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Back home, Phillies' bats silent as usual in 4-0 loss to Marlins
PHILADELPHIA - In their cozy, hitter-friendly ballpark, the Philadelphia Phillies just can't seem to score runs.
Casey McGehee hit a two-run double, Nathan Eovaldi pitched six-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Phillies 4-0 Monday night.
Hoping to build momentum after a 5-2 road trip that featured five straight wins over Atlanta and St. Louis, the Phillies were shut out for the 10th time this season, and seventh time in their last 25 home games. They've lost three in a row after the five-game winning streak pulled them to within 3 1-2 games of first place in a mediocre NL East.
"I don't have an explanation for that," manager Ryne Sandberg said of the team's hitting problems at home. "It needs to change. A night like this is conducive for hitting, we need to do a better job at home."
Eovaldi (5-3) went 6 1-3 innings and got 12 of his 19 outs on flyballs. The right-hander hadn't won since May 26 and gave up 11 runs in his previous two starts.
Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez (3-6) allowed two runs and three hits, striking out six in six innings. Hernandez lined a single to right in the third inning for his first career hit after going 0 for 40.
"I don't care about hitting," Hernandez said. "They pay me to pitch."
Coming off a 3-7 homestand, the Marlins kicked off a four-game series with a rare win in Philadelphia. They're just 10-26 at Citizens Bank Park since 2010, including two wins in their last 10 games. The Marlins are tied with San Diego and Tampa Bay for fewest road wins this season with 13.
"Eovaldi threw the ball well," Phillies slugger Ryan Howard said. "We hit some balls pretty good but just couldn't find any ground. I don't think we were pressing. We just didn't get that hit."
The Marlins got all the runs they needed in the first inning. Derek Dietrich hit a single and Giancarlo Stanton was hit by a pitch. McGehee followed with a drive to right-centre to score both runners. Though he only has one homer out of the cleanup spot, McGehee has 46 RBIs.
McGehee has a 14-game hitting streak on the road. He's hitting .435 (27 for 62) with 10 RBIs in those games.
Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson drove in a run in the ninth on a bloop single to left. Dietrich also had an RBI single in the inning.
Eovaldi pitched out of a jam in the fourth after Cody Asche ripped a double to put runners on second and third with two outs. He retired Domonic Brown on a shallow fly to end the inning.
Eovaldi allowed one walk and has issued only five in his last seven starts, covering 45 innings.
The Marlins turned three double plays, including a nifty 6-4-3 started by Ed Lucas on a hard one-hopper in the hole by Carlos Ruiz in the eighth inning.
NOTES: Injured Phillies ace Cliff Lee will throw his third bullpen session Tuesday. Lee has been sidelined by an elbow strain since May 20. He's hoping to return before the All-Star break. ... Phillies reliever Mike Adams received a cortisone shot on his ailing right shoulder last week and hopes to return after the All-Star break. ... Former Phillies OFs Pat Burrell and Bobby Abreu (currently with the Mets) were among those who turned out to honour Jimmy Rollins during a pregame ceremony. Rollins became the club's all-time hits leader on June 14. ... LHP Andrew Heaney (0-1, 1.50) goes for the Marlins against RHP David Buchanan (3-3, 4.95) on Tuesday night.
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