By Sam Bush

On a night when even the mercurial Domonic Brown got a big hit, the Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 3-1 at the Bank.

Chad Billingsley threw five scoreless innings before elbow problems ended his night. It was the first time Billingsley didn’t allow a run since Aug. 19, 2012, when he threw seven scoreless innings in a win for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Billingsley missed almost two full seasons following two elbow operations before returning this season with the Phillies. He made three starts and then missed six weeks with a shoulder injury.

Billingsley (2-3) gave up four hits, walked one and struck out two to help the major league-worst Phillies win their second straight game for the first time since a three-game winning streak June 21-23.

Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown lined RBI singles off Tom Koehler (7-6) in the first inning. The Phillies got just two hits the rest of the game.

Koehler gave up three runs – two earned – and three hits in six innings. He retired the last 12 batters he faced.

”I kind of lost command a little in the early innings and made it tough for us,” Koehler said. ”I made some good pitches when I had to, but I wish I was sharper.”

Ken Giles pitched around two hits in the eighth for the Phillies, firing a 100 mph fastball past Adeiny Hechavarria to strand runners on second and third. Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 15th save in 15 tries.

A pair of errors by the sloppy Marlins in the second inning led to another run on Ben Revere‘s fielder’s choice groundout.

After Billingsley left, the Marlins scored off Jake Diekman in the sixth. Ichiro Suzuki singled, stole second and scored on Martin Prado‘s double.

The Phillies are 35-1 in games Giles and Papelbon pitch together. They’ve won the last 31 games the two relievers have pitched. Giles would take over Papelbon’s closer role if the Phillies grant the veteran pitcher his wish and trade him.


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