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Phillies out to run Marlins' skid to six

Apr 26, 2009 - 5:01 AM Philadelphia (8-8) at Florida (11-6), 12:10 p.m. EDT

MIAMI (AP) -- The Florida Marlins have looked like the better team for the first eight innings in each of the first two games of their series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Phillies have left no doubt who's been the better club from that point forward.

Florida is wondering what went wrong after blowing consecutive ninth-inning leads to visiting Philadelphia, and Sunday afternoon it'll try to avoid a sixth straight loss and second sweep in a row.

The Marlins (11-6) carried a 3-0 lead into the ninth in Friday's series opener, but closer Matt Lindstrom couldn't shut the door, allowing seven runs while getting only two outs as Florida lost 7-3.

With a 4-3 lead heading to the ninth Saturday, manager Fredi Gonzalez opted to give Leo Nunez a shot to close after Lindstrom's 38-pitch outing the night before. The result, though, was the same - Nunez surrendered the tying run before a Chase Utley RBI in the 10th put the Phillies (8-8) ahead to stay in their 6-4 victory.

"That's baseball. In this game, you get to come back tomorrow and play a game," Cody Ross, who struck out with the bases loaded to end Saturday's game, told the Marlins' official Web site. "You put it behind us, not think about it, like it didn't happen."

The Marlins' bullpen has an 11.91 ERA during the five-game losing streak. The Marlins haven't dropped six straight since an eight-game slide Aug. 15-22, 2007.

Florida got seven quality innings from starters Josh Johnson and Chris Volstad in the first two games of the series, but in Sunday's series finale it may need to call on the bullpen a bit earlier.

That's because Graham Taylor (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his major league debut filling in for Andrew Miller, who went on the disabled list earlier this week with an oblique strain.

Taylor, a left-hander known for excellent control, was 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA with Double-A Jacksonville this season. He made one start in spring training for the Marlins, retiring all nine batters he faced.

Philadelphia has faced two left-handed starters this season and chased each one early. The Phillies scored five runs in 4 2-3 innings off Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa in an 8-4 win April 11, and struck for five runs in four innings off Milwaukee's Manny Parra in an 11-4 victory Tuesday.

Last season, the Phillies hit just .257 off southpaws - 20th in baseball - but also hit a major league-high 74 home runs against lefties. Right fielder Jayson Werth was the biggest threat, hitting .303 in 155 at-bats with 16 of his 24 total homers off left-handers.

Werth is 3-for-7 with three RBIs against lefties this season.

The Phillies will also turn to a left-hander Sunday as they seek their first three-game sweep in Florida since Sept. 21-23, 2004, and it's a pitcher the Marlins would prefer to avoid. Jamie Moyer (2-1, 6.35) is 11-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 12 career starts versus Florida, and he went 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA at Dolphin Stadium in 2008.

Moyer seems to finally be showing his age so far in 2009, but the 45-year-old has won his last two starts. He's allowed four runs over six innings in each, including Tuesday's 11-4 victory in Milwaukee.

"Had a few more ground balls," Moyer told the Phillies' official Web site. "We played well defensively and we scored a lot of runs, which helps."

Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez, batting .345 during a seven-game hitting streak despite battling a sore back, is 11-for-31 (.355) with four homers off Moyer.






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    Phillies 13, Marlins 2  FinalApr 26 5:48 PM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PHILADELPHIA 2 0 0 2 0 0 4 5 0 13 12 0
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 8 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PHI - JAMIE MOYER, CHAD DURBIN (7TH), J.A. HAPP (8TH) AND CHRIS
    COSTE
    FLA - GRAHAM TAYLOR, BURKE BADENHOP (4TH), HAYDEN PENN
    (7TH), KIKO CALERO (8TH), CODY ROSS (9

    Apr 26 3:32 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ALFREDO AMEZAGA SCORED RONNY PAULINO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 13
    FLORIDA 2 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C MAYBIN (.192, 0-FOR-4)

    Phillies 13, Marlins 2  Bot 9, 0 OutsApr 26 3:31 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ERIC BRUNTLETT SCORED MATT STAIRS.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, S VICTORINO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 13
    FLORIDA 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C UTLEY (.317, 1-FOR-4, BB, 2 RBI)

    Phillies 13, Marlins 1  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 26 3:09 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SHANE VICTORINO SCORED RAUL IBANEZ AND PEDRO
    FELIZ.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, S VICTORINO ON SECOND, M STAIRS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 12
    FLORIDA 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: E BRUNTLETT (.188, 1-FOR-4, BB)

    Phillies 12, Marlins 1  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 26 3:07 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO MATT STAIRS SCORED JAYSON WERTH.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M STAIRS ON FIRST, P FELIZ ON SECOND, R
    IBANEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 10
    FLORIDA 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: S VICTORINO (.257, 1-FOR-4, BB, 2 RBI)

    Phillies 10, Marlins 1  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 26 3:05 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PEDRO FELIZ SCORED RYAN HOWARD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P FELIZ ON FIRST, R IBANEZ ON SECOND, J
    WERTH ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 9
    FLORIDA 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C COSTE (.188, 0-FOR-3, HBP)

    Phillies 9, Marlins 1  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 26 2:59 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SHANE VICTORINO SCORED PEDRO FELIZ AND CHRIS
    COSTE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, S VICTORINO ON FIRST, G DOBBS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 8
    FLORIDA 1 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: E BRUNTLETT (.200, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Phillies 8, Marlins 1  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 26 2:31 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO GREG DOBBS SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G DOBBS ON FIRST, C COSTE ON SECOND, P FELIZ
    ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 6
    FLORIDA 1 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: S VICTORINO (.246, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Phillies 6, Marlins 1  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 26 2:30 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PEDRO FELIZ SCORED JAYSON WERTH.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P FELIZ ON FIRST, R IBANEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 5
    FLORIDA 1 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C COSTE (.188, 0-FOR-3)

    Phillies 5, Marlins 1  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 26 2:24 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HANLEY RAMIREZ SCORED CODY ROSS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H RAMIREZ ON FIRST, B BADENHOP ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 4
    FLORIDA 1 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J CANTU (.340, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Phillies 4, Marlins 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 26 1:50 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHASE UTLEY SCORED JAMIE MOYER AND ERIC
    BRUNTLETT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C UTLEY ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 4
    FLORIDA 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R HOWARD (.288, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Phillies 4, Marlins 0  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 26 1:16 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PHILADELPHIA 2 2 1 0
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PHI - JAMIE MOYER
    FLA - GRAHAM TAYLOR

    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C MAYBIN (.208, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
    J HERMIDA (.291, 3 HR, 8 RBI)
    H RAMIREZ (.292, 2 HR, 11 RBI)

    Phillies 2, Marlins 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 26 12:26 PM