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Up & Down Phils Fall Again

The Phillies snapped a three game losing streak last night and looked to start a winning streak tonight. What they did was fall behind and fail to overcome an early deficit, something that has become all too familiar with Phillies fans.

A.J. Burnett took the mound on the heels of a complete game his last time out where he allowed one run on seven hits. He pitched well for the most part tonight, but was not helped by a misjudgment on the part of Domonic Brown. With one out in the fourth inning, Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee each singled to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, Marcell Ozuna hit a line drive to Brown in left field.

Brown broke in on the ball, but the ball had more carry on it than he thought. Brown leaped in vain to try and catch it, but the ball went over his glove. Stanton scored, and the Marlins led 1-0. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would bat next, and he doubled to left center-field to bring McGehee and Ozuna home for a

The Phillies would threaten in the bottom of the fifth with a bases loaded, one out chance. Ben Revere reached on an error, Jimmy Rollins singled and Carlos Ruiz got hit by a pitch.

That brought Chase Utley to the plate with one out, and he launched a fly ball to deep center-field. The ball fell a few feet shy of a grand slam, and was caught in front of the fence by Jake Marisnick. Revere scored from third to make it 3-1, but the Phillies were that close to taking the lead.

They scored again in the sixth when Marlon Byrd led off with a single. After reaching second, Byrd scored on a single by Ryan Howard to cut the deficit to one at 3-2. That would be all for the Phillies’ offense on this night.

Burnett turned in a quality start tonight, finishing with eight strikeouts and three runs allowed on five hits in seven innings. The Phillies could not overcome the fourth inning and have now lost four out of their last five games. They outhit the Marlins seven to six, but failed to outscore them. They went 2-11 with runners in scoring position, and left eight men on base.

Cody Asche was held hit-less for the first time since returning from the disabled list, going 0-4 tonight. Asche’s recent hot streak bumped his average up to .266 for the season.

The Phillies are now 35-42, and find themselves in last place in the National League East. They will look to earn a series split with the Marlins tomorrow at The Bank. Cole Hamels takes the mound for the Phillies against Tim Koehler for Miami.

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