Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Marlins 5


MIAMI -- A hitter with a batting average well below .200 and another who was not deemed good enough to be in the starting lineup were the Phillies' heroes on Sunday afternoon.

Tyler Goeddel, now batting .158, and pinch-hitter Andres Blanco slugged consecutive RBI doubles with two outs in the eighth inning, helping the Phillies rally past the Miami Marlins, 6-5, Sunday at Marlins Park for their fourth series win in their last five.

It was the second game in a row the Phillies entered the eighth inning trailing but rallied to win. They scored three runs in the eighth Saturday night and two in the same frame Sunday.

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Before Saturday's Miami meltdown, the Marlins' bullpen had strung together 15⅔ scoreless innings since Tuesday.

The Phillies (18-14) took two of three games in their weekend series against Miami (16-14), moving ahead of the Marlins and into third place in the NL East.

Hector Neris (1-1) earned the win with 1⅔ scoreless innings of relief work. Reliever David Phelps (2-2) took the loss.

Jeanmar Gomez earned his 11th save with a scoreless ninth, striking out dangerous pinch hitter Giancarlo Stanton in the process.

Close call
Phillies starter Aaron Nola escaped injury in the fourth inning when Miami's Christian Yelich smashed a line drive in between Nola's legs. Nola did not escape damage of another kind, as Miami scored three runs in that inning.

Nola, who got a no-decision, went six innings, allowing six hits, one walk and three runs. He struck out five. His scoreless inning streak reached 23 innings before ending in the fourth.

Early futility
Cesar Hernandez led off the fourth with a triple to right-center. But he was stranded when Maikel Franco grounded out to third, Cameron Rupp grounded out to the pitcher and Darin Ruf hit a deep drive that Marcell Ozuna caught up against the fence in center field.

In the fifth, with runners on second and third and two outs, Odubel Herrera hit a smash to third base. Unfortunately for the Phils, Martin Prado made a short-hop, backhand stab and threw Herrera out at first.

Web gems
In the first inning, Goeddel made a diving catch in left field, taking a hit away from Miami's Martin Prado.

In the next inning, the Phillies got more stellar defense. With two outs and Ozuna at second, Hernandez saved a run when he ranged far to his right to field a grounder, throwing J.T. Realmuto out at first. Had the ball gotten through, Ozuna likely would have scored.

Up next
The Phillies head to Atlanta to begin a three-game series Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. Left-handed pitcher Adam Morgan (0-0, 6.00) will oppose Braves righty Matt Wisler (1-2, 3.24)

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