Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins finally crossed home plate in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s afternoon game with the Philadelphia Phillies. The simple scoring of a run was something that had become unfamiliar to the Marlins as of late.
The Marlins had gone 30 straight innings before scoring in the fourth inning Wednesday. It was the longest streak for consecutive scoreless innings in team history, besting a 27 inning scoreless streak in the club’s inaugural season in 1993.
Not only did the Marlins score, but they scored twice in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead over the Phillies.
With the score, the Marlins also avoided being the first team in 20 years to be shut out in four straight games. According to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, the Cubs pulled off that feat in 1992.
From there the floodgates opened up en route to a Marlins 9-2 victory over the Phillies.
“They are going to score some runs,” Phils manager Charlie Manuel said. “The law of averages will catch up to you.”
Mark Buehrle (10-11) achieved the 10-win milestone on his sixth try, extending his streak reaching double digits in victories to 12 consecutive years. The left-hander allowed two runs in seven innings.
“The rest of the starters were giving me a hard time because we finally scored on my time — ‘It must be nice to get some runs,’” Buehrle said. “It’s always nice to get some early runs.”
“I really just left it up a little bit,” Halladay said. “It’s kind of one I want back. Really that was kind of the big one.”
The homer was just the fourth for Dobbs.
“He’s not a home run hitter,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. “That was something we were not expecting.”
Giancarlo Stanton had two hits, scored once and drove in a run. Austin Kearns added a two-run pinch-hit single in Miami’s six-run eighth, and Bryan Petersen hit a two-run double.
Ryan Webb completed a five-hitter by pitching the ninth for the last-place Marlins, who went 2-4 on their homestand.
Ty Wigginton hit his 10th homer and drove in both runs for the Phillies.
Halladay (6-7) was backed by a lineup sprinkled with reserves. He allowed three runs in seven innings, while Buehrle was just a bit better.
“Any time you go against a guy like that, you have to be on your A game,” Buehrle said. “Everything was working. I felt good. I got outs, and that’s all that matters.”
The game was only the 12th between starting pitchers who had thrown perfect games, so it was no surprise runs were hard to come by early.
Carlos Lee scored the Marlins‘ first run after he walked on a 3-2 pitch. Halladay and catcher Erik Kratz lost track of the count and appealed, and plate umpire Chad Fairchild’s crew checked with the press box.
“Kratzy and I both thought there were three balls,” Halladay said. “They weren’t 100 percent sure, and that was a little bit surprising. Kratzy asked him and he said, ‘Well, I think it’s four, but I’m not quite sure,’ and they asked the first base umpire and he said, ‘Well, I think it’s four, but I’m not sure either.’
“So they ended up calling upstairs to find out. It was weird. Maybe one of them was close or something and that’s what threw us off, but they weren’t 100 percent either, so that was odd.”
Lee went to third on a double by Stanton and scored on Dobbs’ single. Donovan Solano followed with a sacrifice fly.
Dobbs had three hits and improved his lifetime average against Halladay to .583 (7 for 12).
Stanton singled home a run in the eighth off B.J. Rosenberg, who gave up three runs.
At the start of Wednesday’s game, the Marlins had a 52-65 record and were a full 20 games out of first place.