National League Game Summary - Philadelphia at Miami|
(Sunday, April 14th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, Miami 1
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Laynce Nix hit a solo homer in the
ninth inning and Roy Halladay pitched eight solid frames, as the Philadelphia
Phillies beat the Miami Marlins, 2-1, in the rubber match of a three-game
Halladay (1-2), who has never dropped three straight starts to open a season,
gave up one run on five hits to nail down career win No. 200. The right-hander
saw his ERA drop from 14.73 to 7.63.
"I had been putting a lot of pressure on myself," Halladay said. "My plan the
whole week was to worry about the game and not worry about what was going on
Michael Young had an RBI for the Phillies, who improved to 6-6 on the young
Miami starter Kevin Slowey allowed one run on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Jon Rauch (0-2) gave up the homer to Nix to take the loss.
Chris Valaika knocked in the lone run for the Marlins, who fell to 2-10.
"We've battled every game," Slowey said. "I think our record may be a little
Each team failed to score with runners in scoring position early on. Miami
stranded a runner on third in the second. Former Phillie Greg Dobbs led off
with a double down the right-field line and moved to third on a sacrifice
bunt. However, Rob Brantly popped out and Valaika flied out to keep it a
The Marlins left a runner on second during their next at-bat. Adeiny
Hechavarria singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. This time
around, Juan Pierre fouled out and Chris Coghlan grounded out.
Philadelphia, which stranded the bases loaded in the fifth, broke a scoreless
tie in the sixth. Ryan Howard started things off with a double to left and
raced home on Young's single up the middle, which deflected off a diving
The Marlins finally got to Halladay in the seventh. With one out, Justin
Ruggiano singled and Brantly walked. Valaika followed with an RBI single to
left. Hechavarria flied into a double play to keep it a 1-1 game.
In the ninth, Nix smacked Rauch's offering into the upper deck in right to
give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.
Jonathan Papelbon held Miami scoreless in the bottom half to pick up his third
save of the season.
Halladay, who improved to 8-4 lifetime against the Marlins, became just the
109th pitcher in MLB history to collect 200-or-more career wins ... Phillies
shortstop Freddy Galvis took a pitch off his right hand in the top of the
ninth ... Marlins outfielder Austin Kearns was a late scratch due to an
irregular heartbeat. He was taken to the hospital for further evaluation ...
Miami's Giancarlo Stanton missed his third straight game with a left shoulder
injury ... Philadelphia went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and
stranded 10 ... The Marlins went 1-for-6 with RISP and left five men on base.
04/14 20:22:38 ET