The Miami Marlins entered Saturday night's contest against the Philadelphia Phillies hoping to end a five game losing streak. Instead, the Marlins lost their sixth straight after Jimmy Rollins hit a tenth inning walk-off home run in a 5-4 Philadelphia victory.
Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi, looking to bounce back from a loss to San Diego last Sunday, struggled early. Tony Gwynn singled to open the game, and Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley RBI base hits gave the Phillies an early 2-0 edge.
Eovaldi was troubled by the same part of the order in the third, and Philadelphia added two more to increase their lead to 4-0. The Phillies took advantage of several high fastballs, and Eovaldi had difficulty throwing his secondary pitches for strikes.
Despite getting into early trouble, 70 out of 100 Eovaldi pitches were strikes, and Eovaldi retired eleven straight before he exited. In six and a third innings, Eovaldi struck out five Phillies.
Marcell Ozuna singled to open the seventh, and Stanton followed with his second home run of the night to tie the game at four.
A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn, and Carlos Marmol all pitched scoreless innings in relief, but Dan Jennings couldn't continue the bullpen's success and gave up a two-out home run to Jimmy Rollins to give the Phillies a series-clinching victory.
Miami had several opportunities to score runs, but couldn't capitalize. The Marlins were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.
Having lost every game of the current road trip, the Marlins will look to salvage the final game of the series on Sunday afternoon.
Hero of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (.240 WPA)
Goat of The Game: Dan Jennings (-.365 WPA)
Play of the Game: Jimmy Rollins homered in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Phillies a 5-4 victory. (.466 WPA).