Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Marlins scored four runs on errors
and another on a balk, and that was all they needed to stop a five-game skid.
Jarred Cosart threw six quality innings and Miami beat the Phillies 6-1 in the
middle installment of a three-game series.
Cosart (1-1), a Phillies draft pick in 2008, gave up just four hits and one
run on a Cody Asche homer to pick up his first victory of the season.
Adeiny Hechavarria went 2-for-4 and scored the go-ahead run when Luis Garcia
(1-1) was called for a balk in the seventh inning.
Cole Hamels remained winless on the year despite tossing six solid frames. The
left-hander scattered five hits and three walks, and the only run he allowed
came as a result of his error in the second inning.
Chase Utley fielded a grounder in the hole and threw to Hamels covering first.
Hamels missed what would have been the last out, and Marcell Ozuna scored the
game’s first run.
Asche led off the bottom of the frame by sending a payoff pitch into the
right-field seats, and it stayed 1-1 until the seventh.
Hechavarria and Dee Gordon both reached on infield singles to put runners on
the corners, and Gordon danced off first base and distracted Garcia, who
stopped mid-motion and was called for a balk to force in a run.
Ken Giles appeared to get out of the eighth when he got Jeff Baker to bounce
into what should have been an inning-ending fielder’s choice, but Utley
dropped the routine force out at second to load the bases
Gordon, who turned 27 on Wednesday, followed with a deep fly ball to center
that turned Odubel Herrera around at the warning track. Herrera got under it,
but the ball glanced off his glove. All three runners scored, and Martin Prado
tacked on an RBI double to cap the four-run inning.
The Marlins improved to 3-9 against NL East clubs … Miami won despite going
2-for-14 with runners in scoring position … Dustin McGowan will start for
Philadelphia in the series finale on Thursday. McGowan is taking the rotation
spot of Sean O’Sullivan, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left
knee tendinitis … David Phelps will pitch for the Marlins.