May 20: Phillies (20-22) 6, Marlins (23-23) 5
Pinch-hitter John Mayberry’s two-run double in the sixth proved to be the game-winning base knock as the Miami Marlins fell one-run short of the Philadelphia Phillies in a 6-5 Philly victory. Jimmy Rollins also contributed two RBIs and a homer in the win.
The Phillies and Marlins traded two runs in the early going as both squads put up a pair of runs in the opening frame. A Ryan Howard RBI double and a Marlon Byrd run-scoring ground out gave the Phils an early 2-0 lead against young starter Anthony DeSclafani. The Fish got those two runs right back when Casey McGehee singled home a runner with one out and Marcell Ozuna worked a bases-loaded walk against Phillies starter and long-time former Marlin A.J. Burnett.
Knotted at two apiece, the Marlins then took a narrow 3-2 lead on a Garrett Jones RBI double in the third. Jones sent a sharp ground ball down through the right-field line on the first pitch he saw from Burnett.
The Phillies then got back on top for good when Rollins homered on a fly ball to right in the fifth. He belted a 3-1 offering right after starter DeSclafani had given up a double to the pitcher Burnett.
Already on top 4-3, Mayberry delivered a big blow when singled home Byrd and Cody Asche with two outs in the sixth and the bases loaded. The Fish minimized the damage as reliever Brad Hand got Carlos Ruiz to line out with the bases loaded to end the frame.
The Marlins pulled within two in the bottom of the eighth when Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled home a run. The Marlins had runners at the corners with nobody out and one run across the board in the inning but could not capitalize. Reliever Mike Adams wiggled his way out with two strikeouts and a ground out.
The Phillies returned the favor as they failed to score with the bases loaded and just one out in the top of the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Marlins mustered up a run against Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon on a Jones RBI single, but could not get the tying run across as Pap shut the door on the Fish for his 12th save of the year. Miami stranded McGehee at third to end the game when Saltalamacchia flied out to center field to end the game.
In the loss, Jones went 4-for-5 with two RBIs for the Fish.
Burnett got the win for the Phils as he went the minimum of five innings and gave up three runs. He walked four batters and fanned five in the game. Meanwhile, DeSclafani went 5.1 frames and got his first loss of the season. He surrendered five runs on six hits and struck out only two.