Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 5/21/13
The Miami Marlins’ modest two game win streak came to an end on Tuesday with a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.   The two teams combined for 25 hits with both scoring late.  The loss put Miami back to twenty games under .500 with a record of 13-33 on the season. Jose Fernandez started the game but only was able to last five innings.  Fernandez did not have his best stuff but did the best he could by allowing only one run in those innings on five hits.   The strikeout numbers weren’t there as the 20 year old only struck out two to go along with one walk.    Even though Fernandez had only thrown 79 pitches, manager Mike Redmond elected to lift him for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth.  Duane Below had a rough debut as a Marlin allowing three runs in only one inning.   Those three runs put the game out of reach and tagged Below with the loss.   Ryan Webb also had a tough game allowing two runs in his one inning of work.   Wade LeBlanc gave up a run in his lone inning on the mound as well. Placido Polanco, Rob Brantly, and Juan Pierre each had two hit games with Polanco tallying his sixth double of the year.   Justin Ruggiano also doubled to give him eight on the season.   Chris Coghlan tripled for the second day in a row to up his season total to two.   With runners in scoring position, Miami was 1-8 and left a team total of seven men on base. The Marlins will try to win the series on Wednesday with Kevin Slowey scheduled to start.
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