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Cosart caps much-needed quality start with big K

PHILADELPHIA -- Jarred Cosart understood the moment as well as anyone.

The Marlins' starter had recovered from an early home run to Cody Asche and had retired 14 straight before he faced Ben Revere with two outs in the sixth inning of a tied game. Revere worked the count full before he hit his second triple in as many nights to put the go-ahead run on third with Chase Utley headed to the plate.

"I threw Revere a 3-2 curveball," Cosart said. "He stayed on it really well. I don't know if he was looking for it or what. It was a good piece of hitting. I know Utley is a tremendous hitter, no matter what his numbers are now."

Cosart struck out Utley to escape the threat, and the Marlins went up in the seventh and added on in the eighth to take a 6-1 victory over the Phillies. The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Marlins, who -- in an odd twist -- have a chance to take two series on this 10-game road trip.

"[Cosart] did a great job," manager Mike Redmond said. "He threw some great changeups. He gave us six strong, and after an emotional few days for these guys, this was a big win."

Cosart scattered four hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter on a night he appeared in complete control. So much so that it was a bit of a surprise he came out for a pinch-hitter in the seventh, but that was all forgotten with the victory.

"I'm just happy we won," said Cosart, who earned his first "W" of the season against the team that originally selected him in the 38th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. "We're just pretty much just trying to get off the skid right now. I just wanted to do the best I could to keep us in the game, and I was able to do that. This win is huge and this game is all about momentum. We got 150 more, and let's go to tomorrow and I'll begin my work for my next start against New York."

Michael Radano is a contributor to
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