Blanton (1-1, 2.35 ERA) went seven innings in his first start of the year (second appearance). He allowed one run on three hits and one walk. He outpitched Marlins starter Mark Buehrle (0-2, 3.65 ERA), who allowed three runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings. New Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon came on in the ninth and, despite allowing two hits, closed the door to get his first save at Citizens Bank Park as a Phillie.
The Phillies did not have a base runner their first time through the order but that did not last long. Shane Victorino lead off the fourth inning with a 367 foot shot into the wind in left field that landed in the seats in front of Harry the K’s. After a Jimmy Rollins single and a Hunter Pence double, Rollins was thrown out at home on a base running blunder. John Mayberry, Jr. came up with two outs and drove Pence home to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
Miami would get one right back after Omar Infante (yes, the same guy who hit two home runs on Monday) doubled to deep left field. John Buck would single him home to cut the Phillies lead in half in the top of the fifth.
The Phillies caught a break in the top of the seventh when Ty Wigginton appeared that he would pop out to the catcher Buck in foul territory. Fortunately for the Phillies, Buck got hesitant as he got closer to the Phillies dugout and dropped the ball. Wigginton would proceed to deposit the next pitch into the left field seats for a 415 foot moon-shot into the wind. Chad Qualls and Papelbon would close the doors for the Phillies and secure the win.
The Phillies get right back at it tonight at Citizens Bank Park as they welcome the New York Mets to town.
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