Phils Reach 5th Consecutive Win, Beat Marlins 5-3
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MIAMI (AP) — John Mayberry drove in three runs with a homer and a sacrifice fly Friday, and the Philadelphia Phillies climbed 42 games above .500 for the first time in franchise’s 129-year history by beating the Florida Marlins 5-3.
The Phillies, whose record of 88-46 is the best in the majors, were 41 games over in 1976. They reached the new pinnacle with their fifth consecutive win.
Roy Oswalt (7-8) bounced back from a loss to the Marlins a week earlier. He allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings while striking out seven.
Mayberry hit a two-run homer, his 13th, to put Philadelphia ahead to stay in the fifth inning. He added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Shane Victorino had two hits and scored twice for the Phillies. They totaled only seven hits but won for the 22nd time in their past 27 games in Miami since September 2008.
Trailing 5-3, the Marlins had two on with one out in the seventh. Third baseman Placido Polanco made a diving stop to retire Greg Dobbs and end the threat.
Three Phillies combined to pitch 2 2-3 innings of shutout relief. Ryan Madson earned his 27th save in 29 chances with a one-hit ninth.
Marlins rookie Brad Hand (1-5), recalled before the game from Double-A Jacksonville to make his ninth start of the year, pitched into the sixth inning and allowed four runs, three earned. Jose Lopez hit his sixth homer for Florida.
The Phillies trailed 2-1 in the fifth when Hunter Pence reached on a throwing error by shortstop Emilio Bonifacio. Mayberry followed with a homer.
In the sixth inning, the Marlins walked three, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches, but the Phillies scored only once – on Mayberry’s sacrifice fly.
Victorino led off the game with a triple that left fielder Logan Morrison could have caught. Polanco followed with a sacrifice fly.
Victorino singled to start the seventh and later scored on a wild pitch by Mike Dunn.
Bonifacio doubled to start Florida’s first and later scored on a double play. The Marlins took a 2-1 lead in the third when Omar Infante doubled and later scored on Mike Stanton’s groundout.
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