- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - With one of the league’s worst offenses, the Philadelphia Phillies have enough trouble winning games without helping their opponents.

But Philadelphia gave the Miami Marlins plenty of assistance on Wednesday, making three mistakes that resulted in five unearned runs in a 6-1 loss.

Adeiny Hechavarria had a pair of hits and scored the go-ahead run and Miami took advantage of Philadelphia’s sloppy play to end a five-game losing streak.

“We didn’t do too much right tonight,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “When you’re not putting some runs on the board, every little thing adds up and becomes a big thing.”

The Marlins took the lead in the seventh. Hechavarria scored from third when Luis Garcia (1-1) balked while trying to hold the speedy Dee Gordon on first. It was the first run Garcia has given up in eight innings of relief this season.

And the Phillies’ defense struggled in the eighth when the Marlins scored four unearned runs with help from two Philadelphia fielding miscues.

With two outs in the eighth, Ichiro Suzuki and Hechavarria both singled. Then Chase Utley dropped a routine throw to second on what could have been the third out, loading the bases for Gordon.

“It looked like he took his eye off it or anticipated he already caught it,” Sandberg said. “Everything snowballed in the eighth inning.”

Center fielder Odubel Herrera then took an awkward path to Gordon’s drive to deep center, running with his back to home plate before spinning around close to the warning track and dropping the ball. All three runs scored, giving Miami a 5-1 lead.

Martin Prado followed with Miami’s only RBI, lining a double down the left-field line to score Gordon and put the Marlins 6-1.

Cody Asche homered for the Phillies.

Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels remained winless through four starts after allowing an unearned run and five hits in six innings. Hamels lowered his season ERA to 3.75, but received low run support. He struck out five and walked three.

“Hamels really hung in there,” Sandberg said. “Just not quite crisp in getting some outs, some prolonged at-bats. He battled and hung in there and gave us a chance to win.”

The Marlins got their lone run off Hamels in the second when Marcell Ozuna scored from third when Hamels mishandled Utley’s throw to first on Jarred Cosart’s grounder that could’ve been the third out of the inning.

“Chase gave me a great throw and I wasn’t able to catch it,” Hamels said. “That was all on me.”

Philadelphia tied it in the bottom half.

Asche, who entered with a team-best .341 average, continued his strong start by leading off the inning with a homer to deep right.

But the Phillies managed just three other hits off Cosart (1-1), who was impressive in his debut against the team that drafted him.


A 38th-round pick of Philadelphia in 2008, Cosart gave up one run and four hits with four strikeouts in six innings. He was traded by the Phillies to the Astros in 2011 as part of the trade that brought Hunter Pence to Philadelphia.

“It was my first game pitching here,” Cosart said. “The team that drafted you is pretty special. They gave me my first opportunity. I have no disrespect for any of them, but it’s fun. I’m happy to be on a division rival right now. We’re trying to beat everybody. It might be a little bit more special to get a win against the team that drafted you.”


Utley snapped a 0-for-21 skid with a first-inning single. He went hitless in his final three at-bats and his average stands at .120.


Marlins: LF Christian Yelich (back) missed his second straight game.

Phillies: RHP Sean O’Sullivan (knee) was placed on the 15-day DL.


Marlins: RHP David Phelps (0-0, 7.94) looks for his first win in his second start and fourth appearance of the season when Miami closes its 10-game road trip at 1:05 on Thursday against the Phillies.

Phillies: Right-handed reliever Dustin McGowan will start a bullpen-by-committee game for the Phillies. McGowan, who is replacing O’Sullivan in the rotation, is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in five relief appearances this season. He expects to be able to pitch three or four innings in Thursday’s start.

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