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Marlins end scoreless drought against Phillies

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MIAMI - The Miami Marlins came into Wednesday's game with the Philadelphia Phillies having been shut out in their previous three games.

It took until the fourth inning, but the Marlins snapped a franchise-record, 30-inning scoreless drought and beat the Phillies 9-2 behind Greg Dobbs' three-hit performance that included a home run.

"We came up with big hits," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We got hits with people on base, something we have needed for a long time."

Austin Kearns, Bryan Petersen and Dobbs each drove in two runs for the Marlins as they scored for the first time in four games.

"It was fun," Guillen said. "It makes a 4½-hour flight (to Colorado) more enjoyable."

Mark Buehrle (10-11) posted his 10th victory, giving him 12 consecutive seasons with double-digit wins. He allowed two runs and five hits with three strikeouts in seven innings.

"I don't say this kid is underrated because he is making a lot of money out there, but nobody says much about him," Guillen said. "This kid goes out there and throws 200 innings, (is) considered our ace or he's not, but I've seen this kid throwing for the last nine years, same guy, nothing has changed."

Roy Halladay (6-7) allowed three runs and struck out seven in seven innings. He came into the game with a 2-0 record and 0.60 ERA in his last two starts.

"I feel like today I wasn't as sharp as my last start, but I was still able to make good pitches and give us a chance and get deep in the game," Halladay said.

Ty Wigginton homered and drove in two runs for the Phillies.

"Wigginton can swing the bat," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's got a good swing. He was our hitting today."

Dobbs broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth with his fourth home run of the season. Dobbs has recently been battling through a sore oblique but was forced into action at third base when Nick Green went down with an injury.

"I really just left it up a little bit," Halladay said. "It's kind of one I want back, but really that was kind of the big one."

Miami blew the game open in the eighth with six runs off three Philadelphia relievers. Giancarlo Stanton started the inning with an RBI single and Kearns followed with a two-run pinch-single. Petersen hit a two-run double and Gorkys Hernandez added an RBI single to stretch the lead to 9-2.

"That eighth inning got real shabby," Manuel said.

Buehrle, who came into the game struggling in his previous three starts with an 0-2 record and a 7.71 ERA, retired the first nine batters he faced before Jimmy Rollins led off the fourth with a single.

"Everything was working, I felt good," Buehrle said. "I wasn't getting ahead of the count as much as I'd like to, but I got outs and that's all that matters."

Dobbs' RBI single that drove in Carlos Lee in the bottom of the fourth gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead that snapped their franchise-record scoreless inning streak.

Miami lost 5-0 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday before being shut out twice by the Phillies to begin the three-game series. The three consecutive shutouts were also a club record.

After Dobbs' hit, Donovan Solano's sacrifice fly gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead.

"Any time you can get some early runs it's always nice," Buehrle said.

Wiggington led off the fifth with his 10th home run to cut the deficit to 2-1. It was his first home run since July 4 against the New York Mets.

Wiggington tied the score at 2 with a two-out RBI single in the sixth. The inning stayed alive when Buehrle was unable to field a bunt by Kevin Frandsen cleanly.

NOTES: It was the 12th time two starting pitchers with perfect games faced each other and the first time since April 11, 2011, when Buehrle faced Oakland's Dallas Braden. ... The Los Angeles Dodgers have had the longest scoreless inning streak in the majors this season when they went 33 innings without a run in June. ... Marlins CF Justin Ruggiano left the game in the fourth inning with a right oblique intercostal strain and is considered day to day. "Ruggiano should play in the next couple of days," Guillen said. "He's a little tight." ... Buehrle is tied with New York Yankees lefty C.C. Sabathia for the longest active streak of 10-win seasons. ... The crowd of 22,450 was the smallest at Marlins Park since a June 22 game against Toronto drew 22,387.
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