"I wish it would have finished a little better," Phelps said. "We go out and put up some runs. That leadoff hitter is a big out I have to get. I made a good pitch and he made a good swing on it."
The Marlins snapped a scoreless game with three runs in the sixth inning. Phelps opened the seventh by allowing a single to Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The right-hander got a hard ground ball from Anthony Recker. If handled, it could have led to a double play. But third baseman Martin Prado wasn't able to hold on to the hot shot that was ruled a single.
A.J. Ramos entered in relief, and he immediately got a boost from second baseman Dee Gordon, who robbed pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores with a leaping catch. Curtis Granderson singled off Ramos, loading the bases, and Juan Lagares tied it with a three-run double.
Phelps settled for a no-decision on a night he allowed two runs and seven hits with four strikeouts in six-plus innings.
His strong outing came after he threw seven shutout innings in Philadelphia on Thursday.
"[I'm] trusting my stuff and almost making them hit it," said Phelps of his recent success. "We have amazing infield defense and our outfield can run down a lot of balls, too. In this park, it's about staying over the plate, down in the zone and letting them put it in play."