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

pitch.”

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

second.

Luis Garcia’s wild pitch moved the runners to second and third

with one out, and Hechavarria scored on Donovan Solano’s

groundout.

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

tie.

”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

10 RBIs.

”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.