MIAMI -- After the Phillies squandered numerous chances, Nick Williams delivered a two-out, two-run single in the 12th inning that lifted Philadelphia to a 3-1 win over the Marlins on Sunday at Marlins Park.The Phillies had been 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position before Williams' timely hit off Junichi Tazawa."I'm
MIAMI -- After the Phillies squandered numerous chances, Nick Williams delivered a two-out, two-run single in the 12th inning that lifted Philadelphia to a 3-1 win over the Marlins on Sunday at Marlins Park.
The Phillies had been 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position before Williams' timely hit off Junichi Tazawa.
"I'm in a good mood. To take three of four from this team, it's huge," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "Nick Williams obviously drove in those two runs, but he had a chance with first and third and he hit that hard ground ball right back at the pitcher [in the 10th]."
Miami remained five games behind the Rockies for the second National League Wild Card spot. In the 12th inning, the Marlins threatened off Hector Neris. Giancarlo Stanton walked and Christian Yelich reached on an infield single, but Neris recovered to strike out Marcell Ozuna, before Brian Anderson lifted a popup to second and Tomas Telis struck out swinging.
The Marlins were limited to just four hits, and they have now lost six of seven. Across those losses, they scored nine runs.
"You're trying to grind it out," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "You're trying to keep your guys out there as much as possible. But at some point, it catches up, the lack of depth that you have. It's hard to take Giancarlo or Marcell or Yeli out of the lineup, and give them any kind of rest, when they've swung the bat as well as they have and have been as productive as they have been."
The Phillies broke through and took a one-run lead in the fifth inning on Cesar Hernandez's RBI single off Jose Urena. But Miami responded and pulled even in the fifth. Anderson, who made his MLB debut on Friday, recorded his first big league double. With two outs, he scored on Jake Thompson's wild pitch with Miguel Rojas at the plate facing a two-strike count.
"They're a good team," Urena said. "They made some adjustments in the fifth inning."
Thompson threw six innings, allowing the one run on three hits. His seven strikeouts, five of which came against the top four hitters in the Marlins' order, established a career high. Urena allowed one run on six hits in seven innings.
"The middle of their lineup is one of the best in baseball," Thompson said. "I was fortunate enough to get ahead early and expand a little bit."
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Williams comes through in clutch: The Phillies couldn't capitalize on a first-and-third, one-out situation in the 10th inning, but they were able to take the lead in the 12th. The rally started on Daniel Nava's pinch-hit single off Tazawa. Nava showed discomfort on the swing, and he was lifted for pinch-runner Ricardo Pinto. Pinto advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ty Kelly, and Pinto took third on a passed ball. After Hernandez walked and moved to second on Freddy Galvis' groundout, Williams drove in the first runs since the fifth inning.
"Although we didn't score a lot of runs, it was a well-played game and the pitching was outstanding," said Mackanin, who noted Nava has been dealing with some back discomfort.
"Basically, our 'pen was great today," Mattingly said. "Those guys all came in, did good jobs, and gave ourselves a chance to win. The last half of that game, we had a chance to win that game."
Wild sequence in fifth: With Anderson on third and two outs, the Phillies opted to pitch to Rojas with first base open. Ichiro Suzuki was already on deck to pinch-hit for Urena, but Thompson pitched to Rojas and got ahead in the count 0-2 when he threw a slider that got away from catcher Jorge Alfaro. Anderson scored the tying run on the wild pitch, and Rojas was hit by the next pitch. The decision to face Rojas kept Urena in the game, and the Miami right-hander posted two more scoreless innings, completing his afternoon after the seventh.
"I considered it, but I chose not to. At that point in the game, my pitcher's got to get the eighth hitter out," Mackanin said. "The thing is when you do happen to walk somebody to get to the pitcher, and somehow the pitcher gets on base, eventually you have to face Stanton, which I don't want to do."
"This team is definitely really talented. I think there's been some unfortunate things [that] happen throughout the year. Even yesterday, one of our guys who was playing awesome [Pedro Florimon] goes down. Things have happened, but this team is definitely a lot better than the record [52-84] indicates." -- Thompson
"People were asking about that, '[But] we haven't accomplished anything.' Just as we got to .500, doesn't mean it's over. We have to keep going. We haven't been able to do that so far. Obviously, we have time left, but there's a sense of urgency. You need to win all of them you can. Got to flush this series and start back fresh tomorrow." -- Yelich, after Miami's record fell to 67-69
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In the eighth inning, Ichiro pinch-hit and dribbled a grounder to second to end the frame. Still, it wasn't totally uneventful, because it marked Ichiro's 84th pinch-hit at-bat of the season, establishing a Marlins high. Lenny Harris had 83 pinch-hit at-bats in 2003.
The Phillies successfully challenged a safe call on Ozuna's infield single to lead off the seventh. Third baseman Maikel Franco dove for the bouncer in the hole and the ball deflected off his glove right to Galvis, who fired a one-hopper over to first. The call was overturned, and Ozuna was ruled out after a 48-second review.
Phillies:Mark Leiter (2-4, 3.88 ERA) and the Phillies travel to New York to open a three-game series with the Mets on Monday at 1:10 p.m. ET. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA over his past three starts. Rafael Montero (3-9, 5.12 ERA) will counter for the Mets.
Marlins: The Marlins open a three-game series with the Nationals at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday at Marlins Park. Adam Conley (6-6, 5.02 ERA) starts for Miami. The lefty is 0-2 (5.73 ERA) against Washington this year. Stanton has five homers this year against Washington.
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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.
Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Phillies on Sunday.