Francoeur's 2-run HR in 9th lifts Phillies past Marlins
Jul. 19, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cole Hamels may have hurt his trade value with another poor outing, but the Phillies still managed to get a win thanks to Jeff Francoeur.
Francoeur's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Philadelphia to an 8-7 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
Ryan Howard and Freddy Galvis also homered for the Phillies on a hot, muggy afternoon that felt much warmer than the game-time temperate of 93 degrees.
Hamels was roughed up for the second straight outing, giving up five runs and eight hits in three innings. The left-hander, considered to be a top candidate to be dealt at the trading deadline, gave up a career-worst nine runs in 3 1/3 innings in his last outing.
"Unfortunately, what I've done in the past week and a half hasn't been up to my standards," Hamels said.
Ichiro Suzuki had three hits and an RBI and Cole Gillespie added three hits, a double and an RBI for the Marlins, who have lost a season-high seven straight on the road.
A.J. Ramos (0-2) walked Carlos Ruiz to lead off the ninth and Francoeur hit a 1-0 pitch into the seats in left field to give the Phillies just their second sweep of the season.
"Obviously getting swept here is not exactly what we had in mind," Miami manager Dan Jennings said.
Hector Neris (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.
Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP and three-time All-Star, might have made his final home start for the Phillies. He expressed an interest in being traded prior to the season and the rebuilding Phillies reportedly have been holding out for top prospects.
However, since his last victory on May 23, Hamels is 0-4 with 5.06 ERA over nine starts. Francoeur said trade rumors could be affecting Hamels.
"It's tough when you've been in one place your whole (career) when you hear your name (in rumors) every day," Francoeur said.
Hamels, though, continued to maintain that trade speculation hasn't sidetracked him.
"If you play long enough, your name eventually is going to be involved with speculation or an actual trade," he said. "My track record speaks for itself. Sometimes you can get yourself in a rut and you have to be able to get out."
Hamels got some rare run support in this game. The Phillies had been scoreless in 46 of the last 50 1/3 innings Hamels had pitched. But they scored five runs in the second inning to take a 5-2 lead, setting the stage for Hamels to earn a win. Entering Sunday, he had been 12-1 in 20 starts since 2014 when getting three runs or more of support.
But Miami erased the lead with three runs in the third. Christian Yelich and Gillespie each had RBI singles, and Adeiny Hechavarria had an RBI double in the inning as the Marlins sent seven batters to the plate.
Hamels didn't come out for the fourth, marking his shortest outing since April 5, 2011.
"He's been an outstanding, quality starter for many years," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "I'd like to believe (trade talk) hasn't affected him. It might have a little bit but that's no excuse. I just think he's in a little bit of a rut. We'll see the Cole Hamels we've seen before. He had a couple bad starts."
Miami starter Dan Haren, who 0-4 with a 6.09 ERA in six career starts at Citizens Bank Park, settled down after allowing five runs in the second. He ended up giving up five runs and seven hits with two strikeouts and one walk in six innings.
He said pitching in Sunday's heat was difficult.
"It's one of the hottest I've ever played in. It was unhealthy out there," he said. "Luckily, I was able to string together a few zeroes, but it was nasty. For the umpires, the catchers, it's almost dangerous."
THE OTHER COLE
Gillespie tied his career-high with three hits and is hitting .395 since becoming a starter on July 1.
Marlins: 2B Miguel Rojas left after singling in the fifth inning due to stomach nausea. He was replaced by Donovan Solano. Jennings said afterward that Rojas likely would play on Monday.
Phillies: RHP Chad Billingsley saw a doctor on Sunday after experiencing right elbow soreness on Saturday night when he pitched five scoreless innings in a 3-1 win over Miami. Billingsley missed most of the last two seasons due to a pair of right elbow surgeries. He is 2-3 with a 5.84 ERA in seven starts this season.
Marlins: RHP David Phelps (4-5, 3.86) starts the opener of a three-game series at Arizona on Monday night. The Marlins are winless in four games against the Diamondbacks this season. RHP Rubby De La Rosa (6-5, 5.06) starts for Arizona.
Phillies: RHP David Buchanan (0-5, 7.58) makes his second start since returning from the DL due to a severely sprained right ankle when the Phillies host Tampa Bay on Monday night. He didn't get a decision in his last start when allowing one run on eight hits in five innings of Philadelphia's 8-5 loss at San Francisco July 11. LHP Matt Moore (1-0, 7.07) starts for the Rays.