MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Lee’s game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 win over Philadelphia and eliminated the Phillies from playoff contention Friday night.
The Phillies overcame a horrible first half and came from way behind to get within three games of St. Louis for the second wild card spot. But they lost five of the next six to fall out of the chase.
Bryan Petersen began the ninth with a double to right field off Josh Lindblom (3-4). Jose Reyes grounded out and Giancarlo Stanton was intentionally walked setting up the at-bat with Lee. Lee lined a single to left-center field scoring Petersen from second as Laynce Nix’s throw to home was off-line.
Steve Cishek (5-2) pitched one inning in relief for the win.
Stanton hit his 35th home run for the Marlins in his return after missing the previous nine games with an oblique strain.
With Miami holding a 1-0 lead, John Mayberry led off the eighth with a double to left off Buehrle for the Phillies. Buehrle retired the next two batters, but could not escape unscathed as Jimmy Rollins drove in Mayberry with a line drive base hit to left to tie the game 1-1.
Buehrle pitched eight innings allowing one run and six hits. He struck out eight.
Phillies starter Cliff Lee allowed one run and three hits in seven innings while striking out five and not allowing a walk. He is 4-1 with a 1.07 ERA in his last seven starts.
The Phillies recorded three singles in the second inning, but Buehrle got out of the jam when Ty Wiggington over-ran third base and was thrown out by Donovan Solano following an infield single by Michael Martinez.
After the baserunning miscue by Wiggington, Buehrle retired the next 14 batters in a row.
Stanton’s solo home run, estimated at 419 feet, off Lee in the fourth gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead.