Series: Game 4 of 5

Philadelphia leads 3-1 (as of 7/30)

Game 1: Friday, July 28
Game 2: Saturday, July 29
Game 3: Sunday, July 30
Game 4: Sunday, July 30
Game 5: Monday, July 31

Marlins 2


Phillies 9

(49-54, 27-30 home)

    7:35 PM ET, July 30, 2006

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: R. Madson (9-7)

    L: B. Moehler (5-8)

    Utley pushes streak to 31 as Phils sweep doubleheader

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bobby Abreu hit the road. Chase Utley hit another milestone.

    Now it's up to Utley and Ryan Howard to try to lead the Phillies where Abreu never could -- the postseason.

    Utley homered and extended his hitting streak to 31 games, and Howard hit his NL-leading 35th homer to help the Philadelphia Phillies complete a doubleheader sweep over the Florida Marlins 9-2 Sunday night.

    Elias Says
    Chase Utley
    Chase Utley hit safely in both games Sunday, extending his hitting streak to 31 games. It's the first time that any team has ever had players with 30-game hitting streaks in consecutive seasons (Jimmy Rollins hit safely in his final 36 games in 2005). Prior to that, the team with the shortest span between players posting single-season hitting streaks of at least 30 games was the St. Louis Browns, with streaks by George Sisler in 1922 (41 games) and 1925 (34).

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    In the opener, Mike Lieberthal hit a grand slam, leading the Phillies to an 11-5 win.

    "I think our guys are up," manager Charlie Manuel said. "They don't want to lose teammates, but they had a lot of life today."

    With Abreu traded earlier in the day to the New York Yankees, Utley and Howard continued to show they are the future of the franchise.

    Utley extended the longest hitting streak in the major leagues this season with a sixth-inning RBI single that chased Marlins starter Brian Moehler (5-8). Utley, who tied the second longest streak in team history, scored on Howard's two-run homer off Renyel Pinto.

    Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has the longest streak at 38 games -- the final 36 of last season and the first two this year. Ed Delahanty had a 31-game run in 1899.

    Longest hit streaks since Joe DiMaggio's 56-gamer in 1941
    44 Pete Rose 1978
    39 Paul Molitor 1987
    38 Jimmy Rollins 2005-06
    35 Luis Castillo 2002
    34 Benito Santiago 1987
    34 Dom DiMaggio 1949
    31 Chase Utley* 2006
    * -- active streak

    Utley added a solo shot, his 21st, in the seventh inning for an 8-2 lead. Howard then narrowly missed his second homer of the game, doubling off the 401-foot sign in center field.

    Utley doubled and tripled in the first game of the doubleheader.

    Ryan Madson (9-7) allowed two runs, struck out six and walked none in six innings. Pat Burrell and Rollins also homered for the Phillies. Burrell added an RBI single in the seventh.

    "I guess there's some kind of plan going on, but right now with all the guys in the clubhouse, that's what we've got, so that's what we're going out with," Howard said.

    Josh Willingham hit his 15th homer of the season and third in the doubleheader for the Marlins.

    "It's a long season and the pressure is new for a lot of our guys," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "I've told them September will be the toughest month."

    Rollins' 12th homer of the year in the sixth tied it at 2. Shane Victorino added a pinch-hit, two-run single, keying a six-run sixth against three Marlins pitchers.

    In his first start since July 1 after going on the disabled list with a sprained right foot, Moehler allowed four runs and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings.

    The Phillies played both games without Abreu, who watched the first game from the dugout.

    The two-time All-Star was traded with starting pitcher Cory Lidle to the Yankees for four minor league prospects during the game.

    "It's tough to leave a place when you've been here so many years," Abreu said.

    The Phillies get left-hander Matt Smith and Class-A shortstop C.J. Henry -- a first-round draft pick in 2005. They also landed rookie league catcher Jesus Sanchez and right-hander Carlos Monasterios.

    After the trade was announced to the crowd before the ninth inning, Abreu came out to a standing ovation. The right fielder smiled and seemed touched by the response, and a few teammates applauded on the field.

    "It made me feel so good," Abreu said. "I feel so appreciated. They've been good to me."

    Lidle also came out and waved to the crowd.

    Howard tied a major league record with five walks in the opener. The NL home run leader was intentionally walked in the eighth to load the bases for Aaron Rowand, who hit a two-run double that made it 11-5.

    The Phillies have won five of six and trail Cincinnati by five games in the wild-card standings.

    "We're still in the wild card," general manager Pat Gillick said.

    Abreu was scratched from the lineup about 10 minutes before the opener of the day-night doubleheader. Abreu (.277, eight home runs, 65 RBIs) stayed in the dugout, chatting and joking with players on the bench. He received some hugs and cheered when Lieberthal hit a grand slam in the fourth.

    And Abreu was all smiles when Utley doubled in the fourth inning off starter Anibal Sanchez (4-1) to extend the streak.

    All of that seemed to overshadow the return of 2003 All-Star Randy Wolf, who made his first start in more than a year after having surgery on his left arm. Wolf labored in his first start since June 11, 2005, throwing 97 pitches in 4 1/3 innings.

    "I had butterflies, but I felt fine out there," Wolf said. "I wanted to be aggressive, but I was probably nibbling too much. My command was not that great."

    Wolf allowed three runs and three hits. He walked five and struck out four. Aaron Fultz (2-0) allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

    Willingham hit two homers and drove in four runs for the Marlins.

    Miguel Olivo's solo homer gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead. Utley led off the fourth with a double and scored on Rowand's RBI double. With the bases loaded, Lieberthal hit his fourth career slam and first in three years into the left-field seats for a 5-2 lead.

    Sanchez allowed eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.

    "We didn't throw strikes, we got down in the count," Girardi said. "You can't do that in this ballpark or you're in trouble."

    Game notes

    Phillies RHP Ryan Franklin was designated for assignment. ... Dick Allen (Aug. 16, 1968) and Von Hayes (July 6, 1990) are the other Phillies to walk five times in one game. ... The Phillies recalled OF Michael Bourn and RHP Scott Mathieson from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre to fill the open roster spots. ... RHP Chris Reop pitched an inning in the first game, then was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Moehler.

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