Early Runs Prove Costly For Marlins

The Marlins allowed all three runs in the first two innings of a 3-1 loss to the Phillies

The Miami Marlins gave up three early runs and were never able to make up the deficit in a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

The Marlins have now lost two games in a row to a team with the worst record in Major League Baseball. The Phillies are the only team that separates Miami from the basement in the National League East. The Marlins still hold an eight game advantage over the Phillies despite the two losses.

Things looked bleak for Tom Koehler in his first two innings, but he turned it around in a hurry. Koehler allowed three runs on three hits in six innings to qualify for a quality start. Koehler was also tagged with the loss to fall to 7-6 on the year. The right-hander still has a very solid 3.38 E.R.A this season.

In what has been a recurring theme for the Marlins, the hit totals show a great disparity with the run column. Miami had ten hits but only one run, while Philadelphia had five hits that helped the team produce its three runs.

Another common trend for Miami lately has been sloppy play and the team committed two more errors in the loss. One of the misplays was charged to Koehler while the other one was picked up by Justin Bour.

Martin Prado had three hits including two doubles. The second baseman knocked in Miami's lone run with one of the two-base hits.

Dan Haren will get the ball on Sunday as Miami tries to avoid a sweep in Philadelphia.

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