The Phillies watched their losing streak stretch to five games as they lost their three-game series to theMiami Marlins this weekend.
Jerome Williams took the mound for Philadelphia as he faced Tom Koehler of the Marlins. Both pitchers went five complete innings and each notched a no-decision as they exited the game with the score tied 3-3. Those Phillies runs were all off of the bat of Chase Utley as he hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning. The score stayed tied until the ninth inning when Marcell Ozuna hit a game winning double off of Ken Giles giving the Marlins the 4-3 walk-off victory. This was not a typical walk-off as the play had to be reviewed by the crew chief. Giancarlos Stanton was eventually ruled safe at home on the play. This was the first loss of the season for Giles.
Saturday was not much kinder to Philadelphia. The Phillies were shut out by Dan Haren and the Marlins, 7-0. Cole Hamels took the loss and has a 1-3 record this season with a 4.14 ERA. Hamels was responsible for giving up six of the seven runs. Papelbon pitched the nineth inning to get some work in, pitching a scoreless frame. This was the fifth straight loss for the Phillies.
The losing streak luckily stopped at five games as Severino Gonzalez recorded his first Major League win and contributed to the 6-2 win against Miami. Ryan Howard gave the ball club the lead that they would not concede with his 21st career triple. Howard had 4 RBI and went 2-4 at the plate. The Phillies bullpen looked strong as De Fratus, Garcia, Giles, and Papelbon held the Marlins scoreless in their five innings pitched.
The Phillies head to Atlanta for another NL East division showdown with the first game tomorrow at 7:10 PM.