Marlins fall to Utley and Phillies 5-3 in 14

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 27, 2014 at 12:00 am •  Published: June 26, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Marlins' offense couldn't overcome a crucial, late-inning mistake.

After an error helped the Phillies tie the game in the eighth inning, Philadelphia's Chase Utley hit a two-run home run in the 14th, lifting the hosts to a 5-3 victory over Miami on Thursday night.

"I tried to get the ball up in the zone," reliever Chris Hatcher said. "It didn't go there and he got me."

Miami wasn't able to generate much offense in the late and extra innings, putting just one runner in scoring position in extras.

The Marlins did, however, produce offense early in the game.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna homered for Miami to help the Marlins lead 3-2 through 6 ½ innings before Jeff Baker's fielding error at first base allowed Philadelphia to tie the game.

Baker booted Jimmy Rollins' grounder that should have ended the inning. Baker's error allowed Domonic Brown to score from third.

Brown singled pinch-hitting for Cole Hamels to start the inning. He wasn't in the starting lineup for a defensive gaffe, his second in three nights, in Wednesday's 3-2 Marlins win when he misplayed Ozuna's fly ball in left field.

"It was a routine play, I just messed it up," Baker said. "I knocked it down and I should've just picked it right up and throw to first. The pitchers all pitched well enough for us to win. I take pride in preparing myself to make all of the right plays. Tonight, I just lost the game."

Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler was in line for the victory before Baker's miscue after giving up two runs on seven hits in six innings with six strikeouts and no walks.

"It was unfortunate that we weren't able to hold that lead," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We had a lot of great efforts pitching-wise and guys were battling to the end. It was just that we couldn't get that big hit and they got it."

The Marlins managed just two hits from the ninth inning on, however.

After the Phillies squandered chances to score in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings, Rollins led off the 14th with an infield single. Utley followed by driving an 0-2 pitch from Hatcher (0-1) deep into the seats in right field.

Utley was mobbed at home plate by his smiling teammates and met with a pie in the face while giving a TV interview afterward. The game lasted 4 hours, 41 minutes and the teams combined to use 13 pitchers.

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