Instant Replay: Phillies 2, Marlins 1

Instant Replay: Phillies 2, Marlins 1

April 14, 2013, 3:45 pm
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MIAMI -- Roy Halladay pitched eight innings of one-run ball and Laynce Nix belted a pinch-hit home run in the top of the ninth inning to give the Phillies a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon.

The win was the 200th of Halladay’s career. The eight innings pitched were more than he had combined in his first two starts.

The Phils took two of three from the Marlins, but scored just six runs in the three games.

The Phils are 6-6.

Miami is 2-10. The Marlins have scored just 20 runs in 12 games

Starting pitching report
Halladay had his best start of the season. He walked one and struck out two. He threw just 87 pitches, 58 strikes.

Halladay had begun the season with two poor starts, allowing 12 runs in a total of 7 1/3 innings.

He is the first pitcher to win his 200th game in a Phillies uniform since Steve Carlton in 1978.

Marlins right-hander Kevin Slowey allowed nine hits and a run over 5 1/3 innings.

Bullpen report
Jonathan Papelbon had the save.

Chad Qualls, who pitched poorly for the Phillies last season, worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the Marlins.

Nix’s home run came against Jon Rauch, who took both losses in the series.

At the plate
The Phils were a dismal 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position. They were 1 for 7 in Saturday night’s loss.

They grounded into three double plays. Three times they hit first-pitch ground outs (two by Chase Utley), leaving seven men on base.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the sixth. Ryan Howard led off with a double and scored on Michael Young’s single up the middle.

Nix has two pinch-hit homers this season.

In the field
Utley made two standout plays at second base behind Halladay. Centerfielder Ben Revere ran a mile to snag Greg Dobbs’ sinking liner for the first out in the ninth.

The Marlins tied the game at 1-1 on a one-out base hit by Chris Valaika in the bottom of the seventh. The Marlins had runners on first and second after the hit, but the potential rally short-circuited when Rob Brantley lost track of the outs and was doubled off second on a fly ball to center.

Health check
The Marlins played their third game in a row without slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has a sore shoulder. Outfielder Austin Kearns was out on Sunday. He was being checked for an irregular heartbeat.

Up next
The Phils open a three-game series in Cincinnati on Monday night. Here are the pitching matchups for the series:

Monday night – LHP Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.08) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (1-1, 5.25)

Tuesday night – RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.40) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (1-1, 5.73)

Wednesday night – LHP John Lannan (0-0, 2.77) vs. RHP Mike Leake (0-0, 6.75)

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