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Marlins sink Phils on Lucas' 10th-inning homer

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ed Lucas gave the Miami Marlins a late lead Wednesday night. Then he almost gave it back.

It was left to closer Steve Cishek to rescue Lucas and the Marlins. Cishek worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the 10th inning, preserving Miami's 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

"It got a little hairy there at the end, but we made it through," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond, whose team, now 56-96, ended a four-game losing streak. "Obviously everybody knows where we are in the standings, but give these guys a lot of credit -- they keep fighting."

Lucas led off the top of the 10th with a homer into the left field seats off reliever Cesar Jimenez (1-1), but he booted Carlos Ruiz's grounder to third base to start the bottom of the inning.

Domonic Brown doubled Ruiz to third, and after Darin Ruf flied out to short right, Cishek issued an intentional walk to Cody Asche, loading the bases.

Cishek then struck out Roger Bernandina and retired pinch hitter Freddy Galvis on a grounder to short to end the game and earn his 31st save. Cishek has converted his last 26 save opportunities, one short of the franchise record.

The streak was very much on Lucas' mind. So too was the Marlins' propensity for losing.

"I'm like, 'Oh no, we're going through this again,'" Lucas said. "We've been finding ways to lose. ... I was happy to see him bear down and close it out."

Cishek said he was "mainly just trying to stay calm and keep going after guys.

"It's always a challenge in Philadelphia. Once those guys get a guy on base and the crowd gets into it, they smell blood. It's always a battle, that's for sure."

The Phillies fell to 6-7 in extra-inning games this season and saw a seven-game winning streak against Miami come to an end.

"It was frustrating at the end," interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Second and third, no outs, but we couldn't execute."

Lucas' homer, his fourth of the year, came on a 2-2 slider from Jimenez. Lucas had swung and missed at the same pitch earlier in the count.

"I figured he'd go back to the slider at some point," Lucas said. "He did, but he got a little too much of the plate with it. I put a good swing on it. That went well."

Brad Hand (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the victory for the Marlins.

Miami's Mike Stanton tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth with his 23rd home run, a two-run shot off Ethan Martin that was measured at 460 feet.

The Phillies had a runner at third with one out in the eighth, but reliever Chad Qualls, an ex-Phillie, struck out Asche. Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria subsequently robbed Bernadina of a hit by diving to his right to snag a hard-hit grounder, then throwing to first to end the inning.

Hechavarria also made a leaping grab of Asche's liner in the sixth.

"I was trying to make eye contact with anybody in the stadium to verify that that just happened," Lucas said, "because I didn't think that little body could get that high."

Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi worked five innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits. He struck out five and walked four.

Philadelphia's Zach Miner, making a spot start when Kyle Kendrick was scratched due to a sore shoulder, went three shutout innings, allowing two hits while striking out two and walking two. Six other Phillies pitchers worked in the game.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead on Donovan Solano's run-producing groundout in the top of the fifth.

The Phillies answered with three runs in their half of the fifth. Bernadina scored on a passed ball by Miami catcher Jeff Mathis, and Chase Utley followed with a two-run single.

NOTES: Sandberg celebrated his 54th birthday. ... Kendrick told reporters the MRI he underwent on his ailing right shoulder Tuesday revealed tendinitis and fraying of the rotator cuff. Pending a visit to the New York Mets physician David Altchek, he has been cleared to play catch Friday. Kendrick hopes to make his last two starts of the season, but Sandberg would not say whether he plans to use him. ... When Utley homered and knocked in four runs Monday, then repeated the feat Tuesday, it marked the third time in his career he had at least two homers and eight RBIs over a two-game span, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
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