MIAMI -- Bolstered by another strong outing from rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins broke a six-game losing skid with a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 20,037 at Marlins Park.
With runners on first and third and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Marlins center fielder Chris Coghlan hit a grounder that Phillies second baseman Chase Utley couldn't handle cleanly, allowing former Phillie Placido Polanco to score the winning run.
Polanco led off the inning with a walk and Greg Dobbs hit a line drive that bounded high off the glove of Phillies first baseman Kevin Frandsen, allowing Polanco to reach third.
Coghlan got the start in center field after Justin Ruggiano was scratched from the lineup with tight right groin.
The Phillies' three-game winning streak ended with the loss.
The Marlins (2-9) got another strong outing from Fernandez -- one of the few bright spots during his team's poor start this season.
Fernandez worked five scoreless innings in his second major-league start, giving up only two hits (both singles) while striking out four and walking one.
In his debut on April 7 against the Mets in New York, Fernandez went five innings and had eight strikeout while giving up one run.
Fernandez achieved several career firsts in the bottom of the fifth against the Phillies when he hit a pitch from Phillies starter Cole Hamels to left field to score Adeiny Hechavarria for the game's first run. It was Fernandez' first major-league hit and RBI.
Fernandez has a chance this season to become the fourth pitcher since 1970 to make the jump from Class A and pitch 100 innings.
Hamels went six innings, allowing three hits and an earned run while striking out five and giving up three walks.
The Phillies (5-6) tied the score at 1 in the top of the seventh on a throwing error by Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano. With runners on first and second and one out, Phillies catcher Erik Kratz hit a potential double-play ball. But after Solano stepped on second to retire Freddy Galvis, Solano's relay throw sailed into the crowd over the Marlins dugout, allowing Domonic Brown to score the tying run.
The Phillies loaded the bases, but reliever Mike Dunn struck out Jimmy Rollins to keep the score tied.
Hamels had not given up a hit until Hechavarria roped a two-out triple into the gap in right center. Hechavarria reached third base easily after the ball rolled past right fielder Laynce Nix.
To that point, Hamels had only surrendered two walks through 4 2/3 innings while striking out five.
The Marlins stroked three balls that could have been hits off Hamels had the Phillies not made strong defensive plays. Nix ended the first inning making a diving catch on a fly ball hit past him by Placido Polanco. In the next inning, center fielder Ben Revere charged in and snared a fly ball off the bat of Dobbs. Solano hit a low line drive that his Phillies second baseman Chase Utley caught near the ground in the bottom of the fourth.
The Marlins played without injured right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) for the second consecutive game. Austin Kearns got the nod in right field again.
NOTES: The Marlins got some good news Saturday when an MRI revealed that Stanton has a bruised left shoulder and no structural damage. He is listed as day to day. Stanton has five hits in 30 at-bats with no home runs and 12 strikeouts. ... The Phillies entered Saturday's game tied with the Reds for the major-league lead in RBI by pinch-hitters (6) through the first two weeks of the season. It's a welcome start in that category for the Phillies, who had only 23 pinch-RBI last season. ... Reliever David Aardsma signed a minor-league contract with the Marlins on Saturday. Aardsma will report to New Orleans, the team's triple-A affiliate. Aardsma was released by the Yankees on April 4 after posting a 3.52 ERA in 7 2/3 innings in eight spring training appearances. ... Utley and Rollins started their 967th game together as a double-play combination, which is second most among active players at their positions behind the Yankees' Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano.