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Doc runs out of gas in 8th

Chris Coghlan drives in the winning run in the 8th inning. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Charlie Manuel tried to squeeze one more inning out of his starter but quite possibly at the cost of the game.

Starter Roy Halladay ran out of juice in the 8th and the Marlins capitalized, winning 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Chris Coghlan was the hero of the night for Florida. He had a pair of hits, including the eventual game-winning single in the 8th inning off Doc.

Both Halladay and Marlins starter Josh Johnson were great in their starts. Halladay allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out nine in an eight-inning complete game. Read more of this post

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Blanton’s First Victory

Placido Polanco slides safley into home after Ross Gload's RBI single in the 3rd. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

It’s baby steps for Joe Blanton.

In his return from the disabled list, Blanton allowed three runs in the first two innings. He settled down as he scattered eight hits over five innings along with two strikeouts and two walks as the Phils beat the Marlins, 6-4, Monday night.

Blanton also forced four double play balls in his five innings, an inkling of the keep-it-down approach taught in high school.

Jimmy Rollins started the first of a three-game series against the Marlins with a lead-off homer making it his 36th career lead-off homer. However, that would be the only run the Phillies scored in the first inning after Howard gets caught up at home plate.

The Marlins struck back in the bottom of the 1st when Gaby Sanchez doubled to center field scoring Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez giving them a 2-1 lead over the Phils.

Blanton then gave up a walk to Stanton, but the inning would end with the former Phillie Greg Dobbs hitting a liner to Howard who tossed to second to start a double play.

The Marlins were able to tack on another run when Coghlan hit an RBI single to score Omar Infante taking a 3-1 lead in the 2nd. Read more of this post

Dobbs clutch in Marlins win

Why does it always seem a mediocre ex-Phillies kills them?

Greg Dobbs came through with the bases loaded in the seventh, hitting a two-run single to give the Marlins the 4-3 lead and win Friday night.

Roy Oswalt was pitching well until he exited the game after the sixth. Oswalt appeared to injure himself running out a bunt in the bottom of the sixth and left the game with a lower back strain.

J.C. Romero replaced him and allowed the lead-off runner. But Danys Baez put the next two on before surrendering the two-run hit to Dobbs, blowing the save and getting credited with the loss.

Oswalt allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out six in six innings of work. The Marlins runs off him came from a Logan Morrison solo homer in the top of the fifth and back-to-back doubles by Chris Coghlan and Omar Infante in the sixth.

Raul Ibanez had a two-hit, two-RBI game and Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz each doubled for the Phils.

Oswalt said after the game that he had back spasms but they weren’t related to the two DL stints he had in 2009 with back-ralted issues. He hopes to make the next start but won’t know until he throws a bull pen session in two days.

The Phillies will play tomorrow at 7:05. Cole Hamels (1-1, 5.59) will take the hill for the Phillies and Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 6.97) will pitch for Florida.

2B: Rollins (4), Ruiz (3).

WP: Mujica (2-1). LP: Baez (1-1). S: Nunez (5).

Boxscore.

Series Preview: vs. Florida Marlins

PHI: 9-3, 1st in NL East; FLA: 7-5, 2nd in NL East

When: April 15-17
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers (UPDATED 4/16)
Friday: Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.25) vs. Javier Vazquez (1-1, 8.64)
Saturday: PPD

Sunday:
Cole Hamels (1-1, 5.59) vs. Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 6.97)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN

Saturday, 7:05, TCN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to WatchLF Logan Morrison: LoMo is building himself a nice legacy among the Philadelphia fans of Twitter (@LoMoMarlins) – and he’s on a division rival!

Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison joked a few times on Twitter that he would be striking out a lot to the Phils rotation. Well if thats the case, well be seeing a lot more of this picture in the next three days. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

But his popularity among our fans isn’t the only reason to watch him play in his first trip to CBP this season. Morrison is an incredibly talented ball player. Batting .304 with a team-high three homers and nine RBIs, Morrison is an all-around threat at the plate. His .913 OPS is another indication of that.

Morrison is another one of the handful of young players the Marlins have currently on their roster. It makes for an incredible under rated offense. If they can put together a decent rotation and strong bull pen, they would be a serious threat. But if the past is any indication, LoMo could be traded or sign elsewhere, and the fans in Philly hope it’s there.

Overview: The Marlins are in second place in the NL East, currently two games behind the Phils. Florida is always off to a very good start but taper off as the season’s grind kicks in.

They are loaded with young talent such as outfielders Morrison, Mike Stanton and Chris Coghlan and first baseman Gabby Sanchez.

But Florida also has arguably the best player in baseball: Hanley Ramirez. He is the total package when it comes to a ball player: bat, speed and an excellent glove and arm. In 84 games in his career against the Phillies, he’s batting .295 with 28 doubles, a triple, 11 homers and 32 RBIs. He’s also stolen 20/24 bases.

The pitching match-ups favor the Phillies incredible seeing as Florida has no one going with an ERA below 5.59. Josh Johnson, who started the other day, will not pitch this series against the Phils. Joe Blanton will look to have his first quality start of the season on Sunday, hopefully correcting his “poor mechanics” he claimed to be the problem.

The Marlins have the capability of giving the Phillies trouble all