Sloppy Play by Phils Helps Marlins

The Phillies started strong, but miscues in the field and on the basepaths sank them to a 7-6 loss to the Florida Marlins. The loss puts the Phillies 2 1/2 games behind the Astros in the NL Wild Card race.

An injured Paul Lo Duca delivered a pinch-hit, two run single in the top of the seventh to lead the Marlins to a 7-6 win in Philadelphia Saturday night. The win kept the Marlins just 1/2 game behind Houston in the NL Wild Card race.

The Phillies bullpen shouldered a lot of the blame, but weak fielding and a baserunning blunder by Jimmy Rollins certainly didn't help. Ryan Madson (6-5) gave up three seventh inning runs as the Marlins rallied from a 6-4 deficit to take the lead.

Defensive gaffes by Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell helped the Marlins early in the game and Rollins was picked off of first base by Jim Mecir in the eighth inning to thwart a potential rally.

The Phillies were also hurt by leaving runners on base, stranding 11 men on base, six in scoring position. Pat Burrell stranded eight men on base with his 0-for-4 night.

"We left a lot of guys on base and played sloppy," said Phils' manager Charlie Manuel.

Rollins did help the Phillies to an early lead by opening the offense with a double to center field and moving to third on a bunt by Jason Michaels. Abreu then singled to give the Phillies an early 1-0 lead. Rollins finished with two doubles and a triple to extend his hitting streak to a career high 16 games.

The Marlins used four rookie pitchers in the game, including starter Jason Vargas and relievers Chris Resop (1-0) - who got his first major league win - Josh Johnson and Randy Messenger.

Veteran and former Phillie Todd Jones got the final four outs for his 36th save of the season. Jones has now saved 26 games in a row and has blown just two saves all season.

Brett Myers started for the Phillies and was hit hard, lasting just 4 1/3 innings. During the outing, Myers was hit for four runs on 11 hits and one walk. It was the second shortest outing of the season for Myers, who is just 3-2, 4.80 in his last eight starts.


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