Instant Replay: Marlins 5, Phillies 0

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Instant Replay: Marlins 5, Phillies 0

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MIAMI – Cole Hamels’ string of strong starts was snapped at 10 as the Miami Marlins beat the Phillies, 5-0, on Wednesday night.

The loss marked the low point of the season as the Phillies, losers of six straight and 10 of their last 12, fell to 12 games under .500.

The Phillies, who had just five singles in the game, have been shut out 11 times on the season. Only San Diego has been shut out more.

Hamels lasted just five innings (97 pitches) and allowed three runs. He had pitched at least seven innings in 10 straight starts.

Starting pitching report
Hamels (2-5) seemed off right from the get-go. He allowed a base hit and two walks in the first inning. Though he escaped a bases-loaded jam, he threw 34 pitches in the first inning. In all, the left-hander went five innings, allowed five hits and three runs. He walked four, hit a batter and struck out three. Hamels gave up a leadoff walk in the fifth inning then allowed a pair of RBI doubles.

Miami’s Tom Koehler (6-6) held the Phillies to three hits over six shutout innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

Bullpen report
Kenny Giles pitched a scoreless inning and struck out one. He has pitched nine innings since coming up from Triple A and has allowed just one run, which came in his first inning of work.

Mario Hollands’ scoreless innings streak was snapped at 18 when he allowed a two-run homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth. The home run came one batter after Hollands took a ball off the right knee from the bat of Marcell Ozuna. Hollands faced two more batters then left the game with what was called a contusion.

Miami’s bullpen pitched three scoreless innings.

At the plate
The Phillies’ offense let Koehler off the hook in the first inning. Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins opened the game with base hits to put runners on first and third with no outs. The Phils got nothing out of the threat as Koehler struck out Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd before retiring Ryan Howard on a ground ball to second.

The Phillies did not get their third hit of the game until the sixth inning. They were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

The Marlins had four extra-base hits. The Phillies had none.

Health check
Cliff Lee, on the disabled list since May 20 with a strained left elbow, will make a minor-league rehab start for Single A Clearwater on Sunday. Lee threw a 60-pitch simulated game on Tuesday. He could throw up to 75 pitches Sunday (see story).

Transactions
The Phillies placed outfielder Domonic Brown on paternity leave and recalled outfielder Aaron Altherr from Double A (see story). Brown is expected to be back in a couple of days.

The Phils also shifted reliever Mike Adams (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list. Adams won’t be eligible to return until early August.

Pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez came off the disabled list and was assigned to Double A, where he will work as a reliever.

Up next
Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.22) will oppose Miami lefty Brad Hand (0-1, 6.38) in the series finale Thursday night.

Best of MLB: Max Scherzer dominates in Nationals' win over Padres

Best of MLB: Max Scherzer dominates in Nationals' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer allowed three hits over 8 2/3 innings, Bryce Harper and Michael A. Taylor hit two-run homers and the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Friday night.

Trea Turner added a solo homer and a double for Washington.

Scherzer (5-3) struck out a season-high 13. He allowed a single to Austin Hodges in the second, Ryan Schimpf's solo homer in the fourth and Allen Cordoba's single in the ninth, throwing 108 pitches, 81 for strikes

Scherzer, who tossed a season-low five innings in a loss to Atlanta last time out, retired 14 straight before Cordoba's single. After a walk to Yangervis Solarte, acting manager Chris Speier visited the mound, but he momentarily left Scherzer in.

However, after a strikeout and a hit batter, Speier called on Koda Glover who struck out pinch-hitter Hunter Renfroe to pick up his fourth save (see full recap).

Walker homers twice in return to home as Mets roll
PITTSBURGH -- Neil Walker homered twice in his return to his hometown, Jacob deGrom gave New York's bullpen a needed rest and the Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1 on Friday night.

Walker, who grew up in Pittsburgh and played seven seasons for the Pirates before being traded to New York in December 2015, finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs. He hit a two-run shot off Chad Kuhl (1-5) in the third and added a solo blast to right-center in the fifth.

DeGrom (4-1) became the first Mets starter to get an out in the eighth inning since last June, pitching 8 1/3 innings and giving up a run with 10 strikeouts and one walk. DeGrom also had two of New York's 12 hits.

Gregory Polanco returned from the disabled list to collect two of Pittsburgh's six hits, including a solo home run in the fourth.

Kuhl failed to make it past the fifth inning for his seventh consecutive start. He gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings and hasn't won since beating Atlanta on April 8 (see full recap).

Red Sox blank Mariners for 5th straight win
BOSTON -- Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven (see full recap).

Instant Replay: Reds 5, Phillies 2

Instant Replay: Reds 5, Phillies 2

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Aaron Nola struggled and the Phillies' offense slumbered in a 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies had just one hit through eight innings and three overall in losing for the 21st time in the last 26 games. They scored both of their runs in the ninth inning.

Over their last six games, five of which have been losses, the Phillies have been held to three hits four times.

The Phillies have scored just nine runs in their last six games.

Nola came off the disabled list and pitched seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in Pittsburgh. He failed to build on that outing against a Cincinnati club that entered the game with nine losses in its previous 12 games.

Starting pitching report
Nola, who entered the game having given up just one home run in 23 innings this season, gave up a pair of long balls in the first two innings as the Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead. In all, the right-hander gave up six hits and five runs over six innings.

Nola is 2-2 with a 4.34 ERA in five starts.

Cincinnati right-hander Tim Adleman's 20th big-league start was the best of his career. The right-hander pitched eight shutout innings and allowed just four baserunners on one hit, two walks and a hit batsman. He struck out four.

Adleman entered the game with a 6.19 ERA this season.

Bullpen report
Mark Leiter Jr. pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three for the Phillies.

Asher Wojciechowski lost the shutout in the ninth. Raisel Iglesias came on for the final two outs. He struck out Maikel Franco, the potential tying run, hacking wildly at a full-count breaking ball to end the game.

At the plate
Andres Blanco, the Phillies' No. 2 hitter, singled in the first inning. The Phillies did not have another hit until there was one out in the ninth.

Aaron Altherr doubled in the ninth to break up the Reds' shutout bid.

Odubel Herrera batted leadoff and ran his slump to 0 for 13 before doubling in the ninth. He hit a ball hard earlier in the game, too, but Cincinnati leftfielder Adam Duvall made a nice diving catch.

For Cincinnati, Duvall and Scott Schebler took Nola deep. Jose Peraza had a two-run single against Nola in the sixth inning. He has a 12-game hitting streak.

In the field
Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco made a terrific play in starting a 2-4-3 double play to end the seventh inning.

Minor matters
Second base prospect Jesmuel Valentin had season-ending surgery on his left shoulder in Philadelphia on Friday. Valentin, who was playing at Triple A Lehigh Valley, is looking at a recovery time of four to five months. He should be ready to play winter ball in his native Puerto Rico. Valentin went down to the final days of camp in a bid to make the Phillies' opening day roster in spring training (see story).

Up next
The series continues in a 4:05 p.m. start Saturday. Jerad Eickhoff (0-5, 4.70) pitches against Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 6.75).