Instant Replay: Phillies 5, Marlins 3 (14 innings)

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Instant Replay: Phillies 5, Marlins 3 (14 innings)

BOX SCORE

Chase Utley drove a two-run home run deep to right with no outs in the bottom of the 14th inning to lift the Phillies to a 5-3 win over Miami Thursday night.

Utley’s home run came with Jimmy Rollins (walk) on base. Chris Hatcher surrendered the homer on an 0-2 pitch.

Justin De Fratus got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. The Phillies’ bullpen was excellent again with seven scoreless innings.

Utley has three walkoff homers in his career. This was his first since 2006. It was the 223rd homer of his career, tying him with Greg Luzinski for sixth on the Phillies’ all-time list.

With the win, the Phils moved to within five games of first place in the NL East.

Moments before Utley’s game-winner, third baseman Cody Asche made a spectacular leaping catch on a liner by Donovan Solano to end the top of the 14th and save a run.

Starting pitching report
Cole Hamels went seven innings for the 10th straight start. He allowed three runs -- all on solo homers. The left-hander did not walk a batter and struck out seven. 

Miami right-hander Tom Koehler held the Phillies to two runs on seven hits over six walk-free innings. He struck out six.

Bullpen report
Jake Diekman survived three baserunners in the top of the ninth. He struck out Marcell Ozuna on a 99-mph fastball with the bases loaded to end the top of the eighth.

Jonathan Papelbon struck out two in a quick top of the ninth inning. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless 10th. Kenny Giles pitched a scoreless 11th and hit 101 mph on the stadium radar gun. Mario Hollands pitched a scoreless 12th. De Fratus pitched scoreless ball in the 13th and 14th innings. 

Miami right-hander Bryan Morris allowed an unearned run as the Phillies tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Dunn struck out the side in the eighth for Miami.

At the plate
Carlos Ruiz (sacrifice fly in the fourth) and Utley (two-out single in the fifth) drove in the Phillies’ first two runs.

Domonic Brown, who was held out of the starting lineup for the second time in three games, led off the seventh with a pinch-hit single. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tony Gwynn Jr., and to third on a ground out. Brown scored the tying run when Miami first baseman Jeff Baker committed an error on a potential inning-ending ground ball by Jimmy Rollins.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Giancarlo Stanton and Ozuna all hit solo homers off Hamels.

Health check
Cliff Lee will make an important step in his recovery from an elbow strain when he throws a simulated game Friday afternoon. 

Minor matters
Pitching prospect Jesse Biddle is taking a mental break (see story).

Up next
The Phillies open a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday night – RH Kyle Kendrick (3-7, 4.20) vs. RH Julio Teheran (6-5, 2.41)

Saturday afternoon (Game 1 of doubleheader) -- RH Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 4.41) vs. RH Ervin Santana (5-5, 4.15)

Saturday night (Game 2) -- RH Sean O’Sullivan (no record) vs. RH David Hale (3-2, 2.72)

Sunday afternoon -- RH David Buchanan (4-3, 4.79) vs. RH Aaron Harang (6-6, 3.78)

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
 
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club. 
 
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
 
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story)
 
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
 
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
 
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to mlbtraderumors.com, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million. 

The Phillies' roster is full at 40.

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Cody Asche's time with the Phillies has come to an end.

The Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Asche was designated for assignment. The Phillies had until 8 p.m. on Friday to tender a contract to the outfielder, but they instead chose to free up the roster spot for Rollins.

Asche played four seasons with the Phillies from 2013-16 after he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011. The St. Charles, Mo. native had a .213/.284/.350 batting line this past season over 71 games. His best season with the Phillies came as their starting third baseman in 2014, hitting 10 home runs and driving home 46 runs in 121 games.

Rollins has been on four different rosters this offseason. He pitched 31 games in relief for the Seattle Mariners over the last two seasons, sporting a 7.60 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs 15 days after the World Series and then subsequently claimed again by the Rangers. 

Rollins was a 24th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 MLB Draft and was traded a year later to the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2015 season, the Mariners picked Rollins in the Rule 5 draft after the Astros chose not to protect him.