- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Aaron Nola had nothing to show for outpitching Jose Fernandez.

Nola tossed two-hit ball over six innings but the Miami Marlins rallied off Jeanmar Gomez in the ninth and beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 in 11 innings Monday night.

Martin Prado hit a solo homer leading off the 11th off Brett Oberholtzer (2-2).

Nola struck out five and got the final two outs in the sixth after Adeiny Hechavarria ripped a line drive off his right shoulder. He said afterward he’s fine.

“I had a pretty good bullpen tonight, got ahead of guys, got grounders and pop-ups,” Nola said. “My location was better than previously, more down in the zone. I wasn’t getting quality strikes before. I was up in the zone.”

Nola was 0-4 with a 13.50 ERA in his last five starts before the All-Star break. The Phillies skipped his last turn so he had 15 days off between starts.

“It was a tough month for me,” he said. “Those two weeks were a long time. I was definitely ready to get back out there. Throwing live sessions and batting practice isn’t the same.”

Gomez was one out away from his 25th save before allowing an RBI double to Christian Yelich and tying single to Marcell Ozuna.

“Good news was Nola,” manager Pete Mackanin said. “He pitched really well. He was painting the corners. It was very encouraging.”

Fernandez tied a career-high with 14 strikeouts.

“We had too many strikeouts,” Mackanin said. “I don’t care who is pitching. That’s too many.”

A.J. Ramos finished for his 30th save in 31 tries, retiring Maikel Franco on a fly ball to the warning track in left-center to end the game.

Cody Asche prevented the Marlins from taking a lead in the 10th when he made a diving catch to rob J.T. Realmuto of a run-scoring hit with two outs and runners on first and second.

After Edubray Ramos worked the seventh and Hector Neris pitched the eighth, Gomez blew his third save.

Tommy Joseph hit Fernandez’s first pitch in the seventh out to left for his 12th homer. Odubel Herrera hit a double to start the bottom of the first and later scored on Franco’s groundout to second.


Phillies 2B Cesar Hernandez went 0 for 3, extending his hitless streak to 19 at-bats. … Phillies were 36-2 when leading after eight innings. … Phillies are 5-1 in extra innings. … Joseph has 12 homers in his first 48 games.


The Marlins (50-42) are one game ahead of the Mets for the second wild-card spot in the NL. The Phillies (43-51) fell to eight games behind Miami.


Phillies: OF Aaron Altherr had his rehab assignment transferred to Single-A Clearwater. Altherr tore a tendon in his left wrist in March. He batted .241 in 39 games last season, but 20 of is 33 hits were extra-base hits.


RHP Vince Velasquez (8-2, 3.32 ERA) starts for the Phillies on Tuesday night. RHP Jose Urena (1-1, 7.52) will make his first start this season for Miami.

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