Joe Blanton set a career high with 11 strikeouts in a 114-pitch, seven-inning shutout. The Marlins rallied in the ninth, but fell short, as the Phillies went on to win 5-3.
The Phillies finally got the start they've been waiting for from Kentucky Joe. After the Phillies supplied a three-run lead in the first, Blanton, who reportedly pinpointed a flaw in his delivery since his last start, did what he was supposed to, burying strike after strike after strike into Carlos Ruiz's glove and avoiding the big mistakes that cost him in previous outings. Blanton's fastball came in heavy and on the black, setting up a knee-buckling slider for outs. The Marlins had no counterpunch for Blanton's jabs and looked dizzy until the ninth. One would be hard pressed to find a better start by a Phillies hurler this season.
The Phillies pulled to within two outs from having their first shutout of the season, but the Marlins rallied off Chad Durbin and plated two on Ryan Howard's errant throw to second. With one out and Brad Lidge pitching in a save situation, the Phils traded an out for a run before Lidge got Wes Helms to swing and miss on a vintage slider for the third out and his ninth save of the season.
The Phils got most of their runs in the first, benefiting from an error and some Andrew Miller wildness. Big nights were had by Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz. Raul Ibanez, currently 6th in All-Star votes amont NL outfielders, notched his league-leading 44th RBI on a sac fly. The Phils stayed a half game up on the Mets, who also won.