's home run wasn't nearly enough for the Phillies.
shut down the NL East champions and led the
to their sixth win in seven games against Philadelphia, 7-2 Friday night.
''Today we were flat,'' Phillies manager
said. ''Last night we were flat too coming off the celebration, but that's no excuse, tonight we just didn't hit.''
had four hits, scored three times and drove in a run, and
drove in three runs.
Howard's 44th homer accounted for the Phillies' only runs. He connected in the first inning and leads the majors with 140
VandenHurk ''did a nice job,'' Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''He only had one bad pitch to Howard, a change up he
hit out and he's hit a few of those.''
(12-8) was shaky for the second straight outing, allowing five runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.
''I was a bit laxed in the first inning,'' Blanton said. ''Then I turned it on a little bit, but by then it was already too
Philadelphia (92-68) is racing the
Los Angeles Dodgers
for the best record in NL and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. The loss meant the Dodgers would clinch it
with a win Friday night.
''I'd like to have home-field advantage,'' Manuel said. ''We have to start winning some games in order to do that.''
all received the night off for Philadelphia. Manager
continued resting his regulars, with Howard,
also expected to sit at some point this weekend.
VandenHurk (3-2) gave up two runs on five hits. Three Florida relievers combined for three scoreless innings.
Cantu's two-run single in the first gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead. He added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Florida made it 4-2 in the second on RBI doubles by
NOTES: Philadelphia reliever J.C. Romero indicated he might not pitch again in 2009 during a pregame interview. ... The Phillies
sold out Citizens Bank Park for the 40th consecutive game and 70th overall. ... Maybin is eight for his last 14 in three games.
... The Marlins have won six of the last seven at Philadelphia.