May 22: Phillies (20-24) 3, Marlins (25-23) 4
Following a stellar start by Henderson Alvarez the Miami Marlins came through late to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3. Alvarez slung seven shutout frames and after the Fish coughed up his lead left, Christian Yelich got a walk-off hit in the ninth.
It was a pitcher’s duel in the early going as neither team could break through against either Alvarez or Philly’s Cole Hamels. The game was knotted at zero heading into the sixth frame.
In the sixth, the Fish got on the board first on a Giancarlo Stanto RBI single with two outs. Stanton ripped a line drive to right on a first-pitch fastball he saw from Hamels.
Miami added to its lead for Alvarez as Marcell Ozuna connected on a two-run home run to left-center field. Ozuna’s eighth homer of the year came one night after hitting a grand slam against the Phillies in the late going. This time, his dinger gave the Marlins a 3-0 cushion after seven.
Relievers A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn could not hold onto that three-run lead for Alvarez though. In the eighth, Ramos replaced Alvarez after his pitch count had reached 105. Ramos walked the leadoff man and then got an out before passing the ball over to Dunn. Dunn coughed up a double to Chase Utley, a sacrifice fly to Ryan Howard and a two-run, game-tying home run to Marlon Byrd.
Neither team could break the 3-3 tie until Yelich;s heroics in the ninth ended things. The Marlins got singles from Ozuna, Jeff Mathis and pinch-hitter Reed Johnson to load the bases with two outs. Yelich sent a 1-1 pitch from Jake Diekman back up the box and into center field for the game-winner.
Miami closer Steve Cishek got the win in the game after collecting three outs in the top of the ninth.
Hamels finished the game with seven innings of work, three earned runs, six hits and six strikeouts. Meanwhile, Alvarez got the tough no decision as he gave up just four hits and fanned three batters in his seven scoreless frames.