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Phillies break out against Marlins' Johnson

Apr 12, 2012 - 3:52 AM Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - A presumed pitchers' duel between Phillies ace Roy Halladay and Marlins counterpart Josh Johnson never materialized as Philadelphia's bats awoke in a 7-1 win Wednesday night.

Halladay (2-0) tossed his obligatory seven innings, limiting the Marlins to five hits.

"[Being up] five-six runs helps. It helps a lot. You can go after guys. You're trying to be as aggressive as you can," Halladay said.

Johnson (0-2), meanwhile, surrendered six runs on a career-high 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings, and suffered his first loss in seven games (six starts) at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia produced five of those runs in a third inning punctuated by rookie second baseman Freddy Galvis' two-run double.

The offensive surge was a welcome sight for the Phillies after they had totaled just eight runs in dropping three of their first four games, including Monday's series-opener.

The early season showdown of prominent hurlers came a day after an apologetic Ozzie Guillen addressed the media in Miami over favorable comments he made about Fidel Castro in a Time magazine article. The Marlins manager's statements have created an uproar in a community heavily populated with Cuban- Americans and led to a team-imposed five-game suspension that he started serving on Wednesday. Bench coach Joey Cora is the acting manager in Guillen's absence.

Miami came away empty after loading the bases in the first, but grabbed the lead the next inning.

Omar Infante doubled to lead off the second and moved to third when John Buck flied out to right fielder Hunter Pence in foul territory. Johnson then plated Infante with a groundout to second.

After Johnson retired Halladay on a ground ball to first to begin the third, the Phillies strung together five consecutive singles.

Placido Polanco hit a ball back at Johnson that caromed into shallow left field, allowing Juan Pierre to score from second. Jimmy Rollins drove in Polanco and crossed the plate on Pence's base hit.

A hit and stolen base by Shane Victorino put men on second and third for John Mayberry Jr., whose pop up on the infield resulted in the second out. Carlos Ruiz was then intentionally walked to load the bases and Galvis delivered with a double to right field.

Three straight two-out singles by Rollins, Pence and Victorino pushed the lead to 6-1 in the fourth.

Ruiz added a home run to left field off Miami's Ryan Webb in the seventh.

"[Halladay] got the lead and he stepped up. That's what the great ones do," Cora said.

Game Notes

Halladay improved to 21-3 against the NL East as a Phillie...Pence had three of Philadelphia's 14 hits...Johnson had gone 4-0 with a 1.87 ERA in his previous appearances at Citizens Bank Park...Chad Qualls and Michael Stutes each pitched a perfect inning in relief of Halladay...Jose Reyes went 0-for-4 to snap an eight-game hit streak against the Phillies.

  • MIAMI: 1

    Apr 11 9:58 PM

  • Carlos Ruiz one-out, solo Home Run (1) to left. Freddy Galvis due up.

    Marlins 1, Phillies 7  Bot 7, 1 OutApr 11 9:31 PM

  • Shane Victorino single to left scored Jimmy Rollins with two outs. On the play, Hunter Pence advances to second. Runners on first and second and John Mayberry due up.

    Marlins 1, Phillies 6  Bot 4, 2 OutsApr 11 8:40 PM

  • Freddy Galvis double to right scored Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino with two outs. On the play, Carlos Ruiz advances to third. Runners on second and third and Roy Halladay due up.

    Marlins 1, Phillies 5  Bot 3, 2 OutsApr 11 8:25 PM

  • Hunter Pence single to left scored Jimmy Rollins with one out. On the play, Pence advances to second on the throw. Runner on second and Shane Victorino due up.

    Marlins 1, Phillies 3  Bot 3, 1 OutApr 11 8:15 PM

  • Jimmy Rollins single to left scored Placido Polanco with one out. On the play, Rollins advances to second on Logan Morrison's fielding error. Runner on second and Hunter Pence due up.

    Marlins 1, Phillies 2  Bot 3, 1 OutApr 11 8:12 PM
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    Marlins 1, Phillies 2  Bot 3, 1 OutApr 11 8:12 PM

  • Placido Polanco infield single to short scored Juan Pierre with one out. On the play, Polanco advances to second on the throw. Runner on second and Jimmy Rollins due up.

    Marlins 1, Phillies 1  Bot 3, 1 OutApr 11 8:10 PM

  • Josh Johnson ground out second to first scored Omar Infante with two outs. None on and Jose Reyes due up.

    Marlins 1, Phillies 0  Top 2, 2 OutsApr 11 7:34 PM

  • MIAMI: 0
    Top 1, 1 Out

    Apr 11 7:11 PM
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