He was able to reach his goal Friday, pitching eight strong innings in the Marlins 2-1 victory over the Phillies that knocked them out of playoff contention.
"I set a goal in spring training to get there, I made it," Buehrle said. "I showed Ozzie I could swing it a little bit to stay out there. It's a great goal. Go for next year, too."
Buehrle needed to pitch just 5 2-3 innings to extend his streak of 12 consecutive seasons with at least 200 innings and had a friendly exchange with Guillen about getting to that mark.
"Ozzie joked that with 5 1-3 they were going to come out and get me," Buehrle said. "I told him if he came out to get me, I was going to set the ball on the mound and throw out to the outfield and make them chase the ball. He was starting to come out to the mound and I said, 'come on, get it.'"
Buehrle allowed six hits and struck out eight.
"This kid's a lot of fun to have around," Guillen said. "He goes by his business the right way. He's a good example for everybody out there. I'm very lucky and blessed to manage this kid for that many years. He gave me a lot of satisfaction, a lot of happiness in my career. He made me look good every five days."
It is the first time in six years the Phillies will not be headed to the postseason.
"It's disappointing," said Phillies starter
The Phillies overcame a horrible first half with a 37-50 record at the All-Star Break and came from way behind to get within three games of St. Louis for the second wild card spot.
"We got ourselves in a pretty big hole early," Lee said. "It was too big of a hole to dig ourselves out of. We played really well in the second half, made our season definitely more respectable, but considering how bad we were in the first half we were very fortunate to be where we were these past few weeks."
The Phillies have lost five of the next six to fall out of the chase.
"That was a matter of time," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Right now we're kind of dragging, but that's no excuse for us not to score some runs."
Bryan Petersen began the ninth with a double to right field off Josh Lindblom (3-4).
"We thought that Lindblom could get that guy out," Manuel said. "He had him 0-2 and he ended up getting ahead, a guy that's hitting .205 against righties."
Jose Reyes grounded out and Giancarlo Stanton was intentionally walked setting up the at-bat with Carlos Lee. He lined a single to left-center field scoring Petersen from second as Laynce Nix's throw to home was off-line for the Marlins eighth walk-off win of the season.
"As soon as I hit it, I knew it was over the shortstop's head and the game was over," Carlos Lee said.
Steve Cishek (5-2) pitched one inning in relief for the win.
"We've got to give our fans our best effort." Carlos Lee said. "We know we're out of it, but they deserve the best from us."
Stanton hit his 35th home run and doubled for the Marlins in his return after missing the previous nine games with an oblique strain.
"It looked like a script," Guillen said. "This kid comes out with a double and a home run. 'What's going on here?' Like I said, this kid's got the opportunity to be one of the best players in the game. When you see him in the lineup, obviously the lineup looks a little bit different."
With Miami holding a 1-0 lead, John Mayberry led off the eighth with a double to left off Buehrle for the Phillies. Buehrle retired the next two batters, but could not escape unscathed as Jimmy Rollins drove in Mayberry with a line drive base hit to left to tie the game 1-1.
Cliff Lee allowed one run and three hits in seven innings while striking out five and not allowing a walk. He is 4-1 with a 1.07 ERA in his last seven starts.
"It's one of those things where you have to give Buehrle some credit there, he kept us from scoring a run until J-Ro came through with two outs there in the eighth," Cliff Lee said. "That was a big hit by him, but Buehrle got it done. There's a reason why he's been throwing as long as he has."
The Phillies recorded three singles in the second inning, but Buehrle got out of the jam when Ty Wiggington over-ran third base and was thrown out by Donovan Solano following an infield single by Michael Martinez.
After the baserunning miscue by Wiggington, Buehrle retired the next 14 batters in a row.
Stanton's solo home run, estimated at 419 feet, off Lee in the fourth gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead.
NOTES: Lee has pitched at least six innings without allowing more than one walk in his last 16 starts, a modern-era Major League record. ... Stanton also missed 25 games in July due to knee surgery. ... Phillies 1B Ryan Howard has one hit in 21 at-bats with eight strikeouts against Miami this season. ... Buehrle has 12 straight seasons with at least 10 wins, 30 starts, and 200 innings, the longest current streak in the Majors. ... Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (10-8, 4.40 ERA) will face Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (12-12, 4.35 ERA) Saturday.