PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Florida Marlins got to Roy Halladay and even had a lead in the ninth inning.
It still wasn't enough to keep them from another brutal loss.
Florida scored four runs off Halladay and had a two-run lead entering the ninth inning of Wednesday's nightcap, but the Philadelphia Phillies tied it with two outs and won it 5-4 on Carlos Ruiz's two-out RBI single to center in the 10th to sweep the doubleheader.
``Up 4-2 in the ninth, you've got to get the win,' Florida's Logan Morrison said. ``Good teams find a way and we're not a good team right now.'
Nope, not at all. It was the sixth straight defeat and 16th in 18 games for the Marlins, who lost the opener 8-1 as spot starter Kyle Kendrick threw seven strong innings. It was the continuation of a stunning slide for Florida, which has gone from two games back to 10 1/2 of the NL-East leading Phillies in 11 days.
It looked as if the Marlins were going to snap the skid, as Anibal Sanchez outpitched Halladay and Gaby Sanchez homered to stake Florida to the two-run lead entering the ninth.
Anibal Sanchez threw seven innings, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out six and walking three.
``We wasted a great outing by Anibal,' Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. ``We were one out away. We got to Halladay and scored four runs, but we couldn't close out the game.'
In the opener, Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer and Wilson Valdez had a three-RBI triple for Philadelphia.
Kendrick (4-4) pitched more like Halladay usually does, allowing one run and five hits over seven innings in the first game. Florida spot starter Elih Villanueva (0-1) lasted just three innings and was optioned back to Triple-A New Orleans after the game.
Sanchez, who has the Marlins' only two wins in the last 18 games, requested to pitch against Halladay and retired his final eight batters and threw a season-high 125 pitches.
``Anibal was great and it was wasted,' Morrison said. ``It's frustrating.'
Halladay had won four straight decisions and was looking to become the first pitcher in the majors with 10 wins, but he gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings. It was just the third time in 15 starts he has allowed four or more earned runs.
The right-hander had eight strikeouts, upping his league-leading total to 114, and has gone at least seven innings in 13 of 15 starts. He watched the comeback from the trainer's room.
``It was huge,' Halladay said. ``Anytime you do that, there's going to be a certain amount of confidence that goes with it.'
Ryan Howard was hit by reliever Mike Dunn's first pitch of the 10th. Two outs later, Domonic Brown walked and Ruiz laced an 0-1 fastball from Dunn (4-5) past diving shortstop Hanley Ramirez to score Howard.
``It was a special moment,' Ruiz said.
``(Ruiz) gets big hits because he can catch up to a good fastball,' Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. ``When they try to throw the ball by him or challenge him, his swing is compact and short.'
Ruiz is mostly known for his work behind the plate, and Halladay was glad his catcher got a chance to share the spotlight.
``He does so much behind the plate and often doesn't get a lot of credit,' Halladay said. ``For him to have a game-changing moment like that you like to see it. He certainly deserves it.'
The Phillies scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth off closer Leo Nunez, who blew his third save in 22 chances. Ruiz singled to right with one out. Pinch-hitter Ross Gload moved Ruiz to second with a single to center, and Gload was replaced by pinch-runner Michael Martinez. Both runners advanced on Rollins' hard groundout that ricocheted off Nunez's leg.
Shane Victorino then lined a 2-1 pitch to center to tie the game at 4. Victorino stole second and went to third on catcher John Buck's throwing error, but Chase Utley flied out to left to send the game into extra innings.
``We had the right guys in the there, but they won the game,' Rodriguez said. ``That's why they're in first place. They're a very good team.'
Ryan Madson (3-1) pitched a scoreless 10th for the Phillies. The Marlins had two on with two outs in the 10th, but Madson struck out Mike Stanton.
The Marlins finished with six hits in the second game, but didn't have any over the last six innings.
``Things happen for you when you're going good,' Manuel said. ``Things definitely work in your favor and they go for you.'
In the opener, Rollins and Valdez had their big hits in a six-run third inning against Villanueva, who threw 92 pitches and lasted three innings in his major league debut for the Marlins.
Notes: The Marlins called up INF Jose Lopez from New Orleans, and he started at second base in the nightcap. ... Phillies LHP Cole Hamels brushed off reporters a day after he left his start with tightness in the middle of his back. ``I'm not injured. I'll talk to you guys in five days,' he said. ... The Marlins optioned INF Ozzie Martinez to New Orleans and purchased Villanueva's contract. To make room for Villanueva, the Marlins transferred RHP Josh Johnson to the 60-day DL. ... Marlins RHP Edward Mujica left in the seventh with a sprained right wrist and will miss 2-to-3 days, Rodriguez said.
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