- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - Vince Velasquez had a rough two innings to start the game, let out frustration in the dugout, and finished strong.

Velasquez allowed four runs in the first two innings and then pitched four scoreless frames for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday.

“I take full responsibility of giving up the lead and allowing four runs on the board so you have to figure something out, you have to change, and do whatever you have to do to prevent that,” Velasquez said. “Shutting down 10 guys was something that led me to getting the guys back in the dugout and get something going.”

After the shaky start, Velasquez was visibly frustrated and slammed his glove down in the dugout.

“There’s a lot of things you could do to get your stress out, but yeah, I could say that’s probably one of them,” Velasquez said. “It’s not my worst, though.”

Velasquez retired 10 in a row at one point. Maikel Franco homered and drove in two runs, and Peter Bourjos drove in a pair for Philadelphia, which has lost four of five.

“We had 12 hits, we just didn’t score more runs,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Miami.

“The ball that Stanton hit was a laser,” Mackanin said.

Stanton’s 10th home run of the season was a deep shot to left-center field off Hector Neris (0-1) to give the Marlins their 11th win in their last 12 games. That has been done only other time in franchise history when they won 11 of 12 in April 2009.

“It is fun watching them,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “When he hits them, there is no much doubt. Obviously, the timing was very good.”

Kyle Barraclough (2-0) earned the win by pitching a scoreless inning in relief and David Phelps came on for the ninth for his second save.

The Marlins won seven in a row before losing 14-5 at Milwaukee on May 1 and have won the first four games of their nine-game homestand to improve their record to 16-12. It is the first time the Marlins are four games over .500 since June 2014.

Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen was spotted a 4-0 lead through two innings, but allowed four runs and 11 hits over five innings and exited with the game tied.

Miami’s Christian Yelich opened the scoring with a two-run, upper-deck homer to right-center field in the first inning.

It was Yelich’s third home run in his last four games at Marlins Park after having just three homers in previous 172 home games.

J.T. Realmuto and Martin Prado had RBI singles in the second to push the Marlins’ lead to 4-0.

Franco’s RBI double, Bourjos’s two-run double, and Franco’s solo homer evened the score at 4-apiece.

“The momentum switched pretty quick,” Stanton said. “You were in total control and they come back. Usually that’s when the other team keeps it going from there. It’s good to put a hold on that.”

Stanton’s homer nearly left the ballpark with the operable wall open. The roof was also open for the third time in 13 games.

“It must carry better with the roof open,” Mattingly said. “We’re finding that out.”

It was the first meeting between the two division foes this season. The Phillies have won each of the last six season series against the Marlins.


It was announced before the game the May 30-31 games between Miami and Pittsburgh have been moved from Puerto Rico to Miami citing concerns about the Zika virus.


Marlins: 1B Justin Bour (left pinkie) made a pinch-hit appearance in the seventh inning and struck out after missing the previous two games. He could return to the starting lineup on Saturday.


Phillies RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 4.88 ERA) will start Saturday’s game against the Marlins. Hellickson allowed six runs in 5 1-3 innings in a 10-3 loss at St. Louis in his last start.

Marlins will start RHP Tom Koehler (2-3, 7.25) who gave up eight runs in 2 1-3 innings in his last outing, a 14-5 loss at Milwaukee.

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