Loss puts Phils deeper into basement

(Photo: Steve Mitchell/US Presswire)

The Phillies have bounced in and out of last place a couple of times over the past week. With a trip to Miami on the schedule, they were hoping to climb out of last, but a 6-2 loss in the series opener didn't help their cause.

Josh Johnson pitched six strong innings to help the Miami Marlins win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month and keep Cliff Lee winless with a 6-2 victory over the Phillies on Friday night.

Justin Ruggiano tied a career-high with three hits and drove in two runs for Miami, which last won consecutive games June 2-3 at Philadelphia. The Marlins were 4-17 since.

Johnson (5-5) allowed one run and struck out six, improving to 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA in his last 10 starts. Lee (0-5) allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings, falling to 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA in his last four starts.

Hunter Pence homered for the Phillies, who played for the first time at the new Marlins Park.

It was Ruggiano's first three-hit game since June 12, 2011, at Baltimore while with Tampa Bay, and the third of his career. Jose Reyes doubled to lead off the bottom of the first inning for the Marlins and scored on a groundout by Logan Morrison. The Marlins strung together four straight hits in the third including an RBI single by Giancarlo Stanton. Omar Infante's sacrifice fly pushed the lead to 3-0. Pence cut the deficit to 3-1 with his 15th homer over the right-field fence.

Ruggiano's two-run double followed by John Buck's RBI single ended Lee's outing. Pence added an RBI single in the ninth.

NOTES: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (left Achilles) played in his first rehab game on Thursday with Single-A Lakewood and went 2-for-4 with three RBI. He went 1-for-2 Friday night when he played at first base for the first time. He'll serve as the DH on Saturday... Philadelphia will send LHP Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.03 ERA) to the mound on Saturday to face Marlins LHP Mark Buehrle (6-8, 3.55 ERA), who is 3-2 in five starts against the Phillies. Hamels is 6-9 in 21 starts against Miami.


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