PHILADELPHIA -- When Justin Bour's game-tying home run landed in the center-field bushes, the crowd of 42,343 at Citizens Bank Park fell silent. Their stopper, Seranthony Dominguez, had let the Marlins' rally live on.The rally wound down without further damage, but Asdrubal Cabrera caught onto the theme in the eighth
PHILADELPHIA -- When Justin Bour's game-tying home run landed in the center-field bushes, the crowd of 42,343 at Citizens Bank Park fell silent. Their stopper, Seranthony Dominguez, had let the Marlins' rally live on.
The rally wound down without further damage, but Asdrubal Cabrera caught onto the theme in the eighth and clobbered a second-deck home run off Drew Steckenrider to send the Marlins back to Miami with as many wins as they had when they left for a six-game road trip last week.
"It started in the spot I wanted to start it," Steckenrider said. "It just didn't do anything and ran right into his barrel."
Despite hanging around with the division-leading Phillies for most of a four-game series, the Marlins will need a win on Monday to avoid a seven-game losing streak and falling 21 games below .500 -- both of which would be season worsts.
It seemed, albeit for a fleeting moment, that Bour's solo shot -- which followed Derek Dietrich's two-run homer that put Miami on the board -- would be enough to pull them out of a funk. The Marlins chipped away at Aaron Nola, who, in allowing six hits while striking out two, was not at his best, but could not break through to take advantage of the ace out of form.
Miami collected three more hits than the Phillies. But singles in four of the first five innings did not result in anyone crossing home plate. The long ball helped late, but a lack of hits when they were needed most -- with the bases stocked with potential runs -- never came.
"That's exactly what we're trying to do," shortstop Miguel Rojas said of a more small-ball approach. "We're trying to go up to the plate and have a good approach."
The Phillies, on the other hand, had their newly acquired shortstop collect four bases with a single swing in just the right spot.
"That's really the difference, right?" Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "You gotta make the big play or get the big hit or get the big out. We just didn't get them this series."
All but one of the Marlins' nine runs in Philadelphia came via a home run. Bour went deep three times to bring his season total to 19. The reliance on the long ball is not a sustainable approach, and the Marlins know it. Their 19 runners left on base in the series are the reason why.
"I didn't think we swung the bats very good here in general," Mattingly said. "But you gotta give [The Phillies] credit. They've got good young arms over there that are power stuff.
"But I think we're in a little bit of a stretch. I think we're better than this."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Tiebreaker: The game entered the bottom of the sixth in a scoreless tie. Marlins right-hander Dan Straily, who allowed just one hit but issued five walks, walked two of the first three batters. Mattingly opted for Adam Conley, who proceeded to allow another walk and two RBI singles, including a two-strike slap from Odubel Herrera that knocked in two runs and gave the Phillies their initial lead.
"Obviously, you don't want to walk people," Straily said, "but at the end of it, I got away with [three] of them and two of them hurt me. That's baseball."
So close: The Marlins nearly got the extra-base hit they needed when, with two on and two out, John Holaday slapped a grounder down the third-base line. But Maikel Franco was able to take a few steps to his right, snag the ball in and throw to first, possibly saving a two-run double.
"They're playing good defense," Rojas said. "What can you do when that happens? You have no other choice but trying to keep swinging. That's it."
Brian Anderson posted his 37th multi-hit game of the season by collecting three singles. Entering Sunday, the Yankees' Miguel Andujar was the only other rookie with more than 30 multi-hit games (32).
HE SAID IT
"Watching the way that Pablo Lopez and Trevor Richards set the tone for starting pitchers this series -- I know that we didn't get a win this series -- but I thought they stepped up big time and really set the tone for how to go out there and attack guys. I want to give them a lot of props for that because it was really good to see the way that they handled business coming in here. It motivated me to come in here and do the exact same thing." -- Straily, on the Marlins' rookie starters
The Marlins return to Miami for a much-needed six-game homestand beginning with a 7:10 p.m. ET first pitch against the Cardinals on Monday night. Wei-Yin Chen gets the nod after having his start pushed back from Sunday because he has a 2.18 ERA at Marlins Park this season. The Cardinals will start Luke Weaver, who owns a 6-9 record and a 4.75 ERA in 22 starts.
Joe Bloss is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.