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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.

Miami pulled to within 3-2 thanks to a Justin Ruggiano RBI single and Jose Reyes sacrifice fly. Philadelphia then distanced themselves a bit more in the bottom half with an RBI single from Chase Utley.

The in the bottom of the 6th while holding a 5-3 lead, Halladay hit an RBI single to make it 6-3.

Then with Jimmy Rollins at the plate, he hit a pop-up that was dropped by catcher Rob Brantly. Rollins made Brantley pay for his sins with a two-run homer, giving Philadelphia an 8-3 lead.

The Marlins followed up with a four-spot of their own, fueled by an RBI double by Bryan Peterson and a pair of RBI singles by Ruggiano, Carlos Lee and Greg Dobbs to make it 8-7.

But the Phils tacked on one more on Rollins’ sacrifice fly and held on for the win.

Carlos Ruiz made his first start since coming off the DL. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI double.

2B: Ruiz (29), Pierre (9), Martinez (2), Mayberry (22). HR: Rollins (18).

Boxscore.

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