Phils Win In Wild Fashion

One minute Roy Oswalt was breezing through the Marlins line up and the next, J.C. Romero and Jose Contreras were in blowing things for the Phils. Then a wacky ninth inning leads to a tie game before the Phils finally nailed the door shut in the 10th to win 5-4 to sweep the Marlins.

With the Phils trailing 4-2, Placido Polanco led-off the ninth inning by reaching on an error. Ross Gload then singled before Raul Ibanez hit a towering double off the top of the left field wall to make it a 4-3 game. Jayson Werth then followed up with an RBI single to tie the game with no outs and runners on the corners. Then this is where it gets wacky. Domonic Brown hit a sharp grounder to first in which Ibanez was caught in a run-down in between third and home to get the first out. Then during Carlos Ruiz’s at-bat, Werth was picked-off for the second out and Brown was caught stealing for the third.

What Ruiz does to lead-off the next inning left Werth and Brown kicking themselves. Chooch ripped a solo homer to give the Phils the 5-4 lead. Brad Lidge allowed a lead-off hits in the bottom half, recorded back-to-back strike outs, and got a fly out to end the game, earn his 12th save, and preserve the sweep.

Oswalt pitched great until he ran into some trouble in the seventh. He allowed two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out five. Romero allowed Oswalt’s two runs without recording an out and then got credited for the two runs Contreras gave up in the four-run seventh that made it a 4-2 Marlins lead.

Ruiz had himself another great game, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs. Polanco and Ibanez also added three hits. Mike Stanton had the only multi-hit game for the Fish.

With that sweep, the Phillies have won four straight and are a season-high 12 games above .500. The Phils remained two games out of first place with Atlanta’s win over San Francisco but that result improved their standings in the Wild Card race to 1.5 back of the Giants.

2B: Ruiz 2 (18), Ibanez (22). HR: Ruiz (5).

WP: Madson (4-1). LP: Ohman (0-1). S: Lidge (12).


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