/Getty Images

All could end well for the Phillies and their search for a short stop.

Jim Salisbury reports that things could be heating up between the Phillies and former MVP and All-Star short stop Jimmy Rollins during the Winter Meetings this month.

Dan Lozano, Rollins’ agent, said he will meet face to face with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. in Dallas.

“I’ve had numerous conversations with Ruben this off-season,” Lozano said by telephone. “We have a meeting set up for Dallas and we’ll see what transpires from that.”

Rollins, who is a free agent, is seeking a five-year deal from a team and is willing to go as low as four years with an option for a fifth.

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Brewers have Rollins on their radar

It isn’t surprising the Brewers are in need of a short stop.

It also isn’t surprising that one of the short stops they are interested in so happens to be Jimmy Rollins. Fortunately for Phils fans, Rollins isn’t the only short stop on the Brewers radar but you’d have to think he’s high on the list.

As I wrote a couple weeks ago, I felt the Brewers were going to make strong pushes for New York Mets’ star short stop Jose Reyes and Rollins this off season so it’s not a surprise that they could “settle” with Rollins when Reyes fell out of their price range.

Milawaukee has also been looking at Clint Barmes and Rafael Furcal as cheaper options as well as Yuniesky Batencourt, who was the Brewers short stop last season.

Rollins is looking for a five-year deal and it’s been reported that no team has made that offer yet nor has any interest in making that offer, including Milwaukee. It’s still believed that Rollins will be back in Philadelphia for a term shorter than five years.

Five Big Free Agents and Where They Land

Prince Fielder – Milwaukee Brewers
Where he goes: Chicago Cubs
In the hunt: NY Yankees, Milwaukee, Washington

Fielder’s market is pretty wide open with Milwaukee seemingly unable to afford Fielder.

The Brewers must hope co-star Ryan Braun can convince the power-hitter first baseman that there is unfinished business left to be done in Milwaukee and they need each other to succeed. But it’s going to be tough with the Yankees always looking to make their offense seem invincible and the Cubs new GM Theo Epstein looking to get his hands on a top free agent.

I think a Wild Card team in this hunt will be Washington. The Nats shocked the baseball world when they overpaid for Jayson Werth last off season. With the right corps of players along with a handful of stars, they could convince Fielder that baseball’s new dynasty could very well be in the nation’s capitol.

Fielder is the absolute perfect move for Epstein to make. He is not under pressure to make a big move right away but he would be foolish to pass up on a top tier athlete like Fielder.

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