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Phils, Marlins begin series in South Beach

Aug 13, 2012 - 2:55 PM (Sports Network) - There were high expectations for the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins heading into the 2012 season, but both teams took a turn for the worse and occupy the last two spots in the National League East.

Philadelphia is just a half-game ahead of the basement-dwelling Marlins and went 5-4 on a recent homestand, culminating with Sunday's 8-7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. Juan Pierre legged out an infield single to score Jimmy Rollins with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning.

"I didn't have a particularly good day at the plate," Pierre said. "I went old school wiffle ball on them. I didn't feel good all day, but the one thing you can do is fight, and I just battled."

Erik Kratz had a huge three-run home run to tie the game in the eighth inning and Ryan Howard homered in the win. Vance Worley didn't record a decision and allowed four runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings and reliever Jeremy Horst collected the win by striking out three in two scoreless innings of relief.

The Phillies will begin a seven-game road trip this evening against the Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers, and hope Cole Hamels can stay on track when he toes the rubber Monday at Marlins Park. Hamels was 1-3 in his past seven starts before finding his old form in a 3-0 win versus Atlanta last Tuesday. He fanned five batters and allowed five hits in going the distance, improving to 12-6 with a 3.08 ERA in 22 starts.

Philadelphia was 1-6 before Hamels' gem. The left-hander has lost all three of his starts to the Marlins this season and is 6-10 with a 3.68 ERA in 22 career starts against them.

Miami has dropped three of four games and suffered a 500 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in south Florida.

Wade LeBlanc was dealt the hard-luck loss for allowing a run in seven innings of work and reliever Heath Bell gave up four runs in just one-third of an inning.

"The game went from a very good game to a very bad game in one inning," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said of the eighth inning.

Jose Reyes and Nick Green provided the hits for Miami, which was outhit by a 12-2 margin and struck out 11 times. Reyes broke Chris Capuano's no-hitter with a one-out single in the seventh.

The Marlins will send Nathan Eovaldi to the hill for his fourth start in a Miami uniform. Eovaldi was acquired from the Dodgers in a deal that sent Hanley Ramirez west and is 2-1 with a 5.11 earned run average in three starts with the Fish. He threw five scoreless innings in a 13-0 win over the New York Mets last Wednesday, and is 3-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 13 total starts this season.

Eovaldi, a right-hander, faced the Phillies for the first time in his career during a 3-2 loss on July 16 and gave up three runs and six hits over five innings.

Miami is 6-3 against the Phillies this season and has won the last five matchups between the two NL East foes.

    MIAMI: 0

    Aug 13 10:01 PM

  • Erik Kratz sacrifice fly to center scored Domonic Brown with two out. On the play, John Mayberry advances to third. Runners on first and third with Cole Hamels due up.

    Phillies 4, Marlins 0  Top 7, 2 OutsAug 13 9:16 PM

  • Juan Pierre triple to right scored Jimmy Rollins with two out. Runner on third and Chase Utley due up.

    Phillies 3, Marlins 0  Top 4, 2 OutsAug 13 8:25 PM

  • John Mayberry reached first on Greg Dobbs's fielding error scoring Juan Pierre with two out. On the play, Ryan Howard advances to second and Chase Utley advances to third. Bases loaded with Kevin Frandsen due up.

    Phillies 2, Marlins 0  Top 3, 2 OutsAug 13 8:08 PM

  • Ryan Howard walked. Bases loaded with one out and Domonic Brown due up.

    Phillies 1, Marlins 0  Top 3, 1 OutAug 13 8:02 PM

    MIAMI: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Aug 13 7:11 PM
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