MIAMI -- On the verge of seeing their losing streak rise to a season-high seven games, the Phillies pushed across two runs in the top of the ninth inning to rally to a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins and avoid a three-game sweep Thursday night.
Reliever Jake Diekman let a 3-2 lead get away as the Marlins rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take 4-3 lead into the ninth.
The Phils scored twice against Miami closer Steve Cishek to take the lead. Pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. walked and moved to third on a one-out hit by Ben Revere. Gwynn scored the tying run on a groundball to second by Jimmy Rollins. Revere scored the go-ahead run on another ground ball to second by Chase Utley. Second baseman Donovan Solano might have been able to preserve the tie with a double play, but he did not field the ball cleanly.
The win was just the Phillies’ third in their last 13 games.
Starting pitching report
Kyle Kendrick played the role of stopper. He pitched seven innings of two-run ball and left with the lead only to get a no-decision. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out four. Kendrick has a 4.12 ERA.
Miami lefty Brad Hand pitched into the sixth and was charged with three runs.
Manager Ryne Sandberg used the lefty Diekman against a cast of right-handed hitters in the eighth and Miami rallied for the tying and go-ahead runs. Diekman allowed two singles and a triple, all to right-handed hitters.
Jonathan Papelbon got the final two outs of the game (both strikeouts) with the potential tying run at second. He has 19 saves.
Miami’s Chris Hatcher inherited three runners in the sixth and all three scored, two on a two-out double by Cameron Rupp.
Cishek blew just his second save in 20 chances.
At the plate
Backup catcher Rupp put the Phils ahead with a two-run double in the sixth. The Phils scored three runs in that inning.
Pinch-hitter Jeff Baker’s RBI triple off Diekman broke a 3-3 in the eighth.
In the field
Rupp made a strong throw to cut down Christian Yelich as he tried to steal second to end the seventh and preserve the Phillies’ one-run lead.
Cliff Lee will pitch for Single A Clearwater on Sunday. It will be his first competitive action since going on the disabled with a strained elbow on May 20. Lee will need either one or two rehab starts before rejoining the big-league rotation.
After the game, the Phils sent outfielder Aaron Altherr back to Double A. Domonic Brown, who had been on paternity leave, will rejoin the club Friday in Pittsburgh.
The Phillies open a three-game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday night: RHP Roberto Hernandez (3-7, 4.26) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (6-4, 4.02)
Saturday afternoon: RHP David Buchanan (4-4, 4.86) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (6-6, 4.07)
Sunday afternoon: RHP A.J. Burnett (5-7, 3.92) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (1-1, 3.46)