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.

Pete Mackanin will push to add hitter in meeting with front-office brass Friday

Pete Mackanin will push to add hitter in meeting with front-office brass Friday

ATLANTA — The Phillies entered Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves — No. 157 of 162 — ranked last in the majors in runs scored (591) and were hanging out near the bottom in a slew of other important offensive categories.
 
The stat sheet says the Phillies need more offense.
 
So does the manager.
 
Pete Mackanin plans to make his case for adding a bat this winter — the best fit would be in the outfield — in an end-of-season meeting with the front office Friday at Citizens Bank Park.
 
“Basically, having talked to the rest of the coaching staff, we’re all pretty much in agreement with what our needs are,” Mackanin said Tuesday afternoon. “I’m anxious to hear from (general manager) Matt Klentak and from (president) Andy MacPhail and if there’s an owner there. We’d like to hear what they have to say. We’re pretty much in agreement on a lot of what we need.
 
“I, for one, think we need at least one hitter that gives you quality at-bats.”
 
There could be hurdles in adding a bat. Money is not one of them. All of the team’s big contracts will be gone when Ryan Howard rides off into the sunset on Sunday. The team that spent over a half-billion in salaries from 2012 to 2014 (and missed the playoffs each time) has plenty of money and has vowed to spend it in due time. But that time might not arrive until team leaders believe the club has built a nucleus that would benefit from the signing of a "finishing" talent or two. The team is committed to building that nucleus from within, and there lies the potential hurdle in adding the difference-making bat that Mackanin craves. Building from within requires eventually giving players from the system an opportunity to prove themselves and grow at the major-league level. The front office, still very much committed to a rebuild, will be cognizant of blocking those players (the list includes Roman Quinn, Nick Williams, Dylan Cozens and others) and their opportunities. Klentak has said as much on several occasions this year.
 
Even Mackanin acknowledged that the situation is a Catch-22.
 
“I know I don’t want to block a prospect that has a chance to be a big part of it,” he said.
 
“But at the same time, I think by having one guy in the middle of the lineup or somewhere in the lineup that can take a little pressure off (Maikel) Franco and (Odubel) Herrera and the rest of them could do wonders. You look at when (Matt) Kemp joined the Braves. They all went off. They’re all hitting. They’ve scored more runs than anybody, I think, since the All-Star break. Last year, with (Yoenis) Cespedes, he joined the Mets and all of a sudden they all started hitting.
 
“I will give those examples. I feel that’s important.”
 
A number of outfield bats will be on the free-agent market this winter. Cespedes could be there if he opts out of his contract with the Mets, but he’s not likely to be interested in joining a rebuilding team and the Phillies are unlikely to want the long-term commitment a player like that would require. Dexter Fowler and Matt Holliday could be free agents if their options for 2017 are not exercised. Ian Desmond will be out there, but the Rangers will probably look to retain him. Jose Bautista, Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and Colby Rasmus will also be out there. Martin Prado is the type of “professional hitter” that would appeal to Mackanin, but he agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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