PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jesús Aguilar homered, drove in four runs and hit a go-ahead double in the ninth inning to lead the Miami Marlins to a wild 11-9 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
Jazz Chisholm Jr., Avisaíl Garcia and Jacob Stallings also went deep for Miami, which has won six of eight.
“That was pretty wild, kind of a whirlwind,” Stallings said. “Thinking you’re going to win for sure, then probably going to lose. We just did a great job of battling back. We did just enough.”
Rhys Hoskins hit two homers, had four hits and drove in six runs for the Phillies, who lost for the second time in their last 12 games. This one was gut-wrenching for Philadelphia, which was trying to match its season best by going two games over .500.
“It’s disappointing,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said. “The offense really battled to take the lead. And soon after that we gave it back.”
After Hoskins broke an 8-all tie with his second homer of the game, a solo shot in the eighth, the Marlins capitalized against closer Corey Knebel (2-5) and Philadelphia’s shaky defense in the ninth.
Knebel, pitching for the first time since Friday due to right shoulder stiffness, induced a grounder to start the frame, but third baseman Alec Bohm’s throwing error allowed Miguel Rojas to reach. Bohm’s team-leading ninth error proved costly. Knebel walked the next two batters on just nine pitches to load the bases.
Garrett Cooper’s infield single tied the game at 9 and ended the night for Knebel, who exited to boos from those remaining among the 28,073 in attendance after blowing his fourth save in 15 chances.
“He wasn’t very sharp tonight for sure,” said Thomson, who added that he’ll reevaluate Knebel’s role as the closer.