PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chad Billingsley had his best outing in nearly three years and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Saturday night.
Billingsley (2-3) gave up four hits, walked one and struck out two to help the major league-worst Phillies win their second straight game for the first time since a three-game winning streak June 21-23.
Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown lined RBI singles off Tom Koehler (7-6) in the first inning. The Phillies got just two hits the rest of the game.
It was the first time Billingsley didn’t allow a run since Aug. 19, 2012, when he threw seven scoreless innings in a win for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Billingsley missed almost two full seasons following two elbow operations before returning this season with the Phillies. He made three starts and then missed six weeks with a shoulder injury.
Koehler gave up three runs – two earned – and three hits in six innings. He retired the last 12 batters he faced.
Ken Giles pitched around two hits in the eighth for the Phillies, firing a 100 mph fastball past Adeiny Hechavarria to strand runners on second and third. Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 15th save in 15 tries.
The All-Star closer who made it clear numerous times he wants to be traded heard some boos when he jogged in from the bullpen. A youngster who reached over a railing in the upper deck to snare a foul ball in the ninth drew louder cheers than Papelbon, the Phillies’ career saves leader.
A pair of errors by the sloppy Marlins in the second inning led to another run on Ben Revere’s fielder’s choice groundout.
After Billingsley left, the Marlins scored off Jake Diekman in the sixth. Ichiro Suzuki singled, stole second and scored on Martin Prado’s double.
Marlins: RHP Jarred Cosart will be examined by a doctor in New Orleans on Sunday because of recent dizziness while pitching. Cosart went on the disabled list in May because he had vertigo. … Utility player Don Kelly had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
Phillies: Six-time All-Star 2B Chase Utley could start a rehab stint within two weeks. Utley was batting .179 before going on the DL with an ankle injury in June. … RHP Jerome Williams allowed one earned run in eight innings in his third rehab start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday. It’s uncertain whether Williams rejoins the rotation when he’s ready. Williams was 3-7 with a 6.43 ERA in 14 starts.
Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (5-7, 3.63 ERA) opposes Marlins RHP Dan Haren (7-5, 3.24) in the series finale Sunday afternoon. Hamels seeks his first win since May 23. The ace could be making his final start in Philadelphia if the Phillies trade him before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
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