The Phillies finally got a run, well three to be exact, in their first win since one week ago; topping the Florida Marlins 3-2. Kyle Kendrick went six innings, giving up five hits and two unearned runs on a throwing error in the third. The Phillies first run in nearly 30 innings of play came on the RBI triple from Raul Ibanez scoring Ryan Howard from first. The win tonight was much-needed, as it snapped a five game losing streak. The second run to tie the game came on a Ryan Howard opposite field single to score Chase Utley from second. The first go ahead run came on a ground out from Utley which allowed Shane Victorino to score from third.
Kendrick (W, 3) struggled at times, but pitched well enough to keep the Phillies in the game and allowed him to win his third game of the season. The shaken up lineup, missing starters Placido Polanco and Jayson Werth, did shine a light on the struggling Greg Dobbs who got the start at third tonight. Dobbs went 0-4 with two strikeouts and grounded into a double play; Juan Castro replaced Dobbs in the game at third.
Jose Contreras (S, 3) got the call in the ninth, earning his third save of the season in as many opportunities. However, it didn’t go as smoothly as anyone would have liked. After a quick strikeout to Hanley Ramirez; Jorge Cantu singled on a line drive to right field, followed by a Dan Uggla single also to right field. Contreras struck out right fielder Cody Ross and got Ronny Paulino to fly out to center to end the game.
It wasn’t a pretty win; it was a close one that didn’t come easy. But we finally got a run. And the win.
Game two tomorrow at 7:10 features what should be a great pitcher’s duel between aces Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson.
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