Phillies-Marlins Preview

The Associated Press

Ryne Sandberg is still seeking his first win since being named the Philadelphia Phillies' permanent manager this weekend. Zach Miner is searching for his first in the majors in four years.

The Phillies right-hander will try to help snap his club's five-game skid Tuesday night while sending the Miami Marlins to a 100th loss for the first time in 15 years.

Philadelphia (71-85) has gone 0-2 since taking the interim tag away from Sandberg on Sunday and managed just four hits in a 4-0 defeat in Monday's series opener at Marlins Park. The Phillies are 18-18 overall since the Hall of Fame second baseman took over for the fired Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16

During Sandberg's tenure, Philadelphia earned a seventh straight win against Miami (58-99), tying a series record, but has dropped the past two. After Roy Halladay was forced to leave Monday's game with an undisclosed injury, the Phillies used six relievers, and the seven pitchers combined to issue nine walks.

"We patched it up and the bullpen actually did a fine job keeping it a 1-0 game into the eighth," Sandberg said.

The Marlins' Ed Lucas, batting .375 in the last 14 games, hit an RBI single in a three-run eighth inning.

"We've had a long couple of days," manager Mike Redmond said. "With the double-header (Sunday) and getting back at 4 in the morning, that's exactly what we needed."

Miner (0-1, 3.22) will try to limit Lucas and Miami in his second major league start since he was with Detroit in 2009. The right-hander pitched three scoreless frames Wednesday against the Marlins in the Phillies' 4-3 defeat in 10 innings.

While Miner will seek his first major league victory since September 2009, Henderson Alvarez (4-5, 4.05) will try for his third in five starts this month. The right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer in four of his last five outings but took the loss in a 3-2 defeat at Washington on Thursday.

Alvarez allowed a three-run homer to Nationals slugger Bryce Harper in the first of his five innings in that loss.

"That ended up being the game. Three-run home run, that was it," Redmond told the team's website. "Unfortunately for us, we've had that scenario happen several times. The good news is that we're in this game. The bad news is we can't get on the other side of them, and get that big hit to take us over the hump and get a big win."

Alvarez is facing the Phillies for the first time.

In that initial matchup, he'll try to help the Marlins avoid reaching triple-digit losses for the first time since they were 54-108 in 1998 and second time in franchise history. Miami has lost 13 of 18 but split its last six games.

Philadelphia hasn't dropped six in a row since a season-high, eight-game skid July 20-28. Miami hasn't earned back-to-back wins since a three-game streak to open this month.