Marlins lose matinee rubber match against Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton made his only contact in the dugout.
Stanton struck out four times to finish a miserable series and the Miami Marlins lost 4-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday afternoon.
Stanton has fanned in his past seven at-bats. He was 0 for 10 with nine strikeouts against the Phillies. After one of his early strikeouts, he smashed his bat in the dugout.
"I'm playing like (garbage)," Stanton said. "Can't do it no more. We're not going to be successful with zero production out of your cleanup guy."
Tyler Goeddel hit his first career homer and Jeremy Hellickson pitched six sharp innings for Philadelphia, which took two of three.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler (2-4) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in seven innings.
"We had the lead and I gave it right back."
The Marlins jumped ahead 2-0 in the first on RBI doubles by Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Derek Dietrich led off with a walk after third baseman Maikel Franco let his foul pop fall untouched. Yelich drove a one-out double to left. After Stanton fanned, Ozuna lined a double to left.
"We scored two in the first and then didn't show up," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
Andres Blanco lined an RBI double in the third and Cameron Rupp's two-run single gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead. A fielding error by first baseman Justin Bour on David Lough's grounder started the rally. Cesar Hernandez followed with a bunt single. Blanco then ripped a double to right.
After Ryan Howard struck out, Franco was intentionally walked. Rupp then hit a sharp single up the middle.
Goeddel went deep in the eighth off Jose Urena.
Marlins fell to 21-19. Phillies are temporarily tied with Washington for first in the NL East, pending the outcome of the Nationals-Mets game Wednesday night. Philadelphia hasn't been in first since finishing the 2011 season with a franchise-record 102 wins for their fifth straight division title.
Stanton was 4 for 28 on Miami's road trip.
"He's one guy on our team," Mattingly said. "Last two games probably were his worst at-bats of the season."
Yelich is batting .477 (24 for 44) with seven extra-base hits in his past 11 games vs. the Phillies.
Marlins: RHP Edwin Jackson, on the DL since April 19 with a strained right triceps, is likely to return Friday.
Marlins: After a day off Thursday, LHP Justin Nicolino (2-1, 3.75 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series vs. Washington on Friday night. He's 0-2 and has given up 11 runs in 10 1/3 innings in two career starts against the Nationals.