Thursday, April 23, 2015
Phelps (1-0) was making his second start in place of the injured Henderson Alvarez. He struck out five and yielded just three hits and two walks over his 95-pitch appearance.
The Marlins, who won the final two in the set to erase a five-game skid, scored four runs in both the fourth and sixth innings. Adeiny Hechavarria exploded for four hits, drove in three runs and scored twice, while Giancarlo Stanton hit his fourth home run of the season.
Philadelphia gave the ball to reliever Dustin McGowan (1-1) after Sean O'Sullivan was placed on the disabled list, and he struggled in his first start since May 14, 2014 with Toronto. He was charged with four runs on three hits and four walks in just 3 1/3 frames.
With two more gaffes this afternoon, Ryne Sandberg's club surpassed the Nationals for top spot in the National League in most errors committed.
McGowan threw a 1-2-3 third inning and appeared to be settling in, so the Phils tried to stretch him through another inning. He instead issued walks to Michael Morse, Marcell Ozuna and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to load the bases, and Hechavarria started the scoring with a two-run single to end McGowan's day.
Hector Neris, making his first appearance of 2015, promptly hit Phelps to reload the bases and Prado drove in two with a two-out single.
A day after committing three errors and allowing five unearned runs, the Phillies' defense made another key mistake.
With one out in the sixth and Hechavarria on second, shortstop Andres Blanco's throw to retire Dee Gordon at first was in the dirt and Darin Ruf could not scoop it. Prado followed with a two-run double, and Stanton lined a two-run homer just over the wall in left field to extend Miami's lead to 8-0.
The Marlins tacked on an insurance run in the ninth on another single by Hechavarria, and Cesar Hernandez's sacrifice fly in the bottom portion got the Phillies on the board.
Notes: Miami finished its 10-game road trip with a 4-6 record ... Miami's Ozuna and Ichiro Suzuki each extended hitting streaks against the Phillies to 12 and 11 games, respectively ... Ruf hit two doubles, the hosts' only extra-base hits of eight total in defeat ... Each team returns to the field Friday with
the Phillies hosting Atlanta for three and Miami welcoming Washington for three.