The Phils sweep the Marlins thanks to Utley’s solo home run in the eighth inning, as they defeat the fish, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA solo home run in the eighth inning by a red-hot Chase Utley leads the Phils to a sweep of the Marlins, defeating the fish, 4-3.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in Christian Yelich, who had started the game by reaching base on Ryan Howard’s fielding error, before stopping at second base on the error, then moving up to third base on Adeiny Hechavarria’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins increased their lead in the top of the second as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Yelich hits an RBI single, scoring Jeff Mathis, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Henderson Alvarez’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 2-0 Marlins’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the third as, with one man out, Howard hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins would get that run back in the top of the fifth as, with one man out, Garrett Jones hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 3-1 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wil Nieves hits a two-run double, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled. The Phils would take the lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men out, Utley hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his third save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Yelich to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. B. J. Rosenberg pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo (1-1, 2.45) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his third save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth. Henderson Alvarez also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and three walks, while striking out five. A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two. Mike Dunn (0-1, 6.35) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils belted out thirteen hits in the game, with Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, Home Run, RBI) and Wil Nieves (2 Singles, Double, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single), Dom Brown (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other four Phils’ hit. The Phils also had six walks (Utley, Howard, Byrd, Brown, Cody Asche (2)), a stolen base (Brown (2)) and a sacrifice bunt (Kendrick)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Howard).

The Phils (6-6, 3rd) start a four-game series with the Braves (8-4, 1st) with a game that’s already in progress.

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