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Rollins, Phils Hook the Fish

The Phillies began a crucial 20 games in 20 days stretch tonight against the Miami Marlins. These next 20 games will show just how good this team is, and whether or not many of the names on the roster will still be here come August 1.

A.J. Burnett took to the mound in search of a milestone, his 150th career win. The one time Marlin was back in Miami tonight hoping to secure a Phils victory.

The offense got off to a fast start, beginning with a lead-off single by Jimmy Rollins. Rollins then stole second before Chase Utley walked. Ryan Howard then doubled Rollins home for a quick 1-0 lead. Utley would score on an RBI ground out by Marlon Byrd for a 2-0 lead.

Burnett struggled in the bottom of the first, hitting Derek Dietrich with one out. He then walked Giancarlo Stanton to put two men on base with one out. Third baseman Casey McGehee then singled to center-field to bring Dietrich home. Burnett then allowed a single to first baseman Garrett Jones to load the bases. Marcell Ozuna followed with a walk to force Stanton home for a 2-2 ballgame.

Burnett began the third inning with another walk to Stanton. Jones then doubled down the line in right to bring Stanton all the way around from first to put the Marlins up 3-2. Burnett had four walks tonight, along with three earned runs.

The Phils would retake the lead in the fifth inning, starting with a one out double by Burnett. The next batter was Rollins, and he hit a long fly ball over the wall in right for a two run home run and a 4-3 Phillies’ lead. With that hit, Rollins passed Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio for 175th on the all-time list. He finished with two hits, two runs scored and a stolen base.

They tacked on two more in the sixth, when Byrd got things started with a double. After a pitching change, Cody Asche walked to put men on first and second. Marlins’ reliever Brad Hand uncorked a wild pitch to Domonic Brown, allowing the runners to move up.  After Brown struck out, Tony Gwynn, Jr. would be intentionally walked to bring up the pitcher’s spot. Ryne Sandberg sent John Mayberry, Jr. up to pinch hit for Burnett, and he came through with a single to left. Byrd and Asche would score to push the lead to 6-3.

Burnett did not have a great night, but he went five innings and only allowed three runs on three hits and the four walks. The win tonight was the 150th of his career. His bullpen made it close later on, as both Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon allowed run each. Still, they held on for a 6-5 win to begin the series and 20 game stretch on the right foot.

The Phillies received some bad news after the game, as Cliff Lee was placed on the 15 day disabled list with an elbow strain. Not what this streaking team needed to hear, especially with this important stretch just beginning.

The Phils and Marlins clash again tomorrow night at Marlins Park. Kyle Kendrick gets the start for Philadelphia against Nate Eovaldi for Miami.

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