Rollins Helps Phillies Beat Marlins, 6-5
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MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Rollins homered for the second game in a row to put the Phillies ahead to stay, and four pitchers combined on a six-hitter to help Philadelphia beat the Miami Marlins 6-5 Tuesday.
The Phillies began the night ranked 26th in the majors in homers, but they’ve hit seven in the past three games — all wins — while scoring 26 runs.
A.J. Burnett (3-3), who pitched for the Marlins from 1999 to 2005, won making his first start at Marlins Park despite struggling with his command. He walked four and needed 96 pitches to get through five innings, but he departed for a pinch hitter leading 4-3.
Burnett doubled for his first extra-base hit since 2005 and scored.
John Mayberry Jr. pinch-hit for him in the sixth and delivered a two-out, two-run single. Mayberry has seven RBIs in nine at-bats as a pinch-hitter this year.
The Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon walked two and gave up an RBI single by Garrett Jones in the ninth before retiring Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the final out and his 12th save in 13 chances.
Philadelphia won despite giving up eight walks and leaving the bases loaded twice.
Anthony DeSclafani (1-1) allowed five runs in 5 1-3 innings. He was making the second start of his career for Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who is out for at least a year with an elbow injury that required surgery.
The frustration of the night got the best of Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who was ejected in the sixth inning when he complained from the dugout after Adeiny Hechavarria was called out on strikes. After getting tossed by plate umpire Will Little, Redmond ran onto the field to continue the argument, and his tantrum turned comical when he kicked dirt and dragged his foot through the batter’s box to indicate he thought the pitch was inside.
The game marked the start of a six-game homestand for the Marlins, who lost at Marlins Park for the first time since May 3. They still have the best home record in the majors at 17-6.
Phillies third baseman Cody Asche committed an error in the eighth when he dropped a pop foul hit by Saltalamacchia. On the next pitch, Saltalamacchia hit an RBI single to cut the Phils’ lead to 6-4.
That put runners at first and third with none out, but Mike Adams retired the next three batters.
Phillies center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. made a running back-to-the-plate catch near the 418-foot sign to rob the Marlins of a run in the fourth.
Burnett doubled with two out in the fifth and scored on Rollins’ sixth homer to put the Phils up 4-3. The Phils scored twice in the first on a run-scoring double by Ryan Howard and an RBI groundout by Marlon Byrd.
Burnett threw 35 pitches in the first and gave up two runs. Casey McGehee hit an RBI single, and Marcell Ozuna walked on a two-out, 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded.
Miami took its only lead in the third when Jones doubled home a run for one of his four hits.
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