The pitcher with the worst run support in the majors couldn’t get enough help yet again.
Ricky Nolasco, limited to five runs of support for the entire month of May, got an early two-run cushion Tuesday night and looked poised to win for only the second time since the end of April. He had a one-hit shutout heading into the seventh.
But it all slipped away as the Phillies rallied for a 7-3, come-from-behind, walk-off win over the Marlins in 11 innings in front of a crowd of 38,932 at Citizens Bank Park.
John Mayberry Jr. was the hero. He hit two home runs in extra innings—- one to tie it in the 10th off Steve Cishek and a grand slam off rookie Edgar Olmos to win it in the 11th. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Mayberry is the first player in MLB history to hit two extra-inning homers in one game.
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“Those guys kept fighting back and fighting back,” Nolasco said. “This ballpark is dangerous. We saw that very well [Monday night]. The game is never over in this stadium.”
The Marlins had a 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the 10th. Juan Pierre drew a nine-pitch walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third before scoring on a wild pitch from reliever Antonio Bastardo.
But Mayberry wiped that lead away moments later when he crushed a solo home run to center field on a 2-2 pitch from Cishek to open the bottom half of the frame. It was Cishek’s second blown save in seven chances this season.
Mayberry’s second homer — his first career grand slam and first walk-off homer — just cleared the wall in left.
“I threw him four straight heaters and I just tried to put him away with a slider and it just backed up on me,” Cishek said. “I didn’t get away with it. He got all of it. It was a big momentum shift there for them and it just sucks for us.”
The Marlins, who had their season-long, three-game winning streak snapped Monday night after blowing a 2-0 lead, again grabbed the early lead Tuesday.
Marcell Ozuna led off the second with a double, moved to third on a Derek Dietrich single and scored on Casey Kotchman’s groundout to second. In the fifth, Rob Brantly’s softly hit single over the head of third baseman Michael Young drove in Adeiny Hechavarria from second.
The Marlins had chances to put up a few more runs on Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone in the fifth after loading the bases with one out. But he escaped, getting Chris Coghlan, who had his 10-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-5 night, to pop out to third and Ozuna to fly out to center.
In the eighth, the Marlins put runners on second and third with two outs against reliever Mike Adams. But Kotchman’s bouncer up the middle was backhanded on a slide by second baseman Freddy Galvis, who sprung up and easily retired him with a quick throw to first.
“We had it lined up perfect,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “Their offense they pretty much put the ball in the seats at will.
“That’s something we’re not able to do.”
Nolasco retired the first 10 hitters he faced before Young reached on a one-out infield single in the fourth. Dietrich made a nice play at second to get to the grounder up the middle, but couldn’t hold on to it and attempt a throw to first.
Young then stole second. But he didn’t move from there. With two outs, Nolasco got the red-hot Dominic Brown to pop out to shortstop, ending the Phillies’ threat.
It wasn’t until the seventh that the Phillies finally got to Nolasco.
Ryan Howard roped a double in the gap to start the frame. After Nolasco struck out Brown, Delmon Young doubled home Howard with a liner off the center field wall. Nolasco appeared like he was going to escape with a 2-1 lead after he struck out Galvis swinging for the second out. But after trotting in from the bullpen to pinch-hit, Erik Kratz drilled a 1-1 pitch off the top of the right field wall to tie the score.
“Things were going good and I made a bad pitch there to Delmon Young, hung a slider there and did a good job,” Nolasco said.
“I thought the ballpark got me [Monday]. I thought I made a good pitch to Kratz — a little up. I thought it was just a regular out, but the ball was flying out well.”