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Coghlan's ninth-inning single sends Miami past Philly

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MIAMI -- After struggling in his first two starts, Cole Hamels made a step in the right direction Saturday night against the Miami Marlins.

Hamels allowed one run and three hits in six innings and didn't get a decision in the Philadelphia Phillies' 2-1 loss.

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"Cole did fine," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "His stuff was real good."

Hamels, who entered with a 10.97 ERA from his first two starts, held the Marlins without a hit until the fifth inning when No. 8 hitter Adeiny Hechavarria tripled to right-center field. The two-out hit was the Marlins' first triple this season and 16th extra-base hit. Miami, which is batting .206, has a paltry .266 slugging percentage.

"Still really trying to get ahead of hitters early," said Hamels, who struck out five and walked three. "I was able to make an improvement there, but I still wasn't where I know I'm able to just get that first-pitch strike."

With Hamels out of the game, Chris Coghlan hit a game-ending single against a draw-in infield with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Marlins just their second win.

"It's huge for the morale," Coghlan said. "We've lost a lot of tight games and our record obviously shows that."

Jose Fernandez, the Marlins 20-year old phenom, pitched six scoreless innings. Miami (2-9), playing without slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the second straight day because of a bruised left shoulder, became the last team in the major leagues to win two games this season.

"It wasn't perfect, but it's nice to get a win," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "(Coghlan) was a late addition to the lineup and we talk about opportunities."

Fernandez gave Miami the lead in the fifth with an RBI single.

Placido Polanco led off the ninth with a walk against reliever Phillippe Aumont (1-1). Greg Dobbs followed with a hard-hit grounder to first baseman Kevin Frandsen, who could not make the play. The ball rolled into right field for a hit and Polanco advanced to third.

After Austin Kearns struck out, Coghlan hit a hard grounder to second baseman Chase Utley, playing on the infield grass. Utley bobbled the grounder and his throw was late to the plate as Polanco slid headfirst into home for the winning run.

"I tried to pick it clean on the in-between hop and I wasn't able to pick it clean," Utley said.

Steve Cishek (1-1) pitched the ninth.

Fernandez allowed only two hits and two walks while striking out five.

"Every time I go out there I try to enjoy it and have fun," Fernandez said. "It's fun to pitch here in Miami in front of the crowd. It was a really good feeling and I'm going to continue to enjoy it."

Fernandez then got his first big league hit, driving in the first run.

"I just threw probably the worst pitch I could throw," Hamels said.

Fernandez was pulled after six innings in favor of A.J. Ramos, who promptly allowed a base hit to Domonic Brown, the Phillies' first hit since Freddy Galvis' two-out single in the second.

Second baseman Donovan Solano tried turning the double play but his throw ended up in the stands for an error and allowed Brown to tie it 1-all.

The Phillies had an opportunity to score in the second inning. Laynce Nix and Galvis both singled with two outs, but Fernandez calmly retired Erik Kratz to get out of the inning.

"We didn't hit the kid," Manuel said. "Actually he took them to a good place in the game really. We didn't hit him. That was the bottom line. He held us and pitched good."

Notes

  • Fernandez has a 0.82 ERA in his first two starts and has struck out 13 in 11 innings.
  • Phillies RF Laynce Nix made a diving catch in the first inning to take a hit away from Polanco.
  • Marlins OF Justin Ruggiano (groin) was a late scratch to the lineup and was replaced by Coghlan. Ruggiano is considered day to day.
  • Philadelphia will send RHP Roy Halladay (0-2, 14.73 ERA) to the mound Sunday for the series finale and the Marlins will counter with RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.19 ERA).
 
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Chris Coghlan hits a game-ending single against a drawn-in Philly infield with one out in the ninth inning. (USATSI)
Chris Coghlan hits a game-ending single against a drawn-in Philly infield with one out in the ninth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Hamels
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 3
K 5
Miami

J. Fernandez
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF3000110 .222
Jimmy Rollins, SS2000213 .267
Chase Utley, 2B4000001 .286
Ryan Howard, 1B4010011 .233
    John Mayberry Jr., PR-RF0000000 .263
Domonic Brown, LF4110021 .262
Laynce Nix, RF3010011 .238
   a- Kevin Frandsen, PH-1B1000011 .400
Freddy Galvis, 3B3010100 .167
Erik Kratz, C4000002 .189
Cole Hamels, P2000010 .167
   b- Michael Young, PH1010000 .368
    Cliff Lee, PR0000000 .167
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   c- Ezequiel Carrera, PH1000000 .000
    Phillippe Aumont, P0000000 .000
Totals3215048  
a-struck out for Nix in the 8th
b-singled for Hamels in the 7th
c-lined out for Adams in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard (3, Dunn)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Galvis-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cole Hamels 6311350 7.56
Antonio Bastardo 1000010 0.00
Mike Adams 1000020 1.69
Phillippe Aumont (L,1-1) 0.1211110 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 90-61, Antonio Bastardo 11-8, Mike Adams 11-8, Phillippe Aumont 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 6-6, Mike Adams 1-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 23, Antonio Bastardo 3, Mike Adams 3, Phillippe Aumont 4
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4000012 .190
Donovan Solano, 2B4010010 .256
Placido Polanco, 3B2100200 .333
Greg Dobbs, 1B3010102 .226
Austin Kearns, RF4000024 .000
Chris Coghlan, CF4011020 .133
Rob Brantly, C3000020 .207
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS2110100 .184
Jose Fernandez, P1011000 .333
    A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Miguel Olivo, C1000010 .167
Totals2825249  
Batting
3B - Adeiny Hechavarria (1, Hamels)
SH - Jose Fernandez (2)
RBI - Chris Coghlan (1), Jose Fernandez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Fernandez (1)
SB - Donovan Solano (1, 2nd base off Hamels/Kratz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Adeiny Hechavarria (1, Throwing), Donovan Solano (2, Throwing)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Fernandez 6200250 0.82
A.J. Ramos (BS,1) 0.2211110 5.40
Mike Dunn 1100110 2.84
Ryan Webb 0.1000010 4.76
Steve Cishek (W,1-1) 1000000 8.31
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Fernandez 85-53, A.J. Ramos 19-11, Mike Dunn 23-18, Ryan Webb 4-4, Steve Cishek 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Fernandez 9-4, A.J. Ramos 1-0, Mike Dunn 1-1, Steve Cishek 1-2
Batters Faced - Jose Fernandez 22, A.J. Ramos 5, Mike Dunn 5, Ryan Webb 1, Steve Cishek 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20037
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi