After being swept by the Nationals, the Miami Marlins were able to bounce back and defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 in the first game of a three game series on Tuesday night. The Marlins, who are 4-9 over their last 13 games, were able to provide enough support for Henderson Alvarez, who had another solid night on the mound.
In a rematch of a matchup in Philadelphia last week, Alvarez came out on top of Cole Hamels, tossing seven and two third shutout innings while walking one and striking out a pair.
Miami first got to Hamels in the bottom of the fourth, when Casey McGehee, Jeff Baker, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia opened the frame with singles before an Ed Lucas RBI single to center field gave the Marlins a one run edge.
Hamels was able to prevent a big inning, but the Marlins were able to add on to their lead in the fifth. Christian Yelich doubled to open the inning, and after a Donovan Solano sacrifice bunt got him to third base, Yelich scored on a Casey McGehee sacrifice fly to give the Marlins a two run lead that would not be lost.
Mike Dunn recorded the final out of the eighth inning, and Steve Cishek worked around a pair of singles with no outs to save the game and end the Marlins' four game losing streak.
Hero of The Game: Henderson Alvarez (+.406 WPA)
Goat of The Game: Donovan Solano (-.035 WPA)
Play of The Game: Ed Lucas singled in the fourth, allowing Jeff Baker to score. (+.134 WPA)