Brett Myers, winless in over a month, will try to help the Philadelphia Phillies end a 12-game road losing streak to the Florida Marlins as the NL East rivals continue a four-game series at Pro Player Stadium.
Myers hasn’t won since June 17 against Detroit. The 23-year-old right-hander has gone 0-5 in six starts, allowing at least three runs in each of those outings. His best start during the stretch came in Friday’s 5-1 home loss to the Chicago Cubs. Myers surrendered three runs and five hits over seven innings.
With Randy Wolf, the team’s ERA leader on the mound Tuesday, the Phillies lost their 12th straight game at Pro Player Stadium 5-2. It was the fourth loss in the last six games overall for Philadelphia, which remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, who lost 8-4 at Pittsburgh.
Jim Thome, who leads the majors with 31 homers, was held out of the Phillies’ starting lineup Tuesday because he didn’t feel well. He did pinch-hit in the seventh inning and walked.
Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Philadelphia. The shortstop is batting .425 (17-for-40) during a nine-game hitting streak with four doubles, a triple, a homer and three RBIs.
The Marlins, who are two games behind the Phillies, won for only the fifth time in 12 games since the All-Star break.
Mike Lowell hit a solo homer, and Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Florida, which improved to 9-1 against the Phillies this season and has won 21 of the last 24 meetings in the series dating to last year.
Lowell is batting .381 (16-for-42) with five homers and 12 RBIs against the Phillies this season.
Cabrera is riding an 11-game hitting streak during which he is batting .415 (17-for-41) with two homers and 12 RBIs.