The Marlins are turning last place into their permanent residence.
By losing Tuesday to the Phillies, the Marlins locked up the cellar in the National League East for the third consecutive year and the seventh time in team history.
They have never won their division.
The next milestone on their dreadful season: 100 losses.
The Marlins (55-96) moved one step closer to that bad benchmark with a 6-4 loss Tuesday night to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies pounded Brian Flynn with 11 hits, including Chase Utley’s second three-run homer in as many nights. His blast off Sam Dyson on Monday struck the Budweiser sign that hangs below the second deck in right. His one on Tuesday hit another billboard a little closer to center.
In his three starts since being promoted from the minors, Flynn has gone 0-2, giving up 15 earned runs in 14 innings.
The Marlins’ lone highlight Tuesday: Juan Pierre tied Joe DiMaggio on the all-time hit list with a pinch-hit double in the seventh inning. Pierre and DiMaggio each have 2,215 career hits, which ranks 175th all-time.
“Everybody knows Joe DiMaggio, what he brought to the game,” Pierre said. “Just to be mentioned in the same breath is pretty cool.”
Phillies starter Roy Halladay held Miami to a run over six innings, but the Marlins scored three off the Phillies bullpen.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he grew up playing baseball in Spokane, Wash., on Ryne Sandberg Field. With Sandberg now serving as interim manager of the Phillies, the two Spokanites had a chance to reminisce about their boyhood homes.
“What are the odds of two guys who grew up in Spokane managing two of the 30 teams in the major leagues?” Redmond said. “It’s pretty amazing.”
Placido Polanco received a loud ovation from a normally fickle crowd at Citizens Bank Park when his name was announced as he was stepping to the plate Monday. Polanco had two separate playing stops in Philadelphia and, based on their burst of applause, the fans were clearly fond of him.
“I got very emotional for a split second,” said Polanco, who acknowledged the warm reception with a brief salute.
“They’re good fans, and I had a lot of good moments here. I always appreciate the fans. We’re here because of them.”
: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (3-6, 3.80 ERA) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-13, 4.70), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.
: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (4-4, 3.97) at Washington Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (10-7, 3.40), 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park.
: After missing a start because of back soreness, Eovaldi returns to the mound to face a team that has given him trouble. Eovaldi is 0-4 with a 5.85 ERA in four career starts against the Phillies.