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April 22, 2015

Eighth-inning errors doom Phillies in 6-1 loss to Marlins

Cole Hamels received a no-decision after allowing one run in six innings

Adeiny Hechavarria had a pair of hits and scored the go-ahead run and the Miami Marlins took advantage of Philadelphia's sloppy play to end a five-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday.

The Marlins got plenty of help from Philadelphia, scoring five unearned runs.

They took the lead in the seventh. Hechavarria scored from third when Luis Garcia (1-1) balked while trying to hold the speedy Dee Gordon on first. It was the first run Garcia has given up in eight innings of relief this season.

And the Phillies' defense struggled in the eighth when the Marlins scored four unearned runs with help from two Philadelphia fielding miscues.

Cody Asche homered for the Phillies.

With two outs in the eighth, Ichiro Suzuki and Hechavarria both singled. Then Chase Utley dropped a routine throw to second on what could have been the third out, loading the bases for Gordon.

Center fielder Odubel Herrera then took an awkward path to Gordon's drive to deep center, running with his back to home plate before spinning around close to the warning track and dropping the ball. All three runs scored, giving Miami a 5-1 lead.

Martin Prado followed with Miami's only RBI, lining a double down the left-field line to score Gordon and put the Marlins 6-1.

Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels remained winless through four starts after allowing an unearned run and five hits in six innings. Hamels lowered his season ERA to 3.75, but received low run support. He struck out five and walked three.

The Marlins got their lone run off Hamels in the second when Marcell Ozuna scored from third when Hamels mishandled Utley's throw to first on Jarred Cosart's grounder that could've been the third out of the inning.

Philadelphia tied it in the bottom half.

Asche, who entered with a team-best .341 average, continued his strong start by leading off the inning with a homer to deep right.

But the Phillies managed just three other hits off Cosart (1-1), who was impressive in his debut against the team that drafted him.

A 38th-round pick of Philadelphia in 2008, Cosart gave up one run and four hits with four strikeouts in six innings. He was traded by the Phillies to the Astros in 2011 as part of the trade that brought Hunter Pence to Philadelphia.

Utley snapped an 0-for-21 skid with a first-inning single.


Marlins: LF Christian Yelich (back) missed his second straight game.

Phillies: RHP Sean O'Sullivan (knee) was placed on the 15-day DL.


Marlins: RHP David Phelps (0-0, 7.94) looks for his first win in his second start and fourth appearance of the season when Miami closes its 10-game road trip at 1:05 on Thursday against the Phillies.

Phillies: Right-handed reliever Dustin McGowan will start a bullpen-by-committee game for the Phillies. McGowan, who is replacing O'Sullivan in the rotation, is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in five relief appearances this season. He expects to be able to pitch three or four innings in Thursday's start.