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Marlins Drop Another To Phillies, 1-0

MIAMI ( – To say the Philadelphia Phillies have a dearth of pitching talent is an understatement. Phillies pitcher Vance Worley threw seven shutout innings Monday night to lead the Phillies past the Marlins, 1-0.

Worley's reward for his dominating performance was to be sent back to the minors. Worley will make one minor league start and then join the Phillies again after the All-Star break.

Worley (4-1) allowed only two hits -- both singles -- and walked two while lowering his ERA to 2.21 in 10 games this season.

Michael Martinez, playing for an injured Shane Victorino, earned his fifth RBI of the year with a single to drive home the only run. A sliding Domonic Brown barely beat the throw home, although a TV replay appeared to show he was tagged out before touching the plate.

"That's where maybe we need replays," Florida manager Jack McKeon said.

By the Marlins' tabulation, there were two blown rulings on the bases, a pair of unwarranted ejections and a bunch of dubious ball-strike calls.

"The umpires didn't blow the game," McKeon said, "even though they missed quite a few plays."

Marlins Third baseman Emilio Bonifacio was tossed for throwing his helmet after being called out on a play at first base in the fifth inning. Buck was thrown out when he protested after Brown walked on a 3-2 pitch in the ninth.

Buck and McKeon said plate umpire Kerwin Danley's strike zone was inconsistent all night.
"It made a difference in the game," Buck said, who added the disputed ball-strike calls came at pivotal moments. "Pretty big at-bats, runners on and stuff. I just didn't agree."

The Marlins arrived home at 5 a.m. after a nine-game trip, and their batters looked weary. Their last hit came in the third inning, and Florida lost for the 15th time in its past 16 games decided by one run.

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