Number nine … number nine …
The Phillies defeated the Marlins, 6-4, thanks to a second-straight ninth-inning comeback and subsequent scoring rush in the 10th frame. The winning runs were provided by a Chase Utley laser single and a Jayson Werth one-bagger. Brad Lidge pitched a nailbiting 10th to collect his fifth save of the season.
Chan Ho Park started the game and pitched his best baseball of 2009. He gave up four runs on five hits in seven innings, falling victim to home runs twice but making up for that with his bat. The pitcher lifted a home run in the third inning to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. Ryan Howard added a shot to make it 2-0. Then the Marlins came back.
The Phils probably should’ve won by a greater margin, but they left numerous men on base, especially in the first inning and sixth inning, when they only managed one run with the bases loaded and nobody out.
Ryan Madon’s scoreless ninth handed him the win. The Phillies are back at .500 and can sweep the Marlins tomorrow.