Emmanuel Rivera's walk-off single pitches Marlins over Phillies

The Marlins' Bryan De La Cruz (left) and Edward Cabrera (center) celebrate with Emmanuel Rivera after Rivera hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning for a 7-6 victory over the Phillies on Sunday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI – Emmanuel Rivera hit a game-winning pinch-hit single in the 10th inning as the Miami Marlins beat the Phillies 7-6 on Sunday to avoid a sweep.

Rivera's hard grounder deflected off the glove of Phillies reliever Gregory Soto (0-1) and into right field, where it hit automatic runner Nick Fortes from second.

“You have to be ready from the first inning,” Rivera said. “So much can happen in a game – an injury or a delay. You never know what the situation might be, so you have to be prepared.”

Rivera missed a signal to the ball to advance baserunners Fortes and Josh Bell, then missed Soto's 1-0 pitch. He then received a second hit before recording his first career walk-off RBI.

“After I scored twice, I thought about putting the ball in play,” Rivera said.

Jazz Chisholm Jr. doubled and tripled while Bell hit a home run for the Marlins, who lost five games and entered Sunday with a major league-worst record of 10-31. Anthony Bender (1-2) pitched two runs in a scoreless top of the 10th.

The Phillies, who began Sunday's major league campaign with a 28-12 record, lost for just the third time in their last 16 games.

Losing 6-3, the Phillies tied the game on Edmundo Sosa's two-run triple and Brandon Marsh's sacrifice fly off Miami reliever Andrew Nardi in the sixth.

Phillies starter Zack Wheeler gave up a season-high six runs and was removed from the field after four innings. Wheeler allowed six hits, walked three and struck out two.

“They seemed more aggressive today,” Wheeler said. “I didn’t control the ball the way I wanted to and they caught me. I felt great. I wasn’t unbalanced.”

Braxton Garrett went 5 1/3 innings in his season debut for Miami, allowing five runs. The left-hander, who spent the first six weeks of the season on the injured list, allowed five hits and struck out eight. It was Garrett's first appearance since allowing two runs over three innings in Miami's NL Wild Card Series loss to the Phillies in October.

Bell's three-run home run in the third gave Miami a 4-3 lead. The Marlins then extended their lead in the fourth when Christian Bethancourt's sacrifice squeeze bunt scored Vidal Brujan from third and Chisholm followed with an RBI triple.

“There were good at-bats up and down the stretch,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said. “We played really good small ball today. That's pretty much what we need to do to score runs. We’re not going to beat the other team to death.”

The Phillies struck quickly against Garrett when Nick Castellanos hit a three-run home run in the first. Castellanos drilled Garrett's first pitch over the left-center wall for his fourth home run of the season and second of the series.

“I was happy with how I responded after the first inning,” Garrett said. “The innings in which I put up zeros got better and better. I kind of hit a brick wall in the sixth inning, but we’ll try to get over it in the next inning.”

The Marlins narrowed the gap on Jesús Sánchez's RBI double in the second. Sánchez used a different stick for the shot, which bounced off the warning track in the middle. Early in his plate appearance, Sánchez parried a fastball from Wheeler, and the bat flew over the net and landed ten rows above the Phillies' first base dugout.


Phillies >> DH Kyle Schwarber (back soreness) sat out his second straight game. … Catcher JT Realmuto had the day off.

Marlins >> Placed JT Chargois (neck spasms) on the 60-day injured list. … George Soriano was optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville.


Phillies >> Cristopher Sánchez (2-3, 3.22 ERA) will start the opener of a two-game road series against the New York Mets on Monday. Sean Manaea (2-1, 3.31 ERA) will start for the Mets.

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