With one of the worst lineups in the major leagues, the Miami Marlins have had to lean heavily on their pitching this season.
Miami ranks last in baseball with a .222 batting average, 122 runs and a .283 on-base percentage, among others categories, and entered Monday's series opener having scored more than three runs once in 12 games.
Miami allowed one run for the third consecutive contest, as Alex Sanabia ended a five-start losing streak by pitching 6 1-3 solid innings. The starting rotation posted a 7.34 ERA in the six games prior to the current hot stretch.
Fernandez (2-2, 3.48 ERA) has gone 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA over his last three starts, a run that began when he struck out nine and gave up one hit - a Freddy Galvis single in the bottom of the first - in seven innings of a 2-0 win over Philadelphia on May 4.
The 20-year-old right-hander gave up two runs in seven innings of a 5-3, 10-inning loss Thursday, throwing a career-high 99 pitches.
"I like to compete, and I know (throwing that many pitches is) not going to happen every time, and I respect that and that's what I work for," Fernandez said. "Whatever they want me to do, I do it and just keep putting good effort on it and give the team a chance to win."
Miami has provided him with just 16 runs of support in his eight starts. The rookie allowed two hits in six scoreless innings versus the Phillies on April 13 in his second major league start, but didn't earn a decision as the Marlins scored in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 victory.
The Marlins have outscored Philadelphia 21-3 while winning the last three meetings, with Domonic Brown 's homer accounting for the Phillies' lone run Monday.
Philadelphia (21-24) has been outscored 17-4 while dropping two of three overall."We definitely have to score more runs to have a winning team," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Hopefully we can keep staying at it and we will, but right now it's tough. We take a step forward and two steps back."
The Phillies will look to get back on track with help from Tyler Cloyd , who has been recalled from the minors to make his second spot start.
Cloyd (0-0, 2.84) gave up two runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 3-2 loss to Arizona in his season debut May 10, when was immediately sent back to Lehigh Valley.
"I might as well go (to the minors) and keep pitching well," Cloyd said after that outing. "Hopefully, the next opportunity they have, I can come back up and do well."
The right-hander is 2-2 with a 4.58 ERA in seven career starts, none against the Marlins.
First baseman Ryan Howard is in the Phillies' lineup after missing two games with a sore left knee. Howard is 0 for 6 with four strikeouts against Fernandez.
|May 20, 2013||Ryan Howard||Day-to-Day||Sore left knee|
|May 19, 2013||Carlos Ruiz||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|May 12, 2013||Mike Adams||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|May 11, 2013||Mike Adams||15-Day DL||Right back strain|
|May 06, 2013||Roy Halladay||15-Day DL||Right shoulder surgery|
|April 18, 2013||John Lannan||15-Day DL||Strained left quadriceps tendon|
|May 19, 2013||Matt Diaz||15-Day DL||Left knee bone contusion|
|May 08, 2013||Chris Valaika||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
|May 06, 2013||Donovan Solano||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal muscle|
|April 30, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 29, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right hamstring|
|April 28, 2013||Joe Mahoney||15-Day DL||Hamstring strain|
MIAMI (AP) -- Just as the Philadelphia Phillies welcomed back Ryan Howard from injury, the team may have lost Chase Utley .
Delmon Young homered and Howard added three hits and three RBIs to help carry the Phillies to a 7-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
Utley was a late scratch with a rib injury suffered during batting practice. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said the second baseman would be evaluated on Wednesday.
"When he took a swing, he kind of felt a burn, a pain, in his rib cage," Manuel said.
Also before the game, Philadelphia placed catcher Carlos Ruiz (strained hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list.
Young, meanwhile, had two hits to raise his average to .214 after returning from offseason ankle surgery. Howard returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a sore left knee.
"We haven't been scoring many runs and I haven't been contributing like I'm capable of," Young said. "Hopefully we can carry this over to tomorrow and the rest of this road trip because we're going to need to score runs the rest of this road trip to win ballgames."
Manuel said he glad to see Young "click" and homer for the second time this season.
"We think Delmon can hit," Manuel said. "He's 27-years-old, we definitely think he has a lot of baseball left in him. It's just a matter of him getting some at-bats and getting going."
Howard said he felt good two days after getting a cortisone shot on his left knee.
"It felt better. I'll just continue to try and build on it," Howard said. "I saw the ball pretty well and was able to get a couple of knocks off two lefties. Really, I was just focused on putting together good at-bats."
Tyler Cloyd (1-0) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings. He was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley (International League) earlier in the day.
"Up here, I'm definitely keeping the ball down more than I did at Triple-A," Cloyd said. "I think I try to do too much down there and get out of my game at certain times."
Miami's Jose Fernandez went five innings, allowing one run and five hits. He walked one and struck out two.
"Every time I can go out there and give the team a chance to win and a chance to stay in the ball game, I'm happy," Fernandez said.
Philadelphia went ahead 2-1 in the sixth when Domonic Brown 's ground out scored Howard from third. Howard led off with a single and took third on Young's double to deep center off Duane Below (0-1).
Howard's single with the bases loaded scored two runs and highlighted a four-run seventh that gave the Phillies a 6-1 lead. He received a cortisone shot Sunday.
Young's ground out and Brown's double scored the other Phillies runs in the seventh. Young homered to left-center on a 2-2 pitch with one out in the fourth. It was his second home run of the season.
Juan Pierre 's seventh-inning RBI single pulled Miami within 6-2.
Howard added an RBI single in the eighth off Wade LeBlanc .
Miami's Justin Ruggiano had a run-scoring double with two outs in the ninth.
Pinch-hitter Jordan Brown 's sacrifice fly in the fifth scored Placido Polanco to tie it at 1 and take Fernandez off the hook.
Notes: The crowd of 13,996 was the third-smallest at Marlins Park this season. ... Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (1-4, 3.44) opposes LHP Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.83) in the series finale on Wednesday night. ... Marlins manager Mike Redmond said injured RHP Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) was scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday before 60-65 pitches in a start with Class A Jupiter (Florida State League) on Saturday. ... Miami's Chris Coghlan tripled for the second straight game after going 121 games without one.