Brett Myers (1-0) threw 5 2/3 strong innings and Pat Burrell hit his fourth homerun of the season as the Phillies beat Florida 4-1 Monday night. The win gives the Phillies three straight wins and keeps them one game behind Atlanta in the National League East.
Myers now has a season ERA of just 0.73 after his first two starts.
Ryan Madson relieved Myers in the sixth and pitched out of a jam as the Phillies bullpen kept the Marlins off the board over the final 3 1/3 innings. Billy Wagner picked up his first save of the season, pitching the ninth inning.
Burrell was 1-for-4 and is now hitting .448 and has hit safely in all seven games for the Phillies. Earlier in the day, Burrell was named the National League Player of the Week. Bobby Abreu also continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and has pushed his average up to .313 on the season.
Mark Budzinski continued to hit for Scranton, going 3-for-4 with a homerun. Budzinski is now hitting .500 (8-for-16) on the season.
Carlos Chantres, who was just promoted from AA Reading, allowed three earned runs in six innings. Brian Sanches (1-0) pitched one inning of relief and got the win, while Dan Giese threw two shutout innings for his first save of the season.
Scranton beat Richmond 8-4.
Ryan Cameron and Jeff Wilson gave the R-Phils four shutout innings of relief, but the damage was already done against starter Chris Rojas (0-1). Rojas was hit for five runs - four earned - over five innings of work for Reading.
Former number one pick Donnie Bridges (1-0) held Reading to just five hits, pitching eight strong innings.
Starting pitcher Erick Arteaga (0-1) struggled in the first inning, giving up five runs. Arteagea settled down in the next inning and threw 4 2/3 innings giving up 6 runs and 8 hits on the night. The damage was already done as Lakeland went on to a 6-5 win over Clearwater.
Brad Correll doubled to bring in two runs in the bottom of the first to get the threshers back into the game.
Clearwater also mounted a mini-rally in the fifth, scoring three runs to pull within one run, but neither offense was able to push any more runs across for the rest of the game.
Jose Perez and Clary Carlson shut down the Tigers after Arteaga exited.
The Threshers record fell to 1-4 on the season.
The Lakewood BlueClaws (1-4) began their first road trip of the year by taking on the first place Hagerstown Suns (5-0), the New York Mets affiliate. Mike Carp's grand slam for the Suns was too much for the BlueClaws to overcome as they dropped game one of their three game series 6-1.
The BlueClaws tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third. Greg Golson connected for a one out single then Sean Gamble followed with a walk. Both runners advanced on Suns pitcher Matt Durkins throwing error and Golson then scored on Brad Harman's ground ball out to short.
Lakewood's starter Maximo De Le Cruz (0-1) would run into trouble in the bottom half of the third inning. After two walks and a throwing error by third baseman Sam Orr, Carp connected for a grand slam to right to put the Suns up 5-1.
De Le Cruz allowed six runs on five hits over the course of six innings while striking out nine and walking just two.
The BlueClaws Jason Drobiak went 2-for-4 in the game and Greg Golson was 1-for-4.
For the second game in a row, Lakewood hitters struck out 13 times. Lakewood has now struck out 48 times in five games. batters.