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Utley Walks Phils Off in 14th Inning

Cole Hamels’ 2014 record is a very deceiving 2-4. His earned run average is below three at 2.84. He has gone at least seven innings in each of his last 10 starts. He has allowed more than three runs only once in that time, and reached double digit strikeouts three times. He has just two wins in those starts, two loses and six no decisions.

Hamels turned in another quality start tonight for the Phillies, going seven innings and allowing three runs on six hits and struck out seven. Hamels did make three mistakes tonight, three pitches to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna who each took him deep.

The Phillies got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, when Chase Utley & Ryan Howard started the inning with singles. After a Marlon Byrd pop up, Cody Asche singled to right to load the bases for Carlos Ruiz. Chooch would hit a sacrifice fly to left field to cut the Marlin lead at that point to 2-1.

The Phils tied the game at two in the bottom of the fifth, when Ben Revere singled with one out. After stealing second, he advanced to third on a groundout by Jimmy Rollins. Utley then singled Revere home for the second run.

Hamels would allow the home run to Ozuna in the top of the seventh to briefly put the Marlins ahead 3-2. In the bottom of the inning, Dom Brown led off with a single. He was sacrificed to second by Tony Gwynn, and then Brown reached third on a groundout by Revere. Rollins then stepped up with two outs, and hit a hard grounder to Jeff Baker at first. Baker knocked it down, but could not corral the ball in time to throw out Rollins. Brown would score on the play to tie the game 3-3, and get Hamels off the hook for the loss.

Jake Diekman would come on in the eighth, and got two outs before allowing a single to Baker and a walk to Stanton. A wild pitch then moved the runners to second and third. Ryne Sandberg then elected to walk Case McGehee intentionally to face Ozuna. Diekman blew Ozuna away on a 2-2, 99 mile-per-hour fastball. Jonathan Papelbon came in for a 10 pitch ninth inning.

The game would drag on four five more innings to the bottom of the 14th inning. Rollins led off with an infield single, and Utley then sent the fireworks off early with a two run walk-off home run. The Phillies’ bullpen was stellar once again, combining for seven innings of shutout ball.

The Phillies earned a series split with the Marlins and will face the Atlanta Braves tomorrow night at The Bank.

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