The Phillies could not hold a five-run lead in the middle innings and lost Thursday's series finale, 9-8, to the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
The Marlins tied the game with three runs in the sixth — all the runs came on a pair of homers — and took the lead in the top of the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by J.T. Realmuto. Realmuto also tied the game with an inside-the-park homer in the sixth.
Rhys Hoskins homered again for the Phillies, his eighth in an 11-game span.
The Marlins took three of four in the series.
The two teams combined for 21 home runs in the series, 11 by the Phillies; 10 by the Marlins.
Starting pitching report
Jake Thompson, called up from Triple A before the start, allowed 11 baserunners on seven hits and four walks over five innings. He gave up five runs. He allowed a pair of home runs.
Former Phillie Vance Worley started for the Marlins. He was tagged for nine hits and eight runs over four innings. He gave up two homers.
Rookie right-hander Jesen Therrien lost a three-run lead in the sixth inning. He allowed three two-out runs on two homers and a walk. One of the homers was a two-run inside-the-parker.
Luis Garcia took the loss. He gave up a pair of one-out singles and a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Christian Yelich set up the run by alertly going first to third on a hit to center field.
Miami's bullpen — five scoreless innings — was very good.
At the plate
The middle of the order continued to produce for the Phillies. Hoskins clubbed a solo homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the third. Tommy Joseph drove a three-run homer in the third. Nick Williams had a two-run double in the fourth.
Joseph has three homers and six RBIs in his last four games.
Hoskins has 19 RBIs in 15 games.
The Marlins hit four home runs. Giancarlo Stanton slugged his majors-leading 47th. A.J. Ellis had a two-run shot. Yelich had a solo homer with two outs in the sixth. Therrien then walked the next batter to keep the inning alive for Realmuto, who tied the game with a two-run inside-the-park homer. It was the second inside-the-park homer surrendered by the Phillies in the last six games.
In the field
Williams had a tough day in center field. He misplayed two balls in the first inning and that led to a Miami run. Williams broke back on a shallow fly ball and lost a ball at the wall in the sun. Yelich ran on him in the eighth, setting up the go-ahead run.
To make room for Thompson on the active roster, the Phillies sent reliever Ricardo Pinto to Triple A. He will likely be back in September. Thompson was optioned to Triple A following the loss.
The Phillies host the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs for three games beginning on Friday night. The pitching probables:
Friday night — RHP Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.46) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.73)
Saturday night — RHP Ben Lively (1-4, 3.70) vs. RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.52)
Sunday afternoon — The Phillies have not yet named their starting pitcher. Right-hander John Lackey (10-9, 4.90) will start for the Cubs.