Phils Bench Helps Get 5-2 Win Over Marlins

After clinging to a one-run lead for most of the game, the Phillies pushed across two insurance runs in the eighth inning, giving themselves a 5-2 win over the Florida Marlins Monday night in Philly. Again, it was a big pinch-hit that helped the Phils to the win as the bench continued to contribute in a big way.

Tyler Houston doubled down the leftfield line with runners on second and third to give the Phils two runs in the eighth inning and help them to a 5-2 win over the Marlins. Houston, hitting for Terry Adams is now hitting .308 on the season and is part of a Phillies bench that has been nothing if not spectacular this season. The hit scored David Bell and Mike Lieberthal.

The Phillies got a strong outing from Vicente Padilla (2-1), who left the game in the sixth inning after he was hit by a pitch from Marlins starter AJ Burnett (0-1). The pitch hit Padilla on the left – non-pitching – forearm and he initially stayed in the game, but then left when his arm continued to bother him in the sixth inning. Padilla went for x-rays, which were negative, and is listed as day-to-day with a left forearm contusion. Manager Larry Bowa believes Padilla should be able to make his next start.

The Phillies bullpen came through with four and two-third innings of shutout pitching, capped by Jose Mesa, who recorded his second save of the season. Carlos Silva initially relieved Padilla and went one and two-third innings, followed by Dan Plesac and Adams who combined to pitch a scoreless eighth.

The Marlins touched Padilla for two runs in the first inning when Mike Lowell doubled home two runs. The Phillies failed in the bottom of the first, but put one run on the board in the second when Lieberthal singled home Jim Thome, who had walked to leadoff the inning.

The Phillies ability to put two out runs on the board showed in the third. Padilla and Jimmy Rollins both struck out to start the inning, but Placido Polanco drew a walk and Bobby Abreu singled to put runners on first and second. Thome then stepped to the plate and delivered his second triple of the season to score both runners and put the Phillies up 3-2.

The Phillies and Marlins will meet again Tuesday night with Joe Roa (0-2) opposing Josh Beckett (1-1). The Phillies beat Beckett on opening day in Florida.

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