Marlins fall apart in 9th, lose to Phillies 5-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm •  Published: July 3, 2014
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MIAMI (AP) — Steve Cishek was slumped in his chair inside the Miami clubhouse a half-hour after the game, an icepack strapped to his shoulder and a sad look on his face.

The Marlins' closer had converted 14 straight save chances. His streak came to an ugly end Thursday night.

Cishek issued a four-pitch walk to Philadelphia's Tony Gwynn Jr. to lead off the ninth, the first event in what became a two-run rally that lifted the Phillies to a 5-4 win over the Marlins.

"I just made things more difficult than they needed to be," Cishek said. "And the end result kind of showed right there."

It was a break the Phillies desperately needed. They snapped a six-game losing streak, winning for just the third time in 13 games and pulling off the comeback while getting just one hit in the ninth.

Philadelphia was 1-40 entering Thursday when trailing after eight innings.

"That's one you've got to win," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

Cishek wasn't entirely to blame. Gwynn scored to tie the game, and Ben Revere added the go-ahead run when Miami second baseman Donovan Solano bobbled a potential double-play grounder.

"We basically took what they gave us," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "As they gave us bases our guys were alert and had the speed on the bases to get into scoring position and then it was just balls in play and avoiding strikeouts and making something happen."

Revere had two hits for the Phillies, getting his sixth multi-hit game in his last eight outings.

It was back-and-forth all night, the last swing going Philadelphia's way: The Marlins led 2-0, the Phillies went up 3-2 and the Marlins scored two in the eighth, grabbing a 4-3 lead on Jeff Baker's pinch-hit triple.

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon got his 19th save in 21 chances. Jake Diekman (3-2) got the win despite a shaky eighth, giving up two runs and costing Philadelphia the lead.

Gwynn went to third on a single by Revere and wound up scoring the tying run on a grounder by Jimmy Rollins. Chase Utley then hit another grounder to Solano, who only had the play at first and allowed Revere to score easily.

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