Before that, these underachievers open a series Friday night in Miami as Cliff Lee and the Phillies try to extend the Marlins' season-high skid to eight games.
The winner of the last five NL East titles and World Series champion in 2008, Philadelphia (78-78) is on the brink of postseason elimination despite going 41-28 since the All-Star break. The Phillies lost for the fourth time in five games, 7-3 to Washington on Thursday to finish 40-41 at home - their first losing record in the nine-year history of Citizens Bank Park.
"We competed," slugger Ryan Howard said. "We never gave up when people never thought we'd even be mentioned for a playoff spot."
Philadelphia, however, has won three in a row and five of six versus Miami (66-90).
The Marlins began the season with plenty of promise after building a new stadium, hiring Ozzie Guillen as manager and acquiring Jose Reyes , Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle . However, little has gone right and it might cost Guillen his job.
After falling 6-2 at Atlanta on Thursday, Miami tries to avoid losing eight in a row for the first time since an 11-game skid June 11-20, 2011."It's rough but we're still grinding," outfielder Bryan Petersen said. "We're going to push forward for momentum going into next year."
Outscored 30-13 over the last seven games, the Marlins won't have an easy task against Lee (6-8, 3.18 ERA), who is 4-1 with a 1.04 ERA in his last six starts.
The left-hander earned a win in four of his previous five before a 2-1 defeat to Atlanta on Sunday when he allowed one earned run and struck out 11 in eight innings. The Phillies have scored three or fewer runs in 18 of Lee's 28 starts.
"You can go back and 'What if, this' and 'What if, that' with a lot of things," he told the Phillies' official website. "All I can control is what I can control, and give the team a chance to win every time."
Lee's teammates have totaled five runs while he's gone 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA against the Marlins this season. That victory came Sept. 12 at home when he gave up a run and four hits over seven innings of a 3-1 win.
As Buehrle (13-13, 3.84) takes the mound trying to avoid his first losing season since 2006, he needs to pitch only 5 2-3 innings to record 200 for the 12th consecutive year.
Though the left-hander gave up four runs, three walks and two homers in six innings of a 4-3 loss at New York on Saturday, he looks for a third consecutive winning home start versus Philadelphia. Buehrle allowed two runs over seven innings in each of those two against the Phillies at Marlins Park.
Howard, who has never faced Buehrle, is 1 for 20 with seven strikeouts versus Miami in 2012. He's gone 1 for 14 and fanned seven times in his last four games overall.
|September 05, 2012||Placido Polanco||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|August 31, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Torn meniscus in right knee|
|August 29, 2012||Cole Hamels||Day-to-Day||Gastrointestinal illness|
|August 29, 2012||Vance Worley||15-Day DL||Loose bodies in right elbow|
|August 28, 2012||Domonic Brown||Day-to-Day||Left game - left knee soreness|
|August 24, 2012||Brian Schneider||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|September 21, 2012||Justin Ruggiano||Day-to-Day||Sprained right shoulder|
|September 18, 2012||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|September 14, 2012||Carlos Lee||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained neck|
|September 04, 2012||Heath Bell||Day-to-Day||Sore left foot|
|August 22, 2012||Emilio Bonifacio||60-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|August 13, 2012||Nick Green||15-Day DL||Sprained left thumb|
MIAMI (AP) -- With the way the season was shaping up, it was going to be a long shot for the Philadelphia Phillies to make the playoffs.
Their hopes came to a halt Friday following a 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins eliminating them from playoff contention.
"It's disappointing," said Phillies starter Cliff Lee . "I think everyone here could agree with that. We expected to win this division, make the postseason, and win the World Series ultimately. Obviously that's not going to happen now."
Carlos Lee 's game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Miami Marlins to the win snapping a season-high seven-game losing streak and prevented the Phillies from reaching the postseason for the first time in six years.
"That was a matter of time," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Right now we're kind of dragging, but that's no excuse for us not to score some runs."
The Phillies overcame a horrible first half with a 37-50 record at the All-Star Break and came from way behind to get within three games of St. Louis for the second wild card spot. But they lost five of the next six to fall out of the chase.
"We got ourselves in a pretty big hole early," Cliff Lee said. "It was too big of a hole to dig ourselves out of. We played really well in the second half, made our season definitely more respectable, but considering how bad we were in the first half we were very fortunate to be where we were these past few weeks."
Bryan Petersen began the ninth with a double to right field off Josh Lindblom (3-4).
"We thought that Lindblom could get that guy out," Manuel said. "He had him 0-2 and he ended up getting ahead, a guy that's hitting .205 against righties."
Jose Reyes grounded out and Giancarlo Stanton was intentionally walked setting up the at-bat with Lee. Lee lined a single to left-center field scoring Petersen from second as Laynce Nix 's throw to home was off-line for the Marlins eighth walk-off win of the season.
"As soon as I hit it, I knew it was over the shortstop's head and the game was over," Carlos Lee said.
Steve Cishek (5-2) pitched one inning in relief for the win.
"We've got to give our fans our best effort." Carlos Lee said. "We know we're out of it, but they deserve the best from us."
Stanton hit his 35th home run and doubled for the Marlins in his return after missing the previous nine games with an oblique strain.
"It looked like a script," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "This kid comes out with a double and a home run. `What's going on here?' Like I said, this kid's got the opportunity to be one of the best players in the game. When you see him in the lineup, obviously the lineup looks a little bit different."
With Miami holding a 1-0 lead, John Mayberry led off the eighth with a double to left off Buehrle for the Phillies. Buehrle retired the next two batters, but could not escape unscathed as Jimmy Rollins drove in Mayberry with a line drive base hit to left to tie the game 1-1.
Buehrle pitched eight innings allowing one run and six hits. He struck out eight as he surpassed the 200-inning mark for the 12th consecutive season.
"Obviously, it's nice," Buehrle said. "I wished some other stuff would have happened-numbers better and team playing better to get to 200."
Cliff Lee allowed one run and three hits in seven innings while striking out five and not allowing a walk. He is 4-1 with a 1.07 ERA in his last seven starts.
"It's one of those things where you have to give Buehrle some credit there, he kept us from scoring a run until J-Ro came through with two outs there in the eighth," Cliff Lee said. "That was a big hit by him, but Buehrle got it done. There's a reason why he's been throwing as long as he has."
The Phillies recorded three singles in the second inning, but Buehrle got out of the jam when Ty Wiggington over-ran third base and was thrown out by Donovan Solano following an infield single by Michael Martinez .
After the baserunning miscue by Wiggington, Buehrle retired the next 14 batters in a row.
Stanton's solo home run, estimated at 419 feet, off Lee in the fourth gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead.
NOTES: Lee has pitched at least six innings without allowing more than one walk in his last 16 starts, a modern-era Major League record. ... Stanton also missed 25 games in July due to knee surgery. ... Phillies 1B Ryan Howard has one hit in 21 at-bats with eight strikeouts against Miami this season. ... Buehrle surpassed 200 innings for the 12th straight season. ... Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (10-8, 4.40 ERA) will face Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (12-12, 4.35 ERA) Saturday.