Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Christian Yelich delivered a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning to lift the Miami Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday at Marlins Park.
On a 1-1 offering from Jake Diekman, Yelich slapped his decisive single into center field with the bases loaded, scoring Marcell Ozuna and sparking an on-field celebration as the Marlins notched their fifth walk-off win of the season.
The Marlins, after dropping the opener on Tuesday night, recovered to take two of three from their National League East rival and improve to 25-23.
Ozuna delivered a two-run homer while Henderson Alvarez gave the Marlins seven shutout innings, and was in line for the win before the bullpen faltered in the eighth inning.
Instead, Steve Cishek (4-1) notched the win after a perfect ninth.
Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts but Diekman absorbed the loss after allowing the game-winning hit to Christian Yelich as the Phillies slipped to 20-24.
Alvarez and Hamels were engaged in a pitchers’ duel, keeping the game scoreless until the Marlins broke through in the sixth.
With one out, Ed Lucas doubled to left before Giancarlo Stanton ripped an RBI single to right for his Major League-leading 45th RBI.
In the seventh inning, the Marlins padded their lead to three runs when Jeff Baker singled off Hamels and Ozuna blasted a two-run homer to left.
The Phillies were able to erase their deficit and get Hamels off the hook in the eighth inning. A.J. Ramos walked Jimmy Rollins after being ahead 0-2 in the count.
With one out, Mike Dunn entered to face Chase Utley, who doubled. With runners on second and third, Ryan Howard lifted a sacrifice fly to left.
Miami still had two outs and a two-run lead before Marlon Byrd crushed a two-run homer to tie the game at 3-3. Before the home run, Dunn had made nine consecutive scoreless appearances.