MIAMI - The Phillies rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to tie Thursday’s game against the Miami Marlins, but lost it, 4-3, on a bases-loaded hit by Christian Yelich with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Jake Diekman allowed four singles, one of which was an infield hit with two outs, in the bottom of the ninth.
The Phillies have lost two in a row. They are 20-24 on the season. The Marlins are 25-23 and a majors’ best 19-6 at home.
Starting pitching report
Cole Hamels did not allow a run until the sixth when he gave up a two-out double to Ed Lucas and a first-pitch RBI single to Giancarlo Stanton, the majors’ RBI leader with 45. The situation seemed to call for Hamels to pitch around Stanton, but Hamels threw a strike and paid for it when Stanton capitalized on a semi-shift and smacked the single past where second baseman Chase Utley would ordinarily have been stationed.
An inning later, Hamels gave up a leadoff single to Jeff Baker and a two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna on a hanging 0-2 breaking ball.
Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez limited the Phillies to four hits, all singles, over seven shutout innings.
Mike Adams looked sharp in getting three outs, two on strikeouts, in a tie game in the bottom of the eighth.
Diekman took the loss.
Steve Cishek was the winning pitcher.
Marlins’ relievers A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn failed to protect a 3-0 lead in the eighth.
At the plate
The Phillies entered the eighth inning trailing, 3-0. Jimmy Rollins led off with a walk, Chase Utley doubled and Rollins scored on a sacrifice fly. Marlon Byrd then tied the game with a mammoth two-run homer to center off reliever Dunn.
Rollins moved into sole possession of second place on the team’s all-time hits list, ahead of Richie Ashburn, with a single in the third inning. Rollins has 2,218 hits. He is 17 hits shy of breaking Mike Schmidt’s team record.
Pitcher Jonathan Pettibone has opted for rest and rehab on his latest shoulder problem. He will not have surgery.
The Phillies return home Friday night to start a three-game series against the Dodgers. Pitching matchups:
Friday night – RH Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 3.98) vs. LH Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 4.43)
Saturday afternoon – RH Dan Haren (5-2, 3.18) vs. RH David Buchanan (5-1. 3.98 at Triple A)
Sunday afternoon – RH Josh Beckett (2-1, 2.89) vs. RH A.J. Burnett (3-3, 3.32)