Marlins 9, Phillies 2
WP – Mark Buhrle (10-11, 3.74)
LP – Roy Halladay (6-7, 3.80)
MIAMI — In the 12th battle between two perfect game pitchers, it was Mark Buehrle who prevailed over Roy Halladay.
Pitching in the same city that he threw his perfect game over two years ago, Halladay was bested by Buehrle, who had a little bit of help from Greg Dobbs. Dobbs drove in two runs, including the go ahead homer in the 6th that gave the Marlins a 8-2 victory to prevent the sweep.
After three innings of dealing, Halladay was the first to give in.
After walking Carlos Lee to lead off the 4th, Giancarlo Stanton ripped a double down the line in left field to put runners on second and third with no outs.
The Marlins struck first on Dobbs’ follow-up RBI single to right to give Miami a 1-0 edge. Donovan Solano then hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring home Stanton to make it 2-0 before Halladay got out of the jam.
Philadelphia battled back to tie it up with Ty Wigginton’s solo homer in the 5th and RBI single in the 6th, evening the game up at 2-2.
Miami took the lead for good in the bottom of the 6th when Halladay a solo home run to Dobbs, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead.
The Marlins added insurance runs in the 8th inning, setting up the route. Thanks to a Stanton RBI, an Austin Kearns two-run single, a two-run double from Bryan Peterson and an RBI single by Gorkys Hernandez, the Marlins put up a huge six-spot on the Phillies bullpen to knock the game out of reach.
Buehrle pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three. Halladay was with him nearly step for step, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out seven through seven innings.
HR: Wigginton (10).