PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Now this was typical Phillies.
“We came from behind, scored some runs and it looked like an old Phillie win,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “It looked like who we are, who we’ve been. Hopefully, it’ll continue.”
Philadelphia overcame deficits of 4-0 and 6-3 in its best offensive performance since a 12-2 win over Pittsburgh on May 17. The two-time defending NL champions are just 7-13 since that victory.
While phenom Stephen Strasburg(notes) struck out 14 in his much-anticipated debut for the Washington Nationals, highly touted slugger Mike Stanton(notes) was 3 for 5 with two infield singles and scored twice in his first game for Florida.
Taylor Tankersley(notes) entered and Howard moved the runners up with a groundout. Then Francisco, filling in for the struggling Jayson Werth(notes), lined a single to left-center to score both runners. Wilson Valdez(notes) drove in an insurance run on an infield single.
“It’s been an adjustment,” Francisco said about coming off the bench. “But you have to go out and play hard when called upon.”
The starters had nearly identical lines. Philadelphia’s Kyle Kendrick(notes) allowed six runs—five earned—and six hits in five innings. Chris Volstad(notes) gave up six runs—five earned—and eight hits in four-plus innings for the Marlins.
Stanton batted seventh and played right field in his debut. He impressed the Marlins during spring training with his power but was sent to Double-A Jacksonville for seasoning. The 20-year-old slugger dominated the Southern League, hitting .311 with 21 homers and 52 RBIs in 52 games to earn the promotion to the majors.
“I was definitely more relaxed than I thought I would be,” Stanton said following a 40-minute postgame workout. “Too bad we couldn’t come out with a win.”
The Marlins scored in each of the first four innings off Kendrick, starting with Sanchez’s solo shot to left in the first. Sanchez reached safely on Howard’s error at first base in the third, one pitch before Ramirez crushed a two-run shot to left for a 4-0 lead.
The Phillies answered with three, two-out runs in the bottom half to cut it to 4-3. Howard hit an opposite-field drive to left-center and Ibanez had an RBI single.
NOTES: Stanton is the second-youngest player to debut with the Marlins at 20 years, 212 days. Miguel Cabrera(notes) was 20 years, 63 days when he came up in 2003. … Phillies LHP J.A. Happ(notes) allowed two runs and three hits in three innings in his first rehab appearance at Class-A Clearwater. Happ has been sidelined by a left forearm strain since April 16. … Victorino is four homers from matching his career high of 14 set in 2008. … Ibanez had his first four-hit game since May 15, 2009. … A crowd of 44,098 was the 70th consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park.