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Marlins lose seventh straight, 4-3 to Phillies

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm •  Published: April 13, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The slumping Miami Marlins say it will take a team effort to pull out of this slide.

Chase Utley extended his hot start with the tiebreaking homer among three hits, sparking the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Marlins on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

It was the seventh straight defeat for Miami, including all six games on a road trip through Washington and Philadelphia. The Marlins will look to snap the skid at home on Monday against the Nationals.

"Everyone has to take ownership for this trip," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "We've got to get better. There are areas we have to improve on, but we're still battling. Nobody's going to give up."

Utley broke a 3-all tie with two outs in the eighth by driving a 1-0 offering from Mike Dunn (0-1) into the seats in right-center.

"It was a slider that I left over the plate a little," Dunn said. "I wanted to hit the corner and he was sitting on the slider. He's a professional hitter who's been in the game for a long time.

"We've got to pull together as a team, get out of this and get going in the right direction."

It was the second straight game in which a late-inning homer did in the Marlins, following Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Phillies in which Jimmy Rollins hit a two-out, walkoff homer in the 10th.

"That's three games now on this trip that we gave up late-inning big hits," Redmond said.

Garrett Jones homered and Casey McGehee had two hits and an RBI for the Marlins.

A.J. Bastardo (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save in four chances.

Kyle Kendrick owns a sparkling career record against the Marlins, going 12-2 with a 3.48 ERA in 21 career games coming in. In his last 11, he was 9-0 with a 2.21 ERA. But he did not factor into the decision Sunday after giving up three runs — two earned — on six hits in six innings.

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