Instant Replay: Marlins 5, Phillies 4 (11)

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Instant Replay: Marlins 5, Phillies 4 (11)

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MIAMI -- The Phillies suffered their ninth loss in the last 11 games Tuesday night.

Ed Lucas served an RBI single into right field with one out in the 11th inning to lift the Miami Marlins to a 5-4 win over the flopping Phillies, who are now a season-worst 9½ games behind in the NL East.

Justin De Fratus took the loss and had an 18-inning scoreless streak snapped. He was in his second inning of work when he allowed a leadoff single to Jeff Baker. Lucas’ hit came after a sacrifice bunt.

The Phillies, who tied the game with a pair of homers in the eighth, have matched a season-worst by falling 11 games under .500.

Starting pitching report
A.J. Burnett had the 34th double-digit strikeout game of his career, but could not protect an early 2-0 lead. Burnett gave up six hits, walked four and threw a wild pitch. His ERA is 3.92.

Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez allowed two runs over seven innings. He walked just one and struck out three. In four starts against the Phillies this season, Alvarez has allowed just six earned runs in 26 2/3 innings.

Bullpen report
Ken Giles and Jake Diekman both pitched a scoreless inning. Antonio Bastardo survived a sloppy ninth -- two walks, one intentional, and two wild pitches. He struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia with runners on second and third to end the inning and send the game to extras.

Miami’s Kevin Gregg allowed a pair of two-out homers in the eighth as the Phillies rallied to tie the game.

Bryan Morris was the winning pitcher.

At the plate
Chase Utley and Domonic Brown drove in runs in the first and fourth innings. The Phils tied the game on back-to-back solo home runs by Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche in the eighth.

Saltalamacchia had a two-run single in the fourth inning for Miami. Giancarlo Stanton singled in a run in the fifth and the Marlins’ other run in that inning came home on a wild pitch by Burnett.

Health check
Cliff Lee, Carlos Ruiz, Darin Ruf ... lots of updates here.

Up next
Cole Hamels (2-4, 2.84) pitches against right-hander Tom Koehler (5-6, 3.70) on Wednesday night.

Tonight's lineup: Phillies begin final road series with familiar lineup

Tonight's lineup: Phillies begin final road series with familiar lineup

For the first four months of the season, 100 losses appeared inevitable. Not anymore.

Despite failing to complete a four-game sweep of the MLB-best Dodgers Thursday afternoon, the Phillies begin their final road series tonight in Atlanta coming off a 7-3 homestand. At 61-92 and nine games left, 100 losses seem highly unlikely.

Since the All-Star break, the Phillies are 32-34. Since Aug. 10, when they called up first baseman Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia is 19-23. Since Sept. 1, the Phillies are 11-9. After a long season of losing, now with young blood, the Phillies are tasting victory.

Tonight, manager Pete Mackanin is sticking with a lineup that's worked, with Hoskins batting cleanup, Nick Williams in right field and hitting third and J.P. Crawford batting eighth and playing third base.

With Freddy Galvis manning shortstop, Crawford has been seeing a lot of time at third base recently as the Phillies get a long look at Crawford in the majors.

The 22-year-old has not looked out of place either. Crawford on Thursday made four exceptional defensive plays in the Phillies' 5-4 loss to the Dodgers.

In addition to his defense, Crawford is heating up offensively too. He still has yet to hit his first career homer, but he is coming off a three-walk game Thursday. Crawford has eight walks in his last five games.

"He was advertised as someone who controls the strike zone," Mackanin said Thursday, "and he's proven that he can do that."

On Thursday, Crawford said the transition to third base has been seamless, and now that he's gotten his footing down in the big leagues, he's more comfortable in the batter's box.

Taking three of four games against the Dodgers with a team powered by young players — Hoskins, Williams, Odubel Herrera — gave Crawford hope for things to come.

"It showed me that we can compete with the best teams in the league," Crawford said Thursday. "I just can't wait for what next year has in store for us."

The Phillies will look to continue their recent success Friday night against the Braves. Ben Lively (3-6, 3.94) will make his second-to-last start of the season.
   
Lively has faced the Braves just once, his second career start on June 8. The right-hander allowed three runs on nine hits over seven innings in a 3-1 loss.
   
He's second behind RHP Aaron Nola on the Phillies with nine quality starts. His last outing on Sept. 16 against Oakland was cut short because of rain.

Here is the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Aaron Altherr, LF
6. Odubel Herrera, CF
7. Jorge Alfaro, C
8. J.P. Crawford, 3B
9. Ben Lively, P

And the Braves' lineup:

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Ozzie Albies, 2B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Kurt Suzuki, C
6. Johan Camargo, 3B
7. Lane Adams, LF
8. Dansby Swanson, SS
9. Sean Newcomb, P

Best of MLB: Indians pick up 27th win in last 28 games

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Best of MLB: Indians pick up 27th win in last 28 games

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's time for the 2017 Cleveland Indians to be introduced to the one and only 1884 Providence Grays.

They share some unlikely history, the two teams, which played a mere 141 years apart, are the only two clubs to have ever won 27 out of 28 games.

The Indians joined the Grays on Thursday when Francisco Lindor's three-run homer led Cleveland to a 4-1 victory and three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Grays ended up winning 28 of 29, leaving the Indians one game shy of matching the record (see full recap).

Cubs rally in 9th, beat Brewers to open big series
MILWAUKEE -- Javier Baez grounded a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the 10th and the Chicago Cubs widened their NL Central lead over Milwaukee, beating the Brewers 5-3 Thursday night.

The Cubs now are 4 1/2 games ahead of the Brewers after winning the opener of a four-game series.

Milwaukee was in position to win it in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with one out. But Wade Davis (4-1) struck out Domingo Santana and then, after falling behind 3-1 in the count to Orlando Arcia, came back to retire him on an easy comebacker on a full-count pitch.

The Cubs trailed 3-2 when Ian Happ led off the ninth by hitting a grounder that first baseman Neil Walker fielded wide of the bag. Reliever Jeremy Jeffress covered first and Happ was called safe in a close play, a ruling upheld on replay (see full recap).

Twins rout Tigers, lead AL wild card by 2½ games
DETROIT -- With a postseason berth tantalizingly close, the Minnesota Twins snapped out of their mini-slump in emphatic fashion.

Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco had three hits each, and the Twins extended their lead for the American League's second wild card by beating the Detroit Tigers 12-1 on Thursday night. Minnesota is 2 games ahead of the Angels in the race for the AL's final postseason spot. Los Angeles lost earlier in the day to Cleveland .

The Twins had lost five of six coming into the night, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees, but they routed a depleted Detroit team that is 4-17 in September after trading Justin Verlander and Justin Upton.

"As a whole in this season, it's been pretty impressive," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. "Staying away from the long losing streaks, coming back from some tough losses and some tough stretches and getting back to playing winning baseball, for the most part,” (see full recap).

Fowler delivers again as Cardinals beat Reds
CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals rinsed the bad taste of being swept by the Chicago Cubs the best way they could -- sweeping the Cincinnati Reds.

Dexter Fowler delivered again, hitting two doubles and a single as St. Louis overcame Scott Schebler's two home runs to beat the Reds 8-5 Thursday night.

The Cardinals began the day 2 games behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot and five games behind the Central-leading Cubs.

Fowler drove in two runs. He went 7 for 13 with two home runs and six RBIs in the three-game series (see full recap).