PHILADELPHIA (AP) -
treated a playoff-type atmosphere like just another start in the Southern League.
Volstad tossed six sharp innings and combined with four relievers on a four-hitter, leading the
to a 3-0 win over the
The Marlins, who have the smallest payroll in the majors, took two of three from the NL East-leading Phillies to move within
1 1/2 games of first place. The
New York Mets
are two games behind.
Volstad (3-2) didn't allow a hit until pitcher
lined a single to center with two outs in the fifth. The 21-year-old right-hander gave up three hits and walked four in his
fifth career start.
''One thing I try to do is to keep it even keel, good or bad,'' Volstad said.
A first-round pick in 2005, Volstad came up in July after going 4-4 with a 3.36 ERA at Double-A Carolina. His poise and calm
demeanor impressed manager Fredi Gonzalez.
''He's 21 years old and he pitched like a guy who's been around 10-12 years,'' Gonzalez said. ''He had some big outs he had
to get against good hitters and he didn't get spooked.''
worked the seventh,
combined for three outs in the eighth, and
finished for his 25th save in 31 chances.
Hamels (9-8) again was a hard-luck loser. The left-hander allowed three runs - two earned - and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings,
striking out seven. He hasn't won since July 3.
''I'm aware of the lack of support,'' Hamels said. ''Sometimes it puts pressure on me. Sometimes you get wins with your eyes
closed and sometimes there are games like this.''
Despite a 3.35 ERA, Hamels barely has a winning record because of poor run support. He's allowed three runs or less eight
times without getting a win, including losses of 1-0 and 2-0. Hamels is 0-4 with four no-decisions in those starts. He has
a 3.19 ERA in his last six losses.
The Phillies were second in the NL in runs, but they do most of their scoring in bunches. Philadelphia has scored three runs
or less in 39.5 percent of its games, going 9-36.
''Some days we score a lot of runs, some days not,'' manager
said. ''We've just got to get on a roll.''
Florida led 2-0 after six innings.
hit a two-out double in the second and scored on
's single to right, and
singled and scored on
's two-out double in the sixth.
's 14th error contributed to Florida's third run. With two on and one out in the seventh, Howard threw wide to second base
' grounder to first.
replaced Hamels and
drove in a run on a groundout to shortstop for a 3-0 lead.
Volstad breezed through the first four innings, then pitched out of jams in the fifth and sixth. He retired
on a fly to right to leave two on in the fifth.
Volstad got defensive help in the sixth. After
led off with a single, center fielder Ross made a headfirst, diving catch on Howard's liner.
blooped a two-out single to left, but Volstad got
on a slow roller to first.
The Phillies stranded Victorino's leadoff double in the eighth off Rhodes.
''We're definitely not going out there trying to lose or trying not to hit,'' Victorino said.
Notes: Philadelphia acquired LHP
from the Cubs for a minor leaguer. ... A crowd of 45,521 was the largest at Citizens Bank Park this season and the fifth-most
in the ballpark's five-year history. ... The Phillies had homered in 14 straight games. The club record is 16. ... The Marlins
didn't hit a homer in the three-game series. ... Utley extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Volstad hasn't allowed
a homer this season in 124 2-3 innings in the minors and majors. ... The Phillies have been shut out seven times this season
after getting blanked a combined six times over the previous two years.