Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Six run eighth helps Marlins avoid sweep

August 15, 2012

Box Score (Courtesy of, Associated Press
Roy Halladay won his last two starts in dominant fashion, showing that he is returning to ace form since coming back from injury.

On Wednesday, Halladay threw seven solid innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth and the sixth.

Halladay (L, 6-7) allowed two runs in the fourth. The first from a single by Gregg Dobbs that scored Carlos Lee, and the second from a sacrifice fly by Donavan Solano to score Giancarlo Stanton.

In the sixth, Dobbs struck again, hitting a solo home run to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead.

Halladay finished the day with seven strikeouts, a walk, six hits, and three earned runs.

In the eighth, the Marlins rallied.

B.J. Rosenberg made a relief appearance for the Phils but was pulled after allowing an RBI single to Stanton that scored Jose Reyes, who reached base on a walk.

Raul Valdes was put in in relief of the struggling Rosenberg.

Valdes got Gregg Dobbs to fly out to center for the first out of the inning. But, with Carlos Lee on third and Giancarlo Stanton at second, intentionally walked Donavan Soalno to load the bases.

Valdes was then pulled in favor of Michael Schwimer, who struck out John Buck, but then gave up a single to pinch-hitter Austin Kearns that scored Lee and Stanton.

Schwimer went on to give up three more runs to make it 9-2, before getting Jose Reyes to ground out to first for the final out.

Ty Wigginton was the source of the Phillies two runs against Miami. He hit a solo home run in the fifth, then hit an RBI single in the sixth that scored Kevin Frandsen, tying the game at two.

Ultimately though, the Phillies struggled against Marlins starter Mark Buehrle (W, 10-11).

Buehrle threw for seven innings, with five hits, two earned runs, a walk and three strikeouts.

Mike Dunn pitched a scoreless eighth for Miami. Then Ryan Webb finished the game by pitching a scoreless ninth.

The Phillies failed to get the sweep, but took two of three from the Marlins to open up their seven game road trip.

They will head to Milwaukee now for a four game series against the Brewers, starting on Thursday.

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