Friday, June 1, 2012

Phillies fight through rain, hold off Fish

PHILADELPHIA - In a year of injury, more injury, and even more injury, the Phillies would have a basic formula for success.
Pitch just well enough to survive. Manufacture some runs. Defend with passion. And turn whatever lead possible over to $50,000,058 reliever Jonathan Papelbon.
For a practical application of the plan, there would be their 6-4 victory Friday over the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
After Kyle Kendrick pitched out of trouble for most of his 5 1-3 innings, the Phils took advantage of a five-out Papelbon save to win for the seventh time in nine games before the Marlins could shave any more off of what was a 6-2 deficit.

Pence went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBIs and his 12th home run of the season. Ruiz was also 3-for-4, raising his batting average to .381. Placido Polanco had three hits.
Kendrick improved his record to 2-4. Marlins starter Mark Buehrle fell to 5-5.
Pence's homer into left field stands in the fifth, delivering Placido Polanco and giving the Phillies a 4-1 lead.
Kendrick was wobbly early, as three of the first four Marlins he faced reached base.
Jose Reyes singled to right-center to start the game, but was thrown out at second by Pence while trying to stretch it to a double. Omar Infante then singled before Hanley Ramirez fanned, but Infante would score on a double to left center by Giancarlo Stanton.
Kendrick avoided additional trouble by striking out Logan Morrison.
The Phillies answered in the bottom of the first when Hector Luna smashed a two-run single into left to score Polanco and Pence, both of whom had singled.
Luna was starting in left, with John Mayberry moving to center in the absence of Shane Victorino. Victorino, who had started the first 52 games of the season, was unavailable to start after having taken a cortisone shot in his sore right hand. Luna's single made him 6-for-6 in his career against Mark Buehrle.
Victorino did enter for defense in the eighth, lasting for one out before being removed in a double-switch to accommodate Papelbon.
Kendrick avoided trouble in the third. After Reyes led off with a double, he reached third on a sacrifice by Infante. Infante arrived safely at first on a throwing error by Kendrick. After Ramirez popped up, Stanton walked, loading the bases. But Morrison grounded sharply to first, where Ty Wigginton ignited a 3-6-1 double play.
The Marlins threatened again in the fourth when Bryan Petersen led off with a walk and stole second with one out. After Chris Coghlan walked, Buehrle grounded into a force, leaving runners at first and third. But after Reyes walked to load the bases, Infante lined sharply to Kendrick.
After a 48-minute rain delay in the fourth, Ramirez doubled into the right-field corner before Kendrick struck out Stanton. Morrison grounded sharply to Wigginton, who made a sprawling catch at first, retiring the Miami first baseman for the second out, Ramirez taking third. Continuing the theme of the night, Kendrick coaxed Petersen into popping to Polanco in foul territory behind third, stranding another Miami runner in scoring position.
Kendrick lasted until the sixth, when he was replaced by Chad Qualls with one out and Marlins on first and third. Qualls threw one pitch to Reyes, who grounded into a 4-3-6, non-force-out double play, ending the inning, but allowing Coghlan to score, trimming the Phils' lead to 4-2. Kendrick allowed eight hits and two runs in 5 1-3 innings, throwing 57 of his 93 pitches for strikes.
Freddy Galvis doubled to open the Phils' sixth, went to second on pinch-hitter Pete Orr's sacrifice and scored on a grounder to first by Jimmy Rollins, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead.
Contreras entered in the eighth, but with a 2-2 count to Infante, leading off the inning, appeared to suffer an injury, walking off the arm, holding his right arm. Contreras was replaced by Antonio Bastardo.
The Phils manufactured another run in the seventh when Pence singled, took second on a wild pitch and third on a Chad Gaudin balk before scoring on Luna's sharp double down the left field line.
Morrison's homer to right cut the Phils' lead to 6-3, and Justin Ruggiano followed with a pinch homer to make it 6-4. When John Buck walked, Charlie Manuel replaced Bastardo with Jake Diekman.
Diekman fanned Coghlan, but allowed singles to Donovan Solano and Reyes to load the bases. With few other options, Manuel relied on Jonathan Papelbon, hoping for a five-out save. Papelbon retired Infante on a fisted pop to short, and caught Ramirez looking to snuff another Miami threat.
With a runner on second and two out, Mayberry preserved the victory with an acrobatic catch in center to deny pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs of an extra-base hit.


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