Phillies 6, Tigers 2, 1st game

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Jason Michaels made his case for more playing time.

Michaels homered and drove in four runs, leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the Detroit Tigers 6-2 Thursday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

“It’s tough because I don’t play too much,” Michaels said. “I try not to do more than I should. I try to simplify it. I can only provide a good at-bat.”

Brett Myers (5-3) allowed two runs—one earned—and four hits in seven innings, helping the Phillies win for the fifth time in seven games. He struck out five and walked one, winning for the fifth time in six decisions.

“I located my fastball and the defense played well behind me,” Myers said.

Michaels, giving right fielder Bobby Abreu a rest against left-hander Mike Maroth, went 3-for-3 with a walk. He broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run shot to almost straightaway center field in the sixth inning.

Michaels’ two-out RBI single tied it at 1 in the fourth inning. He added an RBI double in the seventh.

Michaels also threw out speedy Alex Sanchez at the plate in the sixth on a single to right by Bobby Higginson, and made a sliding catch in the third.

Phillies manager Larry Bowa said Michaels could figure into the mix in center field along with Doug Glanville and Ricky Ledee. Starter Marlon Byrd has struggled this season, hitting .220.

“He’s a good player,” Bowa said of Michaels. “He plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”

Maroth (5-4) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. A 21-game loser last season, Maroth hasn’t had much luck in recent outings. He’s 1-3 in his last six starts, despite a 3.05 ERA during that span.

“I just kept mixing everything up,” Maroth said.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Guillen in the fourth inning. A throwing error by third baseman David Bell set up the unearned run. A solo homer by Eric Munson cut it to 3-2 in the seventh.

The Phillies scored three runs off relievers Craig Dingman and Steve Colyer in the seventh. Pat Burrell walked with the bases loaded, and Bell added a sacrifice fly.

Tim Worrell and Billy Wagner finished the seven-hitter.

“Sometimes we’re good. Sometimes we’re not,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

It was the first time this week the Phillies made it through a game without a rain delay or postponement.

Philadelphia’s 10-7 victory over Cincinnati on Monday—a makeup game from a rainout in April—was stopped three times by rain, with delays totaling 3 hours, 54 minutes. It ended at 2:06 on Tuesday morning.

Detroit’s 10-3 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday was delayed 1:45 before it started. Wednesday night’s game was called almost two hours after thescheduled start.


Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double off Worrell in the eighth. … The Phillies agreed to contract terms with first-round pick Greg Golson, a high school outfielder selected with the 21st overall selection in last week’s amateur draft. … A crowd of 44,551 came out to see the opener of the first day-night doubleheader in the brief history of Citizens Bank Park. It was the 14th sellout this season and second-largest crowd. … Former Phillies C Darren Daulton filled in for Larry Anderson on the team’s television broadcast. Anderson, a former reliever, was in Seattle for his daughter’s high school graduation. … LF Burrell made a sliding, headfirst catch in the fourth inning, almost identical to the one made by Michaels in thethird.

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