Lucas’ HR gives Marlins 4-3 win
The Philadelphia Phillies’ winning streak against the Miami
Marlins was bound to end eventually.
Ed Lucas homered in the 10th to give the Marlins a 4-3 lead
Wednesday night. The Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the
bottom of the inning to put Miami closer Steve Cishek’s major
league-best saves streak in danger.
They could not score, however, as Roger Bernadina struck out and
Freddy Galvis grounded out to seal the Marlins’ victory that
snapped a seven-game losing streak to their divisional rival.
”It was frustrating at the end – second and third and no outs
but we couldn’t execute,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
The homer was the fourth of the season for Lucas. Miami’s
Giancarlo Stanton tied the game 3-3 in the sixth inning with a
two-run, homer to center field that was measured at 460 feet.
”It was a slider slightly down and in,” Sandberg said of
Lucas’ homer. ”A pitch you’d want back, but it wasn’t a hanging
Brad Hand (1-1) was credited with the victory for pitching a
scoreless ninth. Cishek was shaky in the 10th but picked up his
31st save overall and 26th in a row, the longest active streak in
the major leagues and one shy of the Marlins’ franchise record set
by Todd Jones in 2005.
Cesar Jimenez (1-1) took the loss for Philadelphia, which is 7-2
in its last nine home games.
”Everybody is playing as a team, rooting for each other and
playing good baseball,” Sandberg said.
A couple of Phillies miscues in the fifth inning set up the
Marlins’ first run. Following Adeiny Hechavarria’s single, Nathan
Eovaldi reached first base on an error when catcher Carlos Ruiz
fielded his sacrifice bunt attempt and threw too high to
Luis Garcia’s wild pitch moved the runners to second and third
with one out, and Hechavarria scored on Donovan Solano’s
The Phillies loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning on two
walks and a single and tied it on a passed ball. Chase Utley drove
in two runs with a single to right.
The Phillies blew an opportunity to take the lead in the eighth.
Domonic Brown led off with a double and moved to third on a
groundout. After Cody Asche struck out, Bernadina hit a liner
toward shortstop but Hechavarria made a diving stop to preserve the
”The shortstop made an unbelievable play,” Sandberg said. ”We
had it in the outfield. He’s some athlete.”
Utley finished the series against the Marlins with six hits and
”He’s swinging a good bat, showing power and showing his
leadership,” Sandberg said. ”He’s a real steady force and will be
a big piece for next year.”
Eovaldi struggled with his control through five innings,
allowing three runs, four hits, four walks and a hit batter while
striking out five.
In his first major league start since August 2009, Zach Miner
tossed three scoreless innings for the Phillies and allowed two
hits, walked two and struck out two.
NOTES: The Phillies are 11-5 against the Marlins this season.
The clubs have one series left, a three-game set next week in
Miami. … An MRI on RHP Kyle Kendrick, Philadelphia’s original
Wednesday night starter, revealed nothing more than shoulder
tendinitis. He will get a second opinion Thursday but could pitch
again as soon as next Tuesday. … After a day off Thursday,
Philadelphia will host the Mets for three games starting Friday
with Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48) on the hill.