The Phillies were victorious for the 9th time this season at home last night. They held on to beat the Florida Marlins 5-3 after taking a 5-0 lead into the ninth inning at CBP. Joe Blanton found his groove and had his strikeout pitch going for a career high 11 strikeouts in this game. Ryan Howard who previously had no errors on the season got his first of the year with a throwing error in the 9th and allowed the Marlins to give the Phillies the last inning scare.
Shane Victorino had 4 hits for the Phils in the victory last night as well. The Phillies improve to 25-19 and get a much needed win to stay atop the NL East. The Phillies have still been great in their last 10 games with a record of 7-3. Despite a cold and damp windy night, the Phillies came away with a win at home to improve to 9-13 at home. New York remains at only 1/2 game back behind the Phillies in the standings.
Brett Myers looks to build on his last start tonight at the stadium. Jason Werth broke out of a mini slump with a double and the stage is set for the Phils to take their 10th victory of the year at home tonight despite this being their 23rd game played at home this year. The Phillies will have an off day on Thursday and a weekend series at home against Washington to finish out the month of May.