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September 30 2006

The Phillies did their part last night, but it may prove to be too little too late. They scored runs in bunches, pounding the Marlins on a night they simply had to. They needed help, though, and they didn't get it. They've reached the point of the year where despite how many runs they score they can lose ground even when they win.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 14-2 to improve to 84-76 on the year. The Dodgers won in heartbreaking fashion, getting two runs in the ninth to top the Giants 4-3. The Padres lost, meaning the Dodgers and Padres are now tied for the lead in the NL West with two games left. The Phillies are two games behind both teams. Even if the Phillies were to win their last two against the Marlins, they would need either San Diego or Los Angeles to lose two straight to force a tie.

Jamie Moyer, the ancient mariner himself, got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing a run on four hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a triple.

Hanley Ramirez led off the first with a triple. Dan Uggla was next and grounded to first for the first out, with Ramirez still at third. Miguel Cabrera hit a sac fly to Burrell in left, which brought in Ramirez to put the Marlins up 1-0. Moyer got Josh Willingham to end the inning.

Moyer got the first two in the second inning before Alfredo Amezaga doubled to left. The Phillies walked Matt Treanor intentionally to get to the pitcher. Brian Moehler popped out to short to end the inning with the score tied at 1-1.

Ramirez and Uggla led off the third with back-to-back singles. Moyer got Cabrera to pop to short for the first out and Willingham followed with a line out to Burrell in left. Moyer walked Wes Helms to load the bases with two down, but got Cody Ross to line to left to end the frame.

Moyer got Amezaga to start the fourth before Treanor reached on an error, a ground ball that went through Nunez with the Phillies now on top 10-1. Moyer got pinch-hitter Chris Aguila and Ramirez to end the inning.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Rick White came to pitch the sixth with the Phillies up 13-1. Rick White? One of the handful of guys Manuel uses regularly? Really? With a 12-run lead? Okay. White threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

White returned for the seventh and got the first two before allowing a single to Ramirez. Uggla grounded to short to end the inning.

Clay Condrey came in to pitch the eighth with a 14-1 lead and gave up a leadoff walk to Cabrera. Joe Borchard and Jason Wood followed with back-to-back singles that loaded the bases with nobody out. Condrey struck out Reggie Abercrombie for the first out, but pinch-hitter Jeremy Hermida followed with a ground out to first that scored Cabrera and made the score 14-2. Treanor flew out to right to end the inning.

Brian Saches pitched the ninth for the Phils. He got the first two men he faced before walking Uggla and giving up a single to Cabrera. With two down and runners on first and second, he struck out Borchard to end the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Brian Moehler went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Dellucci (7) Coste (8) Nunez. Burrell returns to the five-hole. Coste catches Moyer.

Victorino singled with one out in the first, but Utley and Howard went down behind him.

Burrell led off the second with a double and went to third on a ground out from Dellucci. Coste walked, putting runners on first and third with one out. Nunez hit a ground ball back to the pitcher, and Moehler took the out at first with Burrell scoring from third to tie the game at 1-1. Moyer grounded out to end the frame.

Victorino doubled with one out in the third and went to third on a fly ball by Utley. The Marlins intentionally walked Howard, putting runners on first and third with two outs for Burrell. Burrell hit a three-run homer, putting the Phils up 4-1. Dellucci flew out to left to end the inning.

With one out in the fourth, Nunez and Moyer both singled. Rollins followed with a double that brought in Nunez and sent Moyer to third, making the score 5-1 Phils. Victorino singled, scoring Moyer and moving Rollins to third with the Phillies up 6-1. Rollins scored on a single by Utley that sent Victorino to second. 7-1. Howard popped up for the second out of the inning. Burrell walked to load the bases for Dellucci, who was hit by a pitch. It forced in a run and made the score 8-1. Coste doubled to left, scoring two more. 10-1. The Marlins walked Nunez intentionally to load the bases, but Moyer grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.

Rollins and Victorino hit back-to-back triples to lead off the fifth, putting the Phils up 11-1. Utley popped to second for the first out, but Howard followed with a ground out to first that brought in Victorino to make the score 12-1. Burrell homered, making it 13-1. Dellucci followed with a single but Coste ended the inning with a pop out to second.

Nunez and Joe Thurston went down to start the sixth, but Rollins walked and Victorino doubled him in to make the score 14-1. Utley struck out to end the inning.

Howard and Burrell both walked to start the seventh, but the Phils went down in order behind them.

Danny Sandoval doubled with one out in the eighth, but was left stranded when Victorino popped out and Simon struck out to end the inning.

Dellucci and Coste had back-to-back singles in the ninth, but Nunez ended the inning with a fly ball to left.

Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and a walk.

Victorino was 5-for-6 with two doubles and a triple. Top two combine to go 7-for-10 with a walk and score six runs.

Utley 1-for-5 with a single.

Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI and two walks. The three and four hitters combine to go 1-for-8.

Burrell was 3-for-3 with a double, two home runs and two walks.

Dellucci 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Coste was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

Nunez was 1-for-5 with a walk.

Randy Wolf faces Scott Olsen this afternoon.

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