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Stanton's homers not enough in sixth straight loss

Two-run shot in seventh ties it, but Miami strands 12, falls on walk-off

PHILADELPHIA -- Giancarlo Stanton put on a power show, belting two home runs and literally carrying his team back into the game on Saturday night. But the Marlins needed additional support to complete the comeback.

They never received it.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Giancarlo Stanton put on a power show, belting two home runs and literally carrying his team back into the game on Saturday night. But the Marlins needed additional support to complete the comeback.

They never received it.

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The decisive home run blow ultimately was delivered by Jimmy Rollins, who belted a two-out, walk-off shot off Dan Jennings in the 10th inning that lifted the Phillies to a 5-4 win over Miami at Citizens Bank Park.

"It was a breaking ball up in the zone," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "It just sped him up. It was right into his bat speed."

Rollins, on a 2-2 pitch, had just enough distance to put the ball into the seats in left, adding to the Marlins' misery. Miami has now dropped six straight, including all five on the road trip. It was a game in which numerous chances slipped away. Despite collecting 13 hits, the Marlins went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base.

"We've got to be better with that," Redmond said of hitting with men on base. "Right now, that's where we're at. If we make a mistake, it really costs us. Every mistake we make seems to come back to cost us."

Rollins celebrated his second career walk-off homer, with his other off Cleveland's Kerry Wood on June 23, 2010. Left fielder Christian Yelich initially thought he had enough room to make a play on the long fly. But that homer, like so many other close calls in the game, went in the Phillies' favor.

"I thought I had chance the whole way running over there," Yelich said. "I thought maybe it was going to stay in. It was a real close play. Once I got to the wall, I knew I was out of room. That was it."

On the frustrating night, the Marlins even had a replay review go against them. A Phillies challenge proved big in the second inning, as a Marcell Ozuna safe call at second base was overturned, wiping two runs off the board for Miami.

"That review play, that would have been big, obviously," Yelich said. "We went to extra innings. But we'll be all right. Things will turn around soon enough."

The Marlins rallied from three runs down, and boosted by a pair of Stanton home runs, pulled even in the seventh. Stanton posted his 10th career two-homer game, with the most recent being on Sept. 13, 2013, at the Mets.

"I was happy with the way we clawed back," Redmond said. "We don't give up. Stanton had some great swings."

The two drives by Stanton also picked up Miami right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings while striking out five. Eovaldi recovered nicely after a slow start, retiring 11 straight in one stretch.

"We had a chance in like every inning," Eovaldi said. "We were in the ballgame all the way to the end."

Stanton provided a wow moment in the fifth inning with his towering home run to center, with the ball landing on the concourse, bouncing in the direction of the Tony Luke's concession stand. The solo shot off Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone was estimated by the Phillies at 470 feet. According to ESPN Stats & Info, which has their own charting system, the ball traveled 469 feet.

"He's a guy that definitely has our attention," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "You really have to mix up the pitches and be smart. You have to really see what he's doing swing by swing. He has plate coverage and power to all fields, and when he gets a pitch, it goes a long way."

Stanton's second drive of the night didn't go as far, but it had a bigger impact. Off Justin De Fratus, the slugger screamed a liner into the seats in left for a two-run homer that made it 4-4. The pitch before, Ozuna extended his hitting streak to seven straight games with a single to left.

Like they did off Jose Fernandez on Friday night, the Phillies jumped on fastballs in the first inning off Eovaldi. The first three batters each hit the ball hard. Tony Gwynn Jr. doubled off the wall in right to open the inning. Rollins slapped an RBI single to center, and Chase Utley's run-scoring double put Miami in an early deficit.

"The hits they were getting were pitches up, middle," Eovaldi said. "I really wasn't locating too well. Not too many first-pitch strikes. But after the third inning, I finally started to settle down, locating the pitches down. I was moving it in and out, mixing the offspeed pitches."

The Marlins chipped back with a run in the second inning, and they nearly added two more. But a successful replay challenge by Sandberg saved his team from falling behind.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked to open the inning, and Adeiny Hechavarria singled with one out. With two outs, Yelich legged out an infield single to load the bases. Ozuna, with the count full, tapped to shortstop. Rollins' throw to Ryan Howard at first was a little low, and Howard was unable to hold on. The error, which was charged to Howard, allowed a run to score.

Miami had the chance to do more damage, as Stanton batted with the bases loaded. On a 3-0 pitch, Stanton bounced a grounder up the middle. Utley made the play behind the bag and flipped to Rollins for the force at second. In a bang-bang play, second-base umpire Gary Cederstrom ruled Ozuna safe.

"I really think I touched it," Ozuna said. "But it's OK."

Sandberg challenged, and after a two-minute, 27-second review, the call was overturned. Hechavarria and Yelich had crossed the plate, so instead of a 3-2 lead, the Marlins were left with a 2-1 deficit.

The review was a huge swing, because in the third inning, the Phillies tacked on two more runs to claim a 4-1 lead. Again, it was the top of the order that did the damage. Gwynn singled and scored on Utley's one-out double. Howard bounced an RBI single to right.

"It ended up potentially costing us a couple of runs, really," Redmond said. "It looked close. It just looked like [Ozuna], for whatever reason, slid towards the back of the base, instead of the front part of the base. If he slides straight into the base, he is safe and we score two runs. That just seems to be the rut that we're in right now."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro.

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