Left field, patrolled last year by Gold Glove winner Christian Yelich, was a danger zone on Friday night.
With Yelich out due to a bruised right knee, two Marlins left fielders combined to make three errors — all of them costly — in a 7-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park.
Rookie Kendry Flores (1-2), making his first major-league start, took the loss, allowing seven hits, two walks and five runs in five innings.
Cole Gillespie, who started in left, was charged with two errors on throws to the plate. He also dove for a ball that hit him in the left wrist and was ruled a double. He left the game after five innings with a sore wrist.
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Gillespie got little help from catcher J.T. Realmuto, especially on the second throw, which bounced but could have been caught for a tag at the plate.
Derek Dietrich, who replaced Gillespie in left, was charged with an error for failing to cleanly field a bouncing base hit, leading to a run in the sixth.
Dietrich got the run back in the seventh, pulling a pitch to right field off reliever Jeanmar Gomez. It was Dietrich’s ninth homer of the season.
Offensively, the Marlins were shut down by right-hander Jerad Eickhoff, who made his major-league debut and tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just five hits.
Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria had his career-high 13-game hit streak snapped.
With the win, the Phillies, who have the worst record in the majors, pulled within two games of the Marlins in the NL East with two games to go in this weekend’s series.
▪ Saturday: Phillies RHP Aaron Harang (5-14, 4.79 ERA) at Marlins (LHP Justin Nicolino, 2-1, 4.24), 7:10 p.m.
▪ Sunday: Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (3-1, 4.41) at Marlins LHP Adam Conley (1-0, 5.82), 1:10 p.m.