Thursday, April 12, 2012

Blanton, Phillies beat Fish 3-1 to take series

PBR - Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton hit solo home runs and Joe Blanton pitched seven innings of one-run ball as the Phillies beat the Marlins, 3-1, Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Blanton allowed only three hits, walking one batter and striking out three others in his first start of the
season.

John Mayberry Jr. had an RBI single that plated Hunter Pence in the fourth inning following Victorino's homer. Mayberry Jr. finished 1-for-3 with an RBI single Pence ended the night 2-for-4 with a double in the win.

Wigginton added the insurance run in the seventh with a long shot over the left-field wall for his first home run as a Phillie.

In relief, Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless eighth inning to set up closer Jonathon Papelbon in the ninth for his second save on the year.

Defensively, Freddy Galvis has continued to display his skills at second base for the Phils (3-3), making a few very nice plays in the infield. As a whole, the defense played exceptionally well.

Marlins catcher John Buck had an RBI double in the top of the fifth for Miami's lone run.

Mark Buehrle started for Miami, pitching 6 1/3 innings and surrendering three runs in the loss for the Marlins (2-5).

Friday night, the New York Mets come to town for the first of a three-game series starting at 7:05. Cliff Lee will get the start for the Phillies as knuckleballer R.A. Dickey takes the mound for the Mets.

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