PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer, Wilson Valdez had a three-RBI triple and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Florida Marlins 8-1 Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader.
The Phillies send Roy Halladay to the mound against Anibal Sanchez in the second game.
Rollins and Valdez had their big hits in a six-run third inning against Marlins starter Elih Villanueva (0-1). Villanueva threw 92 pitches and lasted three innings in his major league debut for the Marlins, who lost their fifth straight.
Kyle Kendrick (4-4) allowed one run and five hits in seven strong innings. The NL East-leading Phillies won their fifth straight game.
Rollins went deep for the second straight game and had four RBIs.
The Phillies are a season-high 16 games over .500 at 42-26 – the best record in baseball.
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