PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jason Michaels made his case for more
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,"
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
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
"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
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 the scheduled start.
Notes: 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 the third.