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September 1 2007

Gone were the drama, the atmosphere and the fans, but the Phillies still showed up and pounded the Marlins for their sixth straight win.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, jumping out to an early 6-0 lead and winning 9-2 to improve to 72-62 on the season. They are in second-place in the NL East, two games behind the Mets. San Diego and Arizona are tied for the lead in the NL West, the Phillies trail both teams by two games for the Wild Card.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and amazed again. He went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out four and got the win to improve to 8-3 with a 3.79 ERA.

Kendrick cruised through three innings, allowing three singles and a walk, but Rollins helped him get a double-play to end each of the three innings.

He started the fourth with a 6-0 lead. Dan Uggla doubled to start the fourth and Miguel Cabrera followed with a double of his own. Uggla scored to get the Marlins on the board at 6-1. Cabrera moved to third on a ground ball to second by Mike Jacobs, but Kendrick struck out Cody Ross and got Jeremy Hermida to pop to third to end the frame.

After a 1-2-3 fifth, Hanley Ramirez started the sixth with a double and stole third with one out. Kendrick struck out Cabrera for the second out, but Ruiz couldn't catch the third strike. Ruiz threw Cabrera out, but Ramirez came in to score from third to make the score 6-2. Kendrick got Jacobs on a ground ball for the third out.

Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 seventh and was pinch-hit for in the top of the eighth. He left having thrown 101 pitches.

Kane Davis, just called up when Geoff Geary was sent back to Triple-A, pitched the eighth and the ninth. He allowed a leadoff single in the ninth to Alfredo Amezaga but got the next three to leave Amezaga stranded at second.

In the ninth the Marlins loaded the bases on two singles and a popup near the pitcher's mound that went in and out of Nunez's glove for an error, but Davis got Amezaga on a fly ball to left with the bases loaded to end the game.

The Phillies' lineup against righty Sergio Mitre went (1) Rollins (2) Utley (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Dobbs (7) Werth (8) Ruiz. More Ruiz behind the plate, third game in a row. Dobbs plays third against the righty. Super hot Werth stays in right against the righty with Victorino on the bench.

Rollins started the first with a double driven to left center and scored when Utley and Burrell followed with ground balls to the right side of the infield to put the Phils up 1-0.

The Phils scored four times in the second to extend the lead to 5-0. Rowand was hit by a pitch to start the inning and went to third on a one-out single by Werth. Ruiz singled on a dribbler to where the second-baseman Uggla would have been if he wasn't covering second on a hit-and-run to make it 2-0 with runners on first and third. Kendrick tried to bunt and he was hit hard on the shoulder with a pitch up and in. Looked bad but he seemed to be fine. It loaded the bases for Rollins, and Rollins singled to right. Everyone moved up a base and it was 3-0. Utley was hit on the foot by a pitch. 4-0. Burrell hit a sac fly to center. 5-0. Howard flew to right.

Rowand doubled to start the third, went to third on a ground out by Dobbs and scored on a single by Werth to make it 6-0. Werth was left stranded when Ruiz and Kendrick went down behind him.

Rollins started the fourth with a single and was caught stealing. Utley walked but Burrell hit into a double-play.

1-2-3 in the fifth. Werth started the sixth with a single but Ruiz hit into a double-play and Kendrick popped out.

In the seventh, the Phils put men on first and third with nobody out on a walk by Rollins and a single by Utley. Burrell lined to third. Howard struck out, but Utley stole second and the ball got away, allowing Rollins to score from third to make it 7-2. Rowand was walked intentionally and Victorino hit for Dobbs against the lefty Tankersley and struck out.

Utley singled with two outs in the eighth, scoring Ruiz and Helms from second and third, both of whom had walked. It put the Phils up 9-2. Nunez struck out behind him.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a double and a walk.

Utley was 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Burrell was 0-for-3 with two RBI.

Howard was 0-for-5 and struck out three times.

Rowand was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Dobbs 0-for-3.

Werth 3-for-4 with an RBI. He's 16-for-his-last-24.

Ruiz was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

JD Durbin (6-3, 5.14) faces righty Byung-Hyun Kim (7-6, 5.44) tonight.  Durbin was fantastic on Monday against the Mets, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings.  He pitched three innings of shutout relief against the Marlins on August 7 in his only appearance against them this season.  He's made seven starts for the Phillies, going 5-2 with a 4.19 ERA.   Kim has been hit hard by lefties this season, they're hitting .296 against him compared to .218 for righties.  He's appeared in six games in August, three of which have been starts, and allowed 21 hits in 11 1/3 innings while throwing to a 10.32 ERA.  He started against the Phillies on May 23 and allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.  That was the game Greg Dobbs inexplicably threw home, Barajas didn't tag Ramirez as he slid through his legs and Myers left with an injured shoulder.

Cole Hamels will not start tomorrow's game as expected after experiencing discomfort in his elbow. Eaton will start instead.

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