MIAMI (AP) — Vance Worley pitched seven shutout innings and the Philadelphia Phillies scored the only run on a close play in the seventh inning to beat the Florida Marlins 1-0 Monday night.
Michael Martinez, playing for an injured Shane Victorino, earned his fifth RBI of the year with a single to center. A sliding Domonic Brown barely beat the throw home, although a TV replay appeared to show he was tagged out before touching the plate.
The Marlins argued only briefly, but twice had a player ejected for disputing other calls.
Worley (4-1) allowed two hits – both singles – and walked two while lowering his ERA to 2.21 in 10 games. Antonio Bastardo pitched a hitless ninth for his fifth save in as many chances to complete a two-hitter for the Phillies, who lead the majors with 13 shutouts.
The Phils have won 20 of their past 24 games in Miami. Their ERA in those games is 2.36.
The Marlins arrived home at 5 a.m. after a nine-game trip, and their batters looked weary. Their last hit came in the third inning, and Florida lost for the 15th time in its past 16 games decided by one run.
Ricky Nolasco (5-5) blanked the Phillies until the seventh. Brown led off the inning with an infield hit, advanced on a walk to Brian Schneider and scored on Martinez’s single despite a strong throw home by center fielder Bryan Petersen.
Martinez started in center for Victorino, who wore a protective sleeve on his right hand to protect a swollen thumb he injured Sunday. He said he hopes to play Tuesday.
Florida advanced a runner to second base in the second, third and fifth innings, but Worley retired the next batter to end the inning each time.
Marlins third baseman Emilio Bonifacio was ejected for throwing his helmet after he was called out on a play at first base in the fifth inning. Catcher John Buck was thrown out when he protested after Brown walked on a 3-2 pitch in the ninth.
Notes: Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was grinning after he helped retire Worley on a dazzling 6-4-3 putout in the third. When Ramirez dove for a grounder, the ball caromed off his glove. Omar Infante snared it barehanded and threw for the out. … Florida slugger Mike Stanton has gone 75 at-bats without a homer. … Worley improved to 4-0 in nine career night games.
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