Ryan Howard leads Phillies to win in return
Ryan Howard drove in three runs in the Phillies’ 7-3 win over the Miami Marlins Tuesday night.
Howard returned to the cleanup spot in the Phillies’ lineup after missing two games with a knee injury. He went 3 for 5 with three singles.
The big first baseman drove in two runs in the seventh and knocked in an insurance run in the eighth.
Right fielder Delmon Young got the Phillies’ offense going with a deep solo home run to left in the fourth inning off Marlins phenom Jose Fernandez, who had pitched 13 scoreless innings against Philadelphia (22-24) so far this season heading into Tuesday’s game in Miami.
Tyler Cloyd picked up his first win of the season after being called up from the minors on Tuesday. He pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out five.
Chase Utley was a late scratch with a rib injury the team said he sustained during batting practice.
Former Phillie Placido Polanco was 2 for 4 with two runs for the Marlins (13-33).