The Phils end their four-game losing streak as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.
The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlin Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, before Byrd is thrown out at home plate by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, 9-2, for the inning’s final out. The Marlins would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Derek Dietrich hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as he earlier reached base on a force out. The Phils retook the lead in the bottom of the third as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk to Tony Gwynn, Jr., a walk to Jimmy Rollins, moving Gwynn up to second base and a single by Utley, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Howard had an RBI walk, forcing in Gwynn, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while moving both Rollins and Utley up a base. Marlins’ starter Jose Fernandez then got himself out of trouble by striking out Byrd, Brown and Carlos Ruiz, all swinging, leaving the bases loaded. The Marlins then made a threat of their own in the top of the fifth as they loaded up the bases via a lead-off single by Marcell Ozuna, who then moved up to second base on pitcher A.J. Burnett’s wild pitch, then walks to first Garrett Jones and then to Casey McGehee, moving up both runners, and with one man out, after Burnett was taken out of the game for an injury, Jake Diekman got the Phils out of trouble by striking out both Saltalmacchia and Dietrich, swinging. The Phils then added to their lead in their half of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. After Howard followed with a single, moving Utley up to second base, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard up to second base. Two batters later, after Brown hits a single which loaded up the bases as both Howard and Byrd moved up a base, the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Ruiz hits into a 4-6-3 doubleplay. wiping out Brown at second base for the inning’s first out, while Howard scored, and Byrd moved up to third base. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jeff Baker hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Saltalmacchia, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base as pinch-hitter Reed Johnson was hit by the pitch, then moved up to third on Adeiny Hechavarria’s fly out to right, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his second save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Jones to fly out to center for the game’s final out.
A.J. Burnett threw a no-decision as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits, six walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Jake Diekman (1-0, 4.26) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men whom he would face. Mario Hollands pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits , while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a walk and a hit batter, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jose Fernandez (2-1, 3.78) pitched four innings, plus four batters, as he gave up six runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out six. Kevin Slowey pitched three innings, giving up two hits and two walks. Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple), Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits, while the other Phil run came in on a bases loaded doubleplay. The Phils also had seven walks (Tony Gwynn, Jr., Rollins (2), Utley, Howard (2), Freddy Galvis), a stolen base (Rollins (2)) and a sacrifce bunt (Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.
The Phils (4-6, T-4th) continued their series with the Marlins (5-6, 3rd) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, -.-), who will be making his first start of 2014. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.46), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on April 6, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to end the Marlins’ present slide. The Phils will be going for the series win.