Lucas’ HR gives Marlins 4-3 win

Ed Lucas ended up being the hero after he nearly wound up being

the goat.

Lucas homered in the 10th inning to lift the Miami Marlins to a

4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

In the bottom of the 10th, the third baseman made an error that

allowed leadoff hitter Carlos Ruiz to reach base, opening the door

for the Phillies to load the bases with one out.

”I was feeling pretty good after the homer, to say the least,”

Lucas said. ”To boot that first ball, it checked up on me a little

bit, but it was definitely a play that I should’ve made. Once that

happened, you’re like, `No, this is not gonna happen.”’

But Marlins closer Steve Cishek struck out Roger Bernadina and

induced a ground ball from Freddy Galvis to end it.

The save was Cishek’s 31st 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.

”He’s riding a streak – I’m not gonna lie to you, that crossed

my mind,” Lucas said. ”So I was happy to see him really bear down

and close it out.”

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,” Phillies manager Ryne

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.

Cesar Jimenez (1-1) took the loss as Miami snapped its

seven-game losing streak to Philadelphia.

”Obviously, it’s something that we’ve been looking for all

year. It got a little hairy there at the end but we made it

through. It was a big win,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

”That was a big building block for us tonight, to be able to

secure that win with our backs definitely against the wall

there.”

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 Ruiz fielded his

sacrifice bunt attempt in front of home 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.

Philadelphia squandered 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.

”He’s such a great defender, I’m glad he’s on our side,”

Redmond said of Hechavarria. ”The amazing thing is how his ease to

balls is, he kind of flows and glides to balls and makes these

plays look relatively easy.”

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. … Miami begins its

final road series in Washington on Thursday, when Henderson Alvarez

(4-4, 3.97) will start.