Instant Replay: Marlins 5, Phillies 1

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Instant Replay: Marlins 5, Phillies 1

BOX SCORE

MIAMI -- The Phillies received a strong start from Cole Hamels on Monday night, but once again did not support the left-hander offensively. The Phils ended up with a 5-1 loss to the Miami Marlins.

It was the 18th time in 45 games that the Phils have scored two or fewer runs.

The loss was the Phillies’ third this month against the Marlins, who have the National League’s worst record (13-32). The Phils (21-24) are 4-4 against the Marlins this season.

The Phillies supported Hamels with just one run. They have scored just 20 runs in the 62 2/3 innings that Hamels has pitched this season. In Hamels’ last eight starts, the Phils have scored just 13 runs while he has been in the game.

Ten starts into the season, Hamels is 1-7. The Phils are 1-9 in his 10 starts.

Starting pitching report
Hamels allowed two runs over six innings, did not walk a batter and struck out a season-high 10. Sixty-seven of his 89 pitches were strikes. Hamels had his best fastball of the season. It hit 95 on the stadium radar gun.

Miami right-hander Alex Sanabia held the Phillies to seven hits and a run over 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.

Bullpen report
The Phillies’ bullpen allowed three runs.

Marlins’ right-hander Ryan Webb got two huge outs with runners on the corners in the seventh. He got pinch-hitter Laynce Nix to pop out to shallow right and Jimmy Rollins to ground out to second to preserve the Marlins’ 2-1 lead.

A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless eighth for Miami and Chad Qualls got the final three outs.

At the plate
The Phillies were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. Their only run came on a solo homer by Domonic Brown in the second inning. He leads the team with eight homers.

Hamels allowed three hits in the first inning. The third, by Marcell Ozuna, drove in a run. Justin Ruggiano’s two-out double off the right-field wall against Hamels in the sixth broke a 1-1 tie. Ruggiano added an RBI single in the eighth. Nick Green followed with a two-run single as his blooper fell in front of Ben Revere, who, as always, was playing deep.

Health check
Mike Adams went on the disabled list, Carlos Ruiz is headed there, and Ryan Howard is day to day. Lots of health news here (see story).

Up next
Right-hander Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 2.84) opposes right-hander Jose Fernandez (2-2, 3.48) on Tuesday night.

Fernandez, who was pitching high school ball in Tampa two years ago, has faced the Phillies twice this season. In 13 innings against the Phils, he has just three hits and no runs. He has struck out 14 and walked just three.

Cloyd comes up from Triple A for the start.

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P