Marlins 5, Phillies 4
WP – Ricky Nolasco (6-3, 4.35)
LP – Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81)
SV – Heath Bell (11)
PHILADELPHIA — The run of dominance was sure to run out for Cole Hamels.
Hamels was roughed up, allowing at least five runs in a start for the first time since July of last season in the Phillies 5-4 loss to the Marlins Saturday afternoon.
He pitched into the 7th, allowing fives runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out eight. Though Hamels looked dominant at times, it was the quality of hits that got to him.
He gave up a pair of doubles, one being an RBI double by Justin Ruggiano and the other being an RBI double by Jose Reyes, and a pair of home runs to Hanley Ramirez, the first being a solo shot and the second being the go-ahead two-run homer in the 6th.
It looked like the Phils and Hamels were going to roll through this game. In the first three innings the Phils got runs on a Carlos Ruiz ground, Jimmy Rollins single and Hunter Pence homer in each inning respectively.
The Marlins answered right back though. Ramirez hit is first home run of the game and Ruggiano drove in a run on a double in the top of the 4th to cut the Phils lead to 3-2. Ramirez’s two-run homer in the 6th gave the Marlins the lead for good.
Reyes’ insurance RBI double in the 7th that chased Hamels was the insurance run the Marlins needed to hold off the Phillies.
The Phillies had an opportunity to tie the game up while trailing 5-3 in the 8th inning. They got runners on second and third with no outs but they managed only one run out of the inning to cut the lead to 5-4.
They got one more chance in the 9th inning. Placido Polanco led off with a single and was bunted to second by Freddy Galvis. But pinch-hitter Brian Schneider and Rollins couldn’t bring him home.
2B: Galvis (15). 3B: Rollins (1). HR: Pence (13).