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Saltalamacchia, Alvarez lead Marlins over Phillies

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm •  Published: June 25, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Henderson Alvarez has found success by simply throwing low strikes.

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

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.

"I've been working hard to keep my pitches down in the zone," Alvarez said through an interpreter. "All my pitches, curveball, fastball and change."

A.J. Burnett (5-7) gave up three runs and five hits, striking out eight in seven innings. A poor defensive play by left fielder Domonic Brown cost Burnett three runs in the fourth inning.

The Marlins have won two of the first three in the four-game set. They had lost eight of their previous nine games in Philadelphia before this series.

Steve Cishek struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save in 19 tries.

The Phillies are 1-4 since a season-high five-game winning streak that included a three-game sweep at Atlanta and two wins in St. Louis. They are just 17-23 at home.

Miami improved to .500 at 39-39 and trails NL East-leading Washington by only 2 1/2 games.

The Marlins had runners on first and second with two outs in the fourth 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.

"Salty put a great at-bat together and drove in a couple runs. He did a great job behind the plate, too," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

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