This Jones Can't Stop The Phils

The Phillies spent four games this week being weary of Andruw Jones. Plus, Chipper Jones beat them Thursday to keep the Phillies from sweeping the Braves. On Saturday, it was Todd Jones who tried to beat the Phillies, but they would have nothing of it. Instead, the Phillies scored ten times in the ninth inning to beat Florida 10-2.

It all started with Jimmy Rollins extending his hitting streak to 23 games. From there, everything that could happen, did; ten runs, eight hits and four Marlins' errors later, the Phillies had given themselves a 10-2 lead over the Marlins and had beaten the vaunted Dontrelle Willis (21-9). The Phillies sent 14 men to the plate against four different Marlins' pitchers in the ninth inning.

Willis started the inning, seemingly in control, but after giving up Rollins' single and a walk to Jason Michaels, he was lifted in favor of Todd Jones. The former Phillie had converted his last 27 save opportunities and hadn't blown a save against a National League team in five months. That changed quickly. An error on Jones himself helped the Phillies, who took advantage of errors by Jones, Luis Castillo, Jeff Conine and Juan Pierre to score four unearned runs in the inning. Up until the ninth, Willis had allowed just three hits, hadn't walked a batter and had put down 12 hitters in a row.

Phils' starter Vicente Padilla pitched well, giving up just one run on four hits and three walks over seven innings. One of those walks came with the bases loaded in the third, leading to the Marlins first run of the game. Ugueth Urbina (4-2) gave up another run in one inning of work in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Conine that scored Pierre. The inning started with Pierre picking up a single, then stealing second. He went to third on a fly ball to right field before Conine drove him in to give the Marlins a 2-0 cushion.

Aaron Fultz didn't have an easy time of things in the ninth, loading the bases before getting Miguel Cabrera to ground out to third base to end the game.

The ten run inning was the first time that the Phillies had ever scored ten runs in a ninth inning before. They have now won six of their last seven games and have outscored the Marlins 22-5 in the first two games of the series. The win kept the Phillies 1/2 game behind Houston, who beat Milwaukee 7-0, in the wild card race.

For the Marlins, they have now lost four straight and find themselves 2 1/2 games behind Houston in the Wild Card Standings.

The series wraps up Sunday with the Phillies sending rookie Eude Brito (1-0, 1.72) against Josh Beckett (14-8, 3.53).


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