Roa, released by the Marlins in spring training, came within
three outs of his first career shutout and Jimmy Rollins'
bases-loaded triple sparked a five-run fourth inning as the
Phillies beat Florida 6-1 Thursday night.
"They are one of the teams that I wanted to prove that I could
pitch at this level,'' said Roa, who was 14-0 with a 1.86 ERA in
Triple-A. "It was absolutely a motivating factor.''
Phillies manager Larry Bowa was planning on taking Roa (4-3) out
after the eighth inning but Roa wanted to stay in.
"He said, 'Let me go out, I owe these people something,''' Bowa
said. "He's given us a quality start every time out there. He's a
guy you want to see do well.''
Marlins manager Jeff Torborg praised Roa and said that his
release was a numbers issue.
"We liked him, it was more what was in front of him,'' Torborg
said. "We had three starters in front of our other starters. Joe
would have been more of a long man for us and he wanted to find a
place to start.''
Kevin Millar led off the ninth with a single, went to second on
a balk and scored on Mike Lowell's bloop single to right field to
end Roa's night. Roa allowed eight hits and no walks in the longest
outing of his career.
Mike Timlin finished for the Phillies.
Placido Polanco led off the five-run fourth with a double and
went to third on Tomas Perez's one-out single. Roa then hit a
grounder back to pitcher Michael Tejera but the throw to second was
wide, loading the bases.
Marlon Byrd hit his first career homer, a solo shot to left
center, in the second to put the Phillies up 1-0. Philadelphia,
which leads the league in runners stranded, left the bases loaded
in that inning.
The Marlins threatened in the fifth, putting runners at first
and third with two outs. Luis Castillo then hit a fly ball into the
right-field corner but Byrd made a sliding catch to end the inning.
"I knew that if I could make that catch, we would be good the
rest of the game,'' said Byrd, who got his first taste of the
unyielding Veterans Stadium turf. "When you come up with the
catch, you don't feel anything.''
Tejera (8-8) had his shortest outing of the year, giving up six
runs -- four earned -- and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. He is 0-3 in
five starts since beating San Francisco on Aug. 16.
"He looks tired,'' Torborg said. I don't know if he's ever
pitched in September before.''
Millar doubled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 18
games, the longest current streak in the NL. Lowell extended his
hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the fourth.
Burrell hit in the third spot for the first time this
season. ... In their 11-game road trip, the Marlins outscored their
opponents 22-8 in their four wins and were outscored 56-13 in their
seven losses. ... Millar's streak matches his 18-game streak
earlier this season as his career high. ... Burrell's sacrifice fly
in the fourth was his 111th RBI, the most by a Phillie since Mike
Schmidt had 113 in 1987.