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(Tuesday, May 20th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Miami 5
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Rollins clubbed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies went on to post a 6-5 victory over the Miami Marlins in the opener of a three-game series.
Rollins finished 2-for-4 as he continues to close in on the franchise's all- time hits record. He is now up to 2,215 hits, trailing only Hall of Famers Richie Ashburn (2,217) and Mike Schmidt (2,234).
Philadelphia matched a season high with a third straight win while snapping Miami's four-game winning streak at Marlins Park.
The Marlins, who returned home after a 4-7 road trip, nearly erased a three- run deficit against the Philadelphia bullpen.
Mike Adams walked Casey McGehee to begin the eighth and Garrett Jones followed with a double -- Miami's first hit since the third. One pitch after third baseman Cody Asche couldn't make a basket catch on a popup in foul territory, Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled home McGehee to cut the deficit to 6-4.
Adams worked out of further trouble with a pair of strikeouts and a fielder's choice groundout.
The Marlins threatened again in the ninth against closer Jonathan Papelbon, who walked two before Jones' fourth hit in the game, a two-out bloop single to left-center field plated Giancarlo Stanton.
Papelbon, however, earned his 12th save when Saltalamacchia flied out to center.
The teams were tied at 2-2 after a laborious first inning for both starters.
The Marlins' Anthony DeSclafani (1-1), making his second major league start, gave up an RBI double to Ryan Howard and a run-scoring groundout to Marlon Byrd.
Miami responded with two runs off former Marlin A.J. Burnett (3-3). McGehee hit an RBI single and Marcell Ozuna drew a bases-loaded walk.
Jones gave Miami the lead with an RBI double in the third, but the Phillies moved ahead on Rollins' home run off DeSclafani.
"Obviously if I could have one pitch back, it'd be the one to Rollins," DeSclafani said. "That kinda hurt me. The team gave me a lead and I've got to put zeros up after that."
The blast to right field followed a one-out double by Burnett, who lifted for a pinch hitter with the bases loaded in the sixth.
John Mayberry came off the bench and ripped two-run single off reliever Brad Hand past the third baseman McGehee to make it 6-3.
"They gave me the heads-up that if the bases were loaded, I might get a pinch hit there," Mayberry said. "I just tried to prepare myself to have a quality at-bat, get a good pitch to hit and try to hit it hard."
After the game, the Phillies placed starting pitcher Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list with a grade 1/2 left elbow strain ... Philadelphia swept a three-game set at home against the Marlins from April 11-13 ... Burnett gave up three hits, walked four and struck out five in five innings. He compiled a 49-50 record with a 3.73 ERA while pitching for the Marlins from 1999-2005 ... DeSclafani was tagged for five runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings ... Howard has hit in nine straight games against Miami ... Papelbon entered the game with a 15-inning scoreless streak ... Marlins manager Mike Redmond was ejected by home plate umpire Will Little in the bottom of the sixth after Adeiny Hechavarria was called out on strikes.
05/21 01:02:57 ET
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