Giancarlo Stanton skied a towering, tape-measure homer that landed onto a concourse in deep center at Citizens Bank Park known as Ashburn Alley. Adeiny Hechavarria made a leaping, twisting catch at short that brought applause from difficult-to-impress Phillies fans, who appreciate a great play when they see one.
Ed Lucas even hit a 10th-inning homer that put the Marlins on top.
But it took a tightrope act by closer Steve Cishek to preserve a 4-3 victory and end the Marlins’ four-game losing streak. Cishek worked out of a bases-loaded jam with one out to notch his 31st save and extend his streak of converting save opportunities to 26, longest in the majors and one shy of a Marlins record.
It might have been his most difficult one, though.
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The Phillies put runners at second and third with no outs to start the 10th but couldn’t manage to score, as Cishek came through.
Nathan Eovaldi returned to the mound for the Marlins for the first time since Sept. 7, after which a sore back caused him to skip his next start. Eovaldi had his fastball blazing in the upper 90s and whiffed five. But he lacked control, which hurt him in the fifth when he walked three and gave up three runs.
The Marlins trailed 3-1 in the sixth before Christian Yelich singled to start the inning and Stanton crushed an Ethan Martin pitch onto a concourse in front of a hoagie stand. ESPN Stats and Information estimated the home run at 463 foot, making it the longest hit this season by Stanton.
The home run was Stanton’s 23rd and gave him 55 RBI.
In the Phillies’ half of the sixth, Hechavarria made a highlight-reel catch, one of the best of the season by any Marlins’ player. Hechavarria leaped straight up to catch Cody Asche’s liner and came twisting down with his legs high in the air.
Hechavarria made another sensational play in the eighth inning. With the go-ahead run standing on third, Bernadina hit a hot smash into the hole between short and third. Hechavarria, diving to his right, made an outstretched grab, got to his feet and fired on to first to end the inning.
After tying Joe DiMaggio on the all-time list with 2,215 hits with a pinch-hit double Tuesday, Juan Pierre turned to Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and asked for the ball.
“I played with J. Ro and I think he knew what the ball was, so he handed it to me,” Pierre recalled, who then threw the ball into to the Marlins dugout for safekeeping.
That’s when Pierre heard a teammate (he thinks it was pitcher Tom Koehler) yell out to him.
“He said, ‘You threw a live ball. I don’t think the umpire had called timeout yet when he handed you the ball,’” Pierre said, laughing.
Once the inning ended and Pierre returned to the dugout, Placido Polanco asked him what the ball was for.
“Placido played a joke, throwing [another baseball] in the stands,” Pierre said. “I came in and he said, ‘What was that?’ I said I think I tied Joe DiMaggio. He said, ‘Oh!, You want the ball? I threw it in the stands!’ ’’
: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (4-4, 3.97 ERA) at Washington Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96), 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park.
: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (3-7, 3.51) at Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (10-7, 3.40), 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park.
: The Marlins have a chance to be spoilers when they open a four-game series against the Nationals. Washington is making a late-season thrust to grab one of the wild-card spots. The Marlins have gone 4-11 against the Nationals this season and are 0-6 at Nationals Park.