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Bullpen holds lead as Phillies top Marlins


• Goat: Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis allowed seven hits and gave up seven earned runs in three innings to spot the Phillies to the early advantage.


• Pat's hot bat: Burrell's 27th homer in the second made it 7-0. He was batting only .201 on July 1 but hit .290 in August to turn his season around. He has 54 RBIs in his last 57 games.


• Figure this: The Marlins scored five runs in the sixth, all on home runs by Hanley Ramirez, Mike Jacobs and Jeremy Hermida.

• Quotable" "Hopefully, we've turned the page and can find a way to get
into the playoffs instead of going home." -- Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins

-- ESPN.com news services

Phillies 8, Marlins 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Each home run off Jamie Moyer brought
thoughts of another Philadelphia collapse, another squandered
chance to gain ground in its playoff push.

Only this time, the Phillies' bullpen bailed him out.

Pat Burrell homered and drove in three runs, and Moyer overcame
one awful inning to remain unbeaten against Florida and lead
Philadelphia to an 8-5 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

"Hopefully, we've turned the page and can find a way to get
into the playoffs instead of going home," shortstop Jimmy Rollins
said.

Not turning some of these would-be blowouts into tight scores
sure would help.

Carlos Ruiz also homered for the Phillies, who tagged Dontrelle Willis and rebounded from a crushing loss on Wednesday at Atlanta
to take two of three from the Marlins. The Phillies open a
four-game set with Colorado on Monday in a series that could
shuffle the National League wild-card standings.

Philadelphia is two games behind San Diego, the wild-card
leader.

"We've got to put together some good baseball and not make too
many mistakes," said Brett Myers, who got his 15th save.

Hanley Ramirez, Jeremy Hermida and Mike Jacobs homered during a
five-run sixth for the Marlins.

Twice last week the Phillies blew 5-0 leads in stunning losses
to Florida and Atlanta that knocked them back in the NL East and
severely hindered their wild-card run. They almost blew another
early lead again in this one.

Behind homers from Ruiz and Burrell, the Phillies went up 8-0
through five against Florida. Moyer (13-11) was cruising, pitching
one-hit ball. Then, as suddenly as the soft-tossing lefty was
retiring batters, he got battered in the sixth.

Reggie Abercrombie had a pinch-hit double to open the inning and
Ramirez followed with his 26th homer. Two batters later, Hermida
hit his 15th homer to make it 8-3.

After another single -- and Moyer was getting hit hard at that
point -- pitching coach Rich Dubee came out for a visit while
Antonio Alfonseca hurriedly warmed up. Jacobs' 14th homer, a
two-run shot to right, made it 8-5 and ended Moyer's day.

"Jamie's a tough guy to really know when to get," Phillies
manager Charlie Manuel said.

With Moyer faltering, the bullpen did its job for the second
straight day. Alfonseca finished the sixth, and Kane Davis,
J.C. Romero and Myers each worked a scoreless inning.

The Phillies threw five innings of scoreless relief against
Florida on Saturday and allowed only one run in 4 2/3 innings in
Friday night's loss.

"A lot relied on the bullpen in this series and we had to do
our job," Myers said.

Moyer beat the Marlins for the fourth time this season and
improved his career mark to 7-0 against the worst team in the NL.

"At some point, they're going to give me a handful," he said.

Willis (8-15) gave up seven runs in three innings and lost for
the 12th time in 13 decisions.

"I'm sure he's frustrated," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez
said. "We haven't been able to get him on a roll."

The Phillies opened with five runs in the first off Willis on
Aaron Rowand's RBI double, a two-run single from Jayson Werth and
Ruiz's sixth homer.

Burrell's 27th homer in the second, a two-run shot into the
left-center seats, made it 7-0. Burrell was batting only .201 on
July 1 and was the No. 1 target for Philly's boo birds. But he hit
.290 in August, has 54 RBIs in his last 57 games and fans now stand
and cheer every time he jogs out to left.

"He's got better balance at the plate," Manuel said. "When
he's looking for balls to hit, he hits them instead of fouling them
back or missing them."

Burrell's RBI double in the fourth that made it 8-0 seemed like
just another run in an early rout. Instead, it was a needed
insurance run for a team making most of its games close ones.

Game notes
Injured LHP Cole Hamels played catch for the second
consecutive day and Manuel hopes to have his ace throw off a mound
either Tuesday or Wednesday. ... Chase Utley played first base for
the Phillies, giving Ryan Howard a rest. Howard entered in the
ninth as a defensive replacement. ... Rowand made a sensational
catch in the first to rob Ramirez of an extra-base hit. The center
fielder crashed into the wall, his hat and sunglasses popped off,
but the ball stayed in his mitt.