The Miami Marlins beat the Phillies, 4-3, on the strength of two home runs Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Giancarlo Stanton tied the game with a mammoth two-run homer in the sixth inning. Ed Lucas broke the tie with a solo homer in the top of 10th.
The Phillies threatened in the bottom of the 10th. They had runners on second and third with no outs and the bases loaded with one out but could not push home a run against Steve Cishek.
The Phillies are 18-14 under interim manager Ryne Sandberg, who turned 54 on Wednesday.
Starting pitching report
Zach Miner filled in for scheduled starter Kyle Kendrick, who was scratched with shoulder inflammation. Miner pitched three scoreless innings in his first big-league start since Aug. 2009.
Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi allowed three runs over five innings. Two of his four walks turned into runs.
The Phillies used all relievers -- seven total -- in the game.
Ethan Martin gave up the homer to Stanton. Cesar Jimenez allowed the go-ahead homer to Lucas in the 10th.
Brad Hand got the win in relief for Miami. Cishek pitched out of a big jam in the 10th for the save.
At the plate
Chase Utley had a two-run single in the fifth inning, giving him 10 RBIs in his last three games.
Utley left the potential go-ahead run on third base when he grounded out to end the ninth.
Stanton’s 23rd homer of the season was a bomb that landed on Ashburn Alley beyond the centerfield wall and bounced in front of the Planet Hoagie concession stand.
In the field
Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was a game-saver. He prevented the Phillies from scoring the go-ahead run when he made a diving stop on Roger Bernadina’s scorcher to end the eighth with a man on third base.
Two innings earlier, Hechavarria leaped high in the air -- we’re talking Michael Jordan hops -- to snare a liner by Cody Asche for the second out in the sixth.
An MRI revealed inflammation but no serious damage inside Kendrick’s right shoulder. He will receive a precautionary second opinion on Thursday and hopes to resume throwing on Friday (see story).
Triple A manager Dave Brundage coached third base in place of Juan Samuel, who tended to a personal matter. Samuel is expected back over the weekend.
The Phillies are off Thursday as the world stops for Chiefs-Eagles across the street.
The Phils begin their final home series of the season Friday night against the Mets. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday night -- LH Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48) vs. RH Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12)
Saturday night -- RH Tyler Cloyd (2-5, 5.06) vs. RH Dillon Gee (11-10, 3.47)
Sunday afternoon -- LH Cliff Lee (14-6, 2.95) vs. RH Carlos Torres (3-5, 3.48).
Updated - 5:55 p.m.
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.
Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.
The Phillies later announced Rupp was removed from the game as a precaution and that he showed no symptoms of a concussion.
Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).
In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).
Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).
“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).
Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.
Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.
“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”
After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored.
Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.
Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.
Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs.
After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career.
Here is tonight's lineup:
1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P