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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.

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Third Base Wide Open For Next Season

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen. (Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

There is a big question mark stamped next to the third baseman’s name for the 2013 season. It’s a position that hasn’t had a consistent inhabitant since Scott Rolen was traded in 2002.

A few guys like David Bell, Pedro Feliz and Placido Polanco were supposed to be main-stays. But only Polanco managed to make an All-Star appearance.

It’s also a position that has fielded the likes of Abraham Nunez, Greg Dobbs, Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton.

The future for third base still doesn’t look bright for the Phillies. General manager Ruben Amaro already knows this, and he’s already tried addressing it at the deadline.

Philadelphia exercised the option of plucking top third base prospect Mike Olt from the Texas Rangers in a deal centered around Cliff Lee but nothing ever came to fruition for both clubs. Olt would have given the Phillies their first real third baseman since Rolen, and a prospect to be truly excited about since Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

They also were named as one of the teams interested in acquiring Padres third baseman Chase Headley.

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Buehrle Wins Battle of Mr. Perfect’s

Marlins SP Mark Buehrle out-pitches Phillies SP Roy Halladay in the Marlins 9-2 rout (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

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.

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Hamels Extends Shut Out Streak; Blanks Marlins

Phillies SP Cole Hamels pitched his second straight complete game shut out, expanding his streak to 22 innings. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Phillies 4, Marlins 0
WP – Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.91)
LP – Nathan Eovaldi (3-8, 4.28)

MIAMI — Cole Hamels is in a zone.

The Phillies left-hander, who is still fresh off inking a six-year extension, showed his worth in another shut out performance in a 4-0 win over the Marlins.

Hamels was nearly unhittable, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out five. He threw 113 pitches, an astounding 85 for strikes. He expanded his shut out streak to 22 innings.

Hamels kept the Marlins hitters at bay, who didn’t have an answer for the Phillies offense tonight.

An RBI double by Chase Utley got things rolling in the 3rd inning. Juan Pierre scored later in the inning on an error by Miami third baseman Greg Dobbs to make it 2-0.

The Phils scored twice more in the game. In the 4th, Pierre hit an RBI triple to make it 3-0 and then Erik Kratz’s sacrifice fly in the 7th made it a 4-0 game.

2B: Utley (5), Mayberry (17). 3B: Pierre (5).


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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Series Preview: at Miami Marlins

PHI: 36-42, 5th in NL East; MIA: 35-40, 4th in NL East

When: June 29-July 1
Where: Sunlife Stadium (Miami, FL)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72) vs Josh Johnson (4-5, 3.96)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.03) vs Mark Buehrle (6-8, 3.55)
Sunday: Joe Blanton (7-6, 4.87) vs Ricky Nolasco (6-6, 4.78)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:10, PHL 17
Saturday, 4:10, CSN
Sunday, 1:10, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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MIA’s Dobbs: “I want us to be the team to beat”; Hyatt to start vs FSU

DOBBS COMMENTS — Ex-Phillie and current Marlin bench player Greg Dobbs is confident in the new Miami Marlins team this season. In fact, he’s so confident that he now has lofty expectations for his team while taking a page out of the 2007 chapter in Jimmy Rollins’ book.

“A lot of things can happen over the course of 162 games,” Dobbs said. “I want us to be the team to beat and there isn’t any reason we cant be that team with the talent, the character and the personality of this clubhouse.”

It appears Dobbs has forgotten the fact the Phils won 102 games last season, bolstered their bench and still has by far the best rotation within the division.

The Marlins will be battling with the Nationals for third place. Neither teams is in the same class as the Atlanta Braves and none of them are in the same class as the Phillies.

HYATT TO START — Baseball-like activities are upon us. And soon, so will the nine innings of baseball fans have anxiously been waiting for since last October.

To start things off, the Phils will play Florida State University in an exhibition game on Wednesday. Austin Hyatt will lead a cast of young arms to pitch in that game.

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Hamels looks sharp after settling in

Cole Hamels was throwing fire in Cincy this past Monday. Though that wasn’t the case tonight against the Marlins, he still looked sharp in the final four innings of his second start coming off a shoulder injury.

Unfortunately for the rest of the pitching, their nights didn’t go as well. The Marlins jumped all over Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon, winning in come-from-behind fashion, 8-4.

After Bastardo lost two batters he was ahead on by walking them, he was pulled in favor of Herndon. Herndon served up three meatball pitches to Gabby Sanchez for a three-run homer and to Mike Cameron and Greg Dobbs for a pair of solo shots as the Marlins took the 8-4 lead.

But back to Hamels. The left-hander was hit hard in the 2nd and 3rd innings before settling in and seemingly cruising to another winning decision. Cameron hit his first home run of the night off Hamels in the 2nd, a two-run shot. The following inning, Mike Stanton hit a laser out of the yard to tie the game at three.

Wilson Valdez had a two-run triple for the Phillies, highlighting their offense. Hamels has a nice two-hit night at the plate, driving in a pair of runs.

2B: Howard (27). 3B: Valdez (4).

WP: Mujica (9-5). LP: Bastardo (6-1).


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.

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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).