PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon made a lewd gesture to fans and was ejected after giving up four runs in the ninth inning during the Phillies’ 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
Papelbon (2-3) had converted 14 straight save chances since July 22 when he entered with a 4-1 lead in the ninth. Papelbon allowed five of his first six batters to reach, giving up Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s double, Kike Hernandez’s walk, Adeiny Hechavarria’s infield single, Jordany Valdespin’s RBI groundout, Christian Yelich’s run-scoring infield single and pinch-hitter Justin Bour’s tying single.
After Casey McGehee struck out, Papelbon bounced a wild pitch past catcher Carlos Ruiz as Yelich scored the go-ahead run. Papelbon retired Marcell Ozuna on an inning-ending groundout and was booed as he walked to the dugout.
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