Final in 12

Series: Game 2 of 3

Philadelphia leads 2-0 (as of 7/17)

Game 1: Thursday, July 16
Game 2: Friday, July 17
in 12
Game 3: Saturday, July 18
Game 3: Sunday, July 19

Phillies 6

(50-38, 28-15 away)

Marlins 5

(46-46, 25-23 home)

    7:10 PM ET, July 17, 2009

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    FLA 00000120001 5 12 0

    W: C. Condrey (5-2)

    L: B. Badenhop (5-4)

    S: B. Lidge (19)

    Phillies-Marlins Preview


    The Philadelphia Phillies ended the first half as baseball's hottest team at home, and began the second half looking like what they've been all season -- the best road club in the major leagues.

    The Phillies will try to win their seventh in a row overall and move 13 games above .500 on the road Friday night when they face the Florida Marlins, their closest pursuers in the NL East.

    Philadelphia (49-38) struggled at home in the first half, but a 9-1 homestand heading into the All-Star break gave it a four-game lead over the Marlins.

    That cushion reached five Thursday, when the Phillies got two home runs from Raul Ibanez and the 200th homer of Ryan Howard's career while one-hitting Florida in a 4-0 win.

    Howard reached the 200-homer milestone in fewer games (658) than any player in history, topping the record previously held by Ralph Kiner (706).

    "It's a nice feat," said Howard, batting .379 (11 for 29) with four homers and seven RBIs against the Marlins. "It's a nice record to have. I'll take it and run with it."

    The victory gave Philadelphia its second six-game winning streak of 2009, one shy of its season high set from May 29-June 4. It also gave the Phillies a 27-15 road mark, achieved despite a 3-6 record on their most recent trip.

    "We finished the first half the way we wanted," Howard said. "It's important to get off to a good start in the second half."

    Ibanez was batting .182 with two RBIs in six games against Florida before hitting a solo homer and a two-run shot Thursday. The homers were his first since returning Saturday from a three-week stint on the disabled list due to a strained groin.

    Injuries were a problem earlier this season for Cole Hamels (5-5, 4.87 ERA), but lately he's been struggling despite being healthy.

    The 2008 World Series MVP went 1/3 with a 5.53 ERA in his last seven starts, narrowing avoiding his fourth loss in that stretch Saturday because of a stunning Philadelphia comeback. Hamels gave up five runs and seven hits -- three homers -- over six innings to Pittsburgh, getting bailed out when his teammates rallied for four runs in the ninth inning of an 8-7 win.

    Philadelphia has lost Hamels' last five starts against the Marlins, with the left-hander going 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA.

    Florida first baseman Jorge Cantu is 3 for 13 (.231) against Hamels, but all three hits were home runs.

    The Marlins (46-45) had won 10 of 11 at home prior to their one-hit effort Thursday, a run powered largely by their rotation. Florida starters went 7-1 with a 2.71 ERA, highlighted by their final home victory before the All-Star break, a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh in which Ricky Nolasco (6-7, 5.76) allowed three hits and struck out 12 over eight innings.

    That was Nolasco's fourth straight win, but his streak ended last Friday at Arizona. The right-hander gave up seven runs -- all in the first four innings -- and nine hits over six innings of an 8-0 loss.

    Nolasco hasn't faced the Phillies this season, but was 3-1 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts versus Philadelphia in 2008.

    Howard has three hits -- all homers -- in 13 at-bats against Nolasco.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW1L1
    Last 104-66-4

    Pitching Matchup

    C. Hamels
    10-11, 4.32 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/3 vs FLA
    3.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Loss
    R. Nolasco
    13-9, 5.06 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/30 at ATL
    7.2 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    1. J. Rollins, SS C. Coghlan, LF
    2. S. Victorino, CF E. Bonifacio, 3B
    3. C. Utley, 2B H. Ramirez, SS
    4. R. Howard, 1B J. Cantu, 1B
    5. R. Ibanez, LF C. Ross, CF
    6. J. Werth, RF R. Paulino, C
    7. P. Feliz, 3B B. Carroll, RF
    8. C. Ruiz, C A. Gonzalez, 3B
    9. C. Hamels, P R. Nolasco, P