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Marlins, Alvarez pick up win in Philly

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PHILADELPHIA -- An outfield misplay by the Philadelphia Phillies proved costly Tuesday night.

Henderson Alvarez and the Miami Marlins happily cashed in.

The Miami right-hander won his third straight decision and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in two runs as the Marlins beat the Phillies 3-2.

Left fielder Marcell Ozuna and third baseman Casey McGehee had two hits each for the Marlins, who won for just the third time in their last eight games.

Right fielder Marlon Byrd went 3-for-4 for Philadelphia, which has dropped four of five.

Alvarez (5-3) pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) and seven hits while striking out three, walking two and hitting a batter. He has compiled a 0.78 ERA in seven starts since May 22, best in the major leagues during a span that began when he blanked the Phils for seven innings but received a no-decision.

His other victories during that stretch came against Tampa Bay on June 3 and in his last start against the New York Mets on June 20.

"I think he's pitching with confidence," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "I think you're watching a guy who is starting to understand what he can do, what he can become -- the type of pitcher that he is.

"He's still a young guy (age 24). I think that's the beauty of having young starters. When they start to realize how good they can be, it's fun to go out there and watch them."

It was also Alvarez's first victory in four career starts against the Phillies.

"I've just been working hard and been able to maintain my pitches down in the zone -- all my pitches, my curveball, slider, sinker," he said, speaking through an interpreter.

Reliever Mike Dunn secured the final out of the seventh inning and Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless eighth. Steve Cishek struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save.

The Marlins scored all of their runs in the fourth inning. With two outs and two men aboard, Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown misjudged a liner by Ozuna, which fell behind Brown for an RBI double. Saltalamacchia, just 1-for-15 to that point in his career against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett, followed with a two-run double to left center.

"That play has to be made," Brown said. "I told A.J. I was sorry. He hit it hard. I took a step in, and it was too late. I'm upset at myself."

Burnett (5-7) looked at the play differently.

"I feel like I should have picked him up on the next batter," he said. "The pitch to Salty should have been down. The pitch was out over the plate. It was not down."

Burnett, facing one of his former teams, worked seven innings and yielded three runs and five hits while striking out eight and walking three. He retired the last eight batters he faced.

Relievers Antonio Bastardo and Justin DeFratus held the Marlins scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

The Phillies picked up a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Chase Utley. Brown made it 3-2 when he singled in a run in the sixth.

NOTES: The Marlins are 11-6 in their last 17 road games after losing 15 of their first 18 away from home. ... Phillies closer Steve Cishek has converted 52 of 55 save opportunities (94.5 percent) since the beginning of the 2013 season, the National League's third-best save percentage during that stretch. ... Philadelphia SS Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-4, his second straight multihit game. While he has hit safely in 20 of his last 22, he managed only a single hit in the previous 18. ... Earlier Wednesday, the Marlins placed SS Adeiny Hechavarria on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 21) with a right triceps strain and recalled INF Donovan Solano from Triple-A New Orleans. ... Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said LHP Cliff Lee's bullpen session on Tuesday went well and that Lee likely will pitch a simulated game Friday. Lee, on the disabled list since May 19 with a strained elbow, would then be in line for a rehab assignment. ... The Phillies have yet to announce their second starting pitcher for Saturday's doubleheader against Atlanta. Roberto Hernandez will start one of the games, but Sandberg said the second starter will be called up from the minor leagues and that decision will likely be made Thursday.
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