Brown's misplay costs Phillies in loss to Marlins

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2014 at 9:58 pm •  Published: June 25, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Domonic Brown's misplay ruined another strong outing by A.J. Burnett.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run double, Henderson Alvarez threw 6 2-3 sharp innings and the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Wednesday night.

Burnett (5-7) gave up three runs and five hits, striking out eight in seven innings. Brown cost Burnett three runs in the fourth inning when he failed to make a routine catch.

The Marlins had runners on first and second with two outs when Marcell Ozuna hit a liner to left that should have ended the inning. But Brown froze on the ball instead of taking a step back and it sailed over his head for an RBI double.

"That play has to be made," Brown said. "I told A.J. I was sorry about it. It was a hard-hit line drive. I made a break on it in and that definitely was a big mistake. I'm definitely upset at myself."

Saltalamacchia followed with a two-run double to left-center to make it 3-0. He was 1 for 15 with nine strikeouts off Burnett before the hit.

"I felt like I should have picked him up the next at-bat," Burnett said. "That's what we do. You pick each other up. The pitch is a little bit lower to Salty, then you pick him up. He plays hard. He comes in every day and prepares and he goes about his business. It's not like he's trying to miss balls out there."

Brown, an All-Star last year when he led the Phillies with 27 homers, has played shaky defense. He is hitting just .217 with five homers.

"Well Domonic is our left fielder as we speak, capable of swinging the bat," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Every time he goes up there I have confidence that it might be the time where he pops one and drives in two, three runs."

Alvarez (5-3) allowed two runs — one earned — and seven hits. He is 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA in his last seven starts.