MIAMI -- The Phillies continue to rack up losses as the season fades to black. They wasted a strong pitching performance from Cole Hamels in losing, 2-0, to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
Henderson Alvarez pitched a gem for the Marlins.
It was the 15th time the Phillies have been shut out this season, matching last season’s total.
The Phillies are 2-6 with two games to play on the trip.
They are 15 games under .500 for the season.
Starting pitching report
Hamels pitched well but got no run support. He allowed just two runs over seven innings and left trailing, 2-0. It was the 14th time in 29 starts this season that Hamels pitched at least seven innings and gave up two or fewer earned runs. Hamels walked one and struck out four.
Hamels made 16 starts on the road this season and was 6-6 with a 1.82 ERA (22 earned runs in 109 innings) in those games. That is the 13th lowest single-season road ERA by a lefty since 1920. The best road ERA by a lefty in that span belonged to the late, great Johnny Podres, who had a 1.19 road ERA in 1957.
Hamels is 9-8 with a 2.47 ERA on the season. He will start the season finale Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.
Marlins right-hander Alvarez pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings for his 12th win. He walked one and struck out two.
Steve Cishek survived two hits in the ninth and earned his 38th save.
At the plate
Only one of the Phillies' eight hits was for extra bases, a double by Hamels in the fifth.
The Phillies were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
Hamels allowed three straight singles in the fourth inning. Ed Lucas' hit drove in a run. Christian Yelich doubled in the fifth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Casey McGehee as the Marlins went up 2-0.
Jonathan Papelbon returned from a seven-game suspension. He did not appear in the game. Both GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Ryne Sandberg said Papelbon is the team’s closer. “He was given a very legitimate and very appropriate punishment for his actions,” Amaro said. “He’s done his time, and now it’s time for him to pitch. If there’s a closing situation, he should close.”
Papelbon was suspended for grabbing his crotch in response to booing fans and getting in a dustup with an umpire at Citizens Bank Park last week.
Jimmy Rollins sat out his 14th straight game with a hamstring strain. He remains day-to-day, though Sandberg conceded there’s a chance he might not play in any of the team’s five remaining games.
Kyle Kendrick (9-13, 4.73) makes possibly his last start with the Phillies on Wednesday night against Miami lefty Brad Hand (3-8, 4.59). Kendrick, who debuted with the Phillies in 2007, will be a free agent this winter.