Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/23)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 22
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Game 2: Wednesday, May 23
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Game 3: Thursday, May 24
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Phillies 8

(23-23, 10-13 away)

Marlins 7

(22-24, 11-12 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 23, 2007

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    FLA 1010100040 7 12 3

    W: C. Condrey (2-0)

    L: K. Gregg (0-2)

    Myers hurt as bizzare ninth yields win for Phils in 10

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: The Phillies overcame a four-run rally by the Marlins in the ninth inning to beat Florida 8-7 in 10.

    Rod Barajas
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    • Did you see that? With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Phillies catcher Rod Barajas missed a tag at home plate that let Hanley Ramirez score the tying run. The throw from the outfield clearly beat the Ramirez, but a good slide and the missed tag allowed the run to score.

    • Did you see that II? As if the ninth wasn't bad enough for the Phils, two pitches after the tying run scored, Brett Myers threw one to the backstop and grabbed his arm above the elbow. He has a strained shoulder.

    • Figure this: With the win, the Phillies climbed to .500 for the fourth time in the past week. Each time, they lost their next game.

    • Quotable: "I've seen a lot of crazy things in baseball. It ranks with the rest of them." -- Manager Charlie Manuel on how the Phillies won

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Phillies 8, Marlins 7

    MIAMI (AP) -- The ninth inning will be remembered as the Philadelphia Phillies' fiasco.

    "It was a mess," catcher Rod Barajas said.

    "The weirdest inning of all time," center fielder Aaron Rowand said.

    "No comment," closer Brett Myers said.

    For the Phillies, the ninth-inning toll Wednesday included two ejections, two defensive gaffes, an injury to Myers and a blown four-run lead. They regrouped in the 10th, when Abraham Nunez singled home the tie-breaking run with two out for an 8-7 victory over Florida.

    "I've seen a lot of crazy things in baseball," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "It ranks with the rest of them."

    Because they won, the Phils were sheepish rather than distraught.

    "It feels like a win," Manuel said. "I don't know how, but we got it."

    Jimmy Rollins led off the 10th with a single, advanced on Rowand's bloop single and took third when center fielder Alfredo Amezaga misplayed the ball for Florida's third error.

    Nunez's single off Kevin Gregg (0-2) scored the unearned run. He finished 2-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored.

    Hanley Ramirez scored the tying run in the ninth when he slid under Barajas, who stood waiting with the ball but failed to crouch low enough to make the tag for the game's final out. Barajas and Manuel disputed the call and were ejected, but Manuel later acknowledged TV replays showed Ramirez was indeed safe.

    "I couldn't believe we didn't get the guy at the plate," Manuel said.

    Two pitches later, Myers threw a wild pitch, immediately grabbed his arm above the elbow and quickly departed for the clubhouse.

    "It should be all right," Myers said. "I don't think it popped or tore. If it did, I wouldn't have any strength in it, but I have strength in it."

    The Phillies said Myers has a strained right shoulder and he may return home Thursday for further examination.

    Myers sat in the clubhouse after the game with ice on his shoulder and said he hoped to be sidelined only a couple of days.

    Myers said he felt fine until the first pitch to the last batter he faced, Miguel Olivo. The next pitch was a wild pitch, and Myers grabbed his arm above the elbow and quickly departed for the clubhouse.

    "It didn't feel right," he said. "I felt weird out there. It was one of those things where, 'I'd better not throw another pitch. Something might happen.'"

    Myers has six saves in seven chances for the Phillies. Since moving to the bullpen, his ERA is 2.61.

    Clay Condrey (2-0) replaced Myers. With the bases loaded, Todd Linden lined to Condrey, sending the game into extra innings.

    Condrey pitched a scoreless 10th, and the Phillies climbed to .500 for the fourth time in the past week. They haven't been above .500 all season.

    Florida trailed 7-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, but Linden and Amezaga singled off Myers, and both scored on a triple by Dan Uggla.

    "All of a sudden, things started going haywire," Manuel said. "I'm thinking, 'The game is kind of slipping away from us.'"

    Ramirez bunted to first baseman Greg Dobbs, who decided against taking the sure out at first and instead went home. His ill-advised throw was too late for a play on Uggla, allowing Ramirez to reach and making the score 7-6.

    "I still can't grasp what I did," Dobbs said. "It might be the stupidest play in the history of baseball."

    Ramirez scored on Aaron Boone's single to left, even though Jayson Werth's throw home easily beat the runner.

    "Just a strange night," Boone said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't finish it off. It would have been a pretty good win."

    Ramirez hit his seventh homer and drove in three runs for Florida. Uggla hit his ninth homer, went 3-for-6 and drove in three runs.

    But the Marlins, who had won their past four games, walked 11. Byung-Hyun Kim, making his second start for Florida, walked six and allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

    The Phillies broke a 3-all tie with a run in the sixth thanks to four walks, the last by Taylor Tankersley to Shane Victorino with the bases loaded.

    The Phils added three runs in the ninth. Chase Utley tripled and scored on Rowand's double, and Wes Helms and Werth added RBI singles.

    Philadelphia's Michael Bourn, making his first major-league start, walked to start the first. He stole second and took third on an errant pickoff throw before Utley hit a two-out homer.

    Florida's comeback denied Freddy Garcia his first win since April 22. He allowed five hits and three runs in six innings.

    Game notes


    Kim avoided hurting any of the Phillies -- barely. He flung his bat into the Philadelphia dugout when he swung at a pitch and missed in the third. In the fourth he made a putout at first to retire Victorino, who then ran into Kim and went tumbling up the foul line. ... A foul ball by Rollins hit Utley standing on deck in the eighth. ... Marlins 1B Boone hit a 420-foot flyout to center in the second. ... 3B Miguel Cabrera made a poor throw in the second for his ninth error, most on the Marlins.

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