On a night that started out positive, the Marlins were not able to keep a lead once again. The absence of both of Miami's all-stars was evident, as both defensive and offensive play suffered. With Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton out, the rest of the club will need to step up, as quality starts must begin to lead to victories for the Fish.
Jose Fernandez came through with another quality start, although his efforts resulted in a no-decision. He pitched six innings, allowing two runs off four hits, striking out six Philadelphia batters. His performance raised his ERA from a 2.08 to 2.37, although his Marlins were only down 2-1 after he exited the game. Fernandez only reached 70 pitches, 48 of which were strikes.
Adam Morgan pitched his way to a Phillies' victory, even though it will go down as a no-decision for Morgan, as well. He went 6.1 innings strong, allowing two runs off four hits, walking three and fanning three. Morgan also provided an offensive spark, which will be further discussed.
The scoring began in the top of the fourth, when Justin Bour hit a single to center, scoring Adeiny Hechavarria, who also reached base on a single. Casey McGehee would advance to second on Bour's RBI single, after getting to first on a walk.
The first runs for the Phillies came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Starting pitcher Adam Morgan hit a double to left to lead off the inning. The next batter, Ben Revere, would also single, advancing Morgan to third. Ben Revere would reach second and Cesar Hernandez would reach first on a throwing error by Bour at first base. With the bases loaded, Maikel Franco would ground into a double play, allowing Morgan to score a run from third. Ben Revere would be the next to score, thanks to a Ryan Howard single to left.
In the next frame, the Marlins struck back on a Cole Gillespie RBI double to left field, scoring J.T. Realmuto. Miami was unable to capitalize on the opportunities of the inning, keeping the score tied.
In the bottom of the eighth, a fielding error by Cole Gillespie in center field would score Odubel Herrera from second, while allowing Hernandez and Franco to reach third and second, respectively. After a Ryan Howard signature strikeout, Jeff Francoeur would pinch-hit for Cody Asche. With runners on second and third, Francoeur would hit a three-run home run to left center field. This three-run blast increased the Phillies lead to 6-2.
The Marlins would make it interesting in the top of the ninth. After a Bour ground out, J.T. Realmuto hit a solo homer to left, closing the gap to 6-3. After Ichiro singled, no more offense would surface for the Fish, and they would drop their first game back from the All-star break.