The Miami Marlins lost a second consecutive game to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday by a final score of 4-2.
With the loss, Miami only has a one-game advantage over Philadelphia in the National League East. The Marlins' 50-73 record is also one of the worst overall in Major League Baseball. That is a mark which the Phillies currently hold.
This was a tough defeat for the Marlins as they held the lead for almost the entire night. With a 2-0 lead following the third inning, Miami appeared to be cruising to its second win in the series. That wouldn't be the case however as the Phillies plated four runs in the final two innings of play.
Justin Nicolino started the game for Miami and contributed 7.2 innings of two-run ball. Both of those runs came home in the eighth inning with one being a home run. The rookie struck out four and allowed five hits in one of his finest performances thus far.
In the ninth, Miami gave the ball to closer A.J. Ramos as it looked to keep the score tied at two. Ramos floundered however and allowed two runs while only retiring one hitter. The loss was tagged to Ramos who fell to 1-4 this year.
Miami's two early runs were brought home by Derek Dietrich. The 26-year old continues to find playing time at a variety of positions, and was in left field for this one. Dietrich has been Miami's biggest offensive contributor in recent weeks, and could find himself with a starting job in 2016.
Another rookie will get the ball on Sunday when Adam Conley tries to help the Marlins split the four-game series.