The Phils win their third game in a row as they hold on to defeat the Marlins, defeating the fish, 6-5.
The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, and sending Chase Utley, who has just walked, up to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Marlon Byrd hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Utley. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI single, scoring Derek Dietrich, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then stopped at second base on Giancarlo Stanton’s walk, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, and sending Stanton, who had just walked, up to second base. The Marlins then made it two-all three batters later as, with the bases loaded, thanks to Garrett Jones’ single, moving up both runners, and now with two men out, Marcell Ozuna forced in a run with a walk, scoring Stanton, as McGehee and Jones both moved up a base. The Marlins took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jones hits an RBI double, knocking in Stanton, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead, before moving up to third base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in A.J. Burnett, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Byrd, a walk to Cody Asche, a wild pitch by pitcher Brad Hand moving both runners up a base, and an intentional walk to Tony Gwynn, Jr., and with two-men out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run single, knocking in Byrd and Asche, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead, and sending Gwynn up to third base. The Marlins get a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, after Asche had committed a foul pop error in foul territory, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits an RBI single, scoring McGehee, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Jones’ double, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Stanton, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, as Dietrich, who has been safe at first on an even earlier force out, 6-4, as Christian Yelich, who had started the inning off with a walk, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, then moved up to second base on defensive indifference, while sending McGehee, who had just walked, up to third base. But that would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twelfth save of the season by getting Saltalamacchia to fly out to center field for the game’s final out.
A.J. Burnett (3-3, 3.32) gets the win as he went five innings, giving up three runs on three hits, four walks and a hit batter, while striking out five. Jake Diekman collected his five hold of the year as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Mike Adams also collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon received his twelfth save of the season by pitching an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Anthony De Sclafini (1-1, 5.56) took the lost as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two. Brad Hand pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Randy Wolf and A.J. Ramos combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ramos) and three walks (Wolf (1), Ramos (2)) between them, while striking out four (two batters each).
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with two hits. Chase Utley (Double), Ryan Howard (Double, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Double, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), A.J. Burnett (Double) and pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, 2 RBIs), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had seven walks (Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Utley, Howard, Cody Asche (2), Tony Gwynn, Jr.) and two stolen bases (Rollins (6), Gwynn (1)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Asche).
The Phils (20-22, 4th) continue their series with the Marlins (23-23, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and is to start at 7:10 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 3.96), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on May 16, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils 3-0 lost to the Reds. He is still looking for his first win since 2013, while hoping that the Phils’ offense will finally help him out. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (2-2, 3.62), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on May 15, as he went four and a third innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 6-4 lost. He will be trying to even the series. The Phils will be trying for their fourth straight win and their second straight series win, while trying to give Kendrick his first win as a starter since last season.