Phillies beat Marlins 9-7
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi and the Miami Marlins continued their struggles.
Eovaldi lasted just four innings while losing his fourth straight game and the Marlins lost for the ninth time in 13 games, 9-7 to the streaking Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
"We didn't pitch well tonight and we continue to leave people in scoring position," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The easy RBIs, we can't get them in when we need them."
Acquired from the Dodgers in the trade for Hanley Ramirez on July 25, Eovaldi dropped to 3-6 with a 5.44 ERA in nine starts with the Marlins.
"I fell behind in counts and was missing with my fastball," Eovaldi said. "Overall, not a good outing."
Said Guillen, "He's only (22 years old). It's a learning process right now but you've got to learn to throw strikes."
The Marlins made a costly error in the sixth inning when catcher Rob Brantly dropped Jimmy Rollins' routine popup behind the plate. Rollins followed the error by blasting reliever Chris Hatcher's next pitch deep in the seats in right to give Philadelphia an 8-3 lead.
"Errors are out there," Guillen said. "Unfortunately the next pitch was a homer and the rally started. It's too bad it happened. We fought back. We had the right guys at the plate but we couldn't finish it off."
Giancarlo Stanton homered for Miami. Stanton went deep for the 14th time in his last 17 road games to up his league-leading road total to 21 homers.
Rollins homered and drove in three runs and Roy Halladay won again as the Phillies won their sixth straight game.
Despite allowing five runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings, Halladay (10-7) improved to 4-0 in his last five starts. The right-hander walked three and struck out six.
Juan Pierre and Chase Utley both had three hits for Philadelphia, which finished with 15 hits while winning its 14th in the last 18 games. The five-time defending NL East champion Phillies, who reached .500 for the first time since June 4, are making a late playoff push. They began the day five games behind St. Louis in the NL wild-card race.
"Things have been going our way good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
That was apparent in the sixth inning.
"There are times we got breaks (this season) and weren't able to take advantage of it," Rollins said. "This time we were. It's more than that, though. We're executing, playing good defense, and getting good pitching and timely hitting. We know we needed to clean it up in many areas."
a smiling Rollins acknowledged the excitement in the Philadelphia clubhouse.
"You hear it's a cliché that this is what you play for, for September, but it's true," he said. "We have a lot of flags but we don't have a wild-card flag, so this would be a good time."
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