Clutch Christian Yelich leads Marlins to 10th inning win in Philly
Fish stay in second wild-card spot
PHILADELPHIA – Christian Yelich homered and drove in the game-winning run with a single in the 10th inning to lead the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
J.T. Realmuto added two hits for the Marlins, who won their third straight to remain one game ahead of the New York Mets for the second wild-card spot in the National League.
Tommy Joseph homered for Philadelphia, which lost its third straight.
Adeiny Hechavarria opened the 10th with a double off David Hernandez (1-3).
After Hernandez walked Martin Pardo to put runners on first and second with two outs, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin lifted Hernandez so left-hander Daniel Stumpf could face the left-handed Yelich.
Yelich put Miami in front by lacing Stumpf's 3-2 pitch to left field, easily scoring Hechavarria.
A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless 10th for his 31st save in 32 opportunities.
Mike Dunn (2-1) tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the victory.
The Marlins defeated Philadelphia in extra innings on Monday, 3-2 on Prado's 11th-inning homer.
In a matchup of 24-year-olds, Miami starter Jose Urena and Philadelphia's Vince Velasquez pitched well although neither got a decision.
Velasquez gave up one run and three hits with five strikeouts and four walks in seven strong innings.
The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA his last four starts.
Urena was called up from Triple-A before the game to make his first start of the season and he didn't disappoint.
The right-hander gave up one run and four hits with five strikeouts and one walk in 5 2/3 innings.
Urena entered 1-1 with a 7.52 ERA in 16 relief appearances for Miami this season.
Miami got on the board first when Yelich connected on an 0-2 pitch and drove it into the Marlins' bullpen in right-center.
The 452-foot shot was Yelich's 13th homer of the season. He is hitting .369 in 20 career games at Citizens Bank Park.
Philadelphia answered in the bottom of the frame when Joseph launched his 13th homer into the third row of the upper deck in left field, a 430-foot drive.
Each team had their chance to go ahead in the late innings.
Philadelphia loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but reliever David Phelps struck out Peter Bourjos looking for the final out.
Realmuto reached second with two outs in the eighth, but Hector Neris fanned Yelich for the final out.
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