Miami Marlins

Marlins blow early four-run lead, lose 5-4 to the Phillies

Miami Marlins’ JT Riddle is tagged out by Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Carlos Santana after falling on an attempt to steal third base during the second inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 15, 2018 in Philadelphia.
Miami Marlins’ JT Riddle is tagged out by Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Carlos Santana after falling on an attempt to steal third base during the second inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 15, 2018 in Philadelphia. Getty Images

Jarlin Garcia was perfect on Saturday. Too bad it was for only one inning.

Garcia became the first pitcher in Marlins history to complete a start of at least one inning and retire every batter he faced.

For the Marlins, unfortunately, games go nine innings and Garcia was long gone by the time the Phillies rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Miami, 5-4.

The loss for the Marlins was their fifth straight. They have lost seven of eight games on a road trip that will finally end Sunday. For the Phillies, the victory gave them their first series win since early August.

Due to a number of circumstances -- Dan Straily’s injury, rain delays and doubleheaders -- manager Don Mattingly was forced to go with Garcia as his starter and use the rest of his bullpen to fill up the other innings. The Marlins used six pitchers. The Phillies used eight.

“This is one of those games that it’s really only in September (with expanded rosters) when you can have a game like that,” Mattingly said. “There’s no way where you can do that during the season. What we did today, and really what they ended up doing, too, is something that really only happens in September and, quite honest, shouldn’t be able to happen. It’s too many guys. It’s not really regular baseball.”

Garcia pitched a perfect first inning but came out in the second for a pinch-hitter.

JT Riddle highlighted a four-run second inning for the Marlins. But the Phillies came up with two unearned runs on an Austin Dean error in the second and took the lead in the fifth on Cesar Hernandez’s three-run homer off Drew Rucinski.

“It looked like he made a nice little turn on that ball and did exactly what you want,” Mattingly said of Dean’s miscue, when he failed to come up with the catch on Carlos Santana’s fly ball to left. “It looked like he must missed it, more than anything.”

The Marlins are now 18-19 in one-run games.

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