Ken Giles blew his first save in 14 chances since becoming the Phillies’ closer.
By Sam Bush
Dee Gordon beat the Phillies last night with his glove and his bat.
The All-Star second baseman stroked a two-out double that gave the Marlins a 4-3 win over the Phillies , ending Miami’s four-game losing streak.
In the top of the 11th, Darin Ruf lifted a pop fly and Gordon ranged into short center field to make a great play. Then in the bottom of the 11th, Miguel Rojas singled off Jerome Williams, and after Ichiro Suzuki walked, Gordon doubled, giving Miami its ninth walk-off win.
“We battled hard. We needed that win,” Gordon said. “This just shows what type of character we’ve got. We’re not giving up. This shows what time of character these guys have.”
“That’s his first walk-off in a few years, since maybe 2012. It couldn’t come at a better time,” Miami manager Dan Jennings said. “I was just happy for the quality of the at-bat he had right there. He put a great swing on that ball, split the gap. It’s good to see Dee do what he does. It seems like every night he does something to help you.”
The Marlins beat the Phillies for the second time in the last 10 tries.
The Phillies claimed a 3-2 lead in the 10th inning on Freddy Galvis’ two-out RBI single off Kyle Barraclough. Barraclough got into trouble in the 10th with a one-out walk to Andres Blanco, who was forced out at second on Brian Bogusevic’s fielder’s choice grounder. After Bogusevic stole second, setting up Galvis’ two-out single to left.
But Miami pulled even in the bottom of the 10th, scoring an unearned run when Suzuki raced home on Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error. Suzuki singled, and moved to second on Gordon’s bunt single off Ken Giles, who blew his first save in 14 chances since becoming the Phillies’ closer. On Donovan Solano’s bunt, Ruiz gambled with a throw to third, but the ball skipped into the outfield.
“You can’t expect your closer to be perfect every time,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin. “It happens. Unfortunately, it happened due to poor defense, which is lamentable to say the least.”