The Phillies right-hander will try to help snap his club's five-game skid Tuesday night while sending the Miami Marlins to a 100th loss for the first time in 15 years.
Philadelphia (71-85) has gone 0-2 since taking the interim tag away from Sandberg on Sunday and managed just four hits in a 4-0 defeat in Monday's series opener at Marlins Park. The Phillies are 18-18 overall since the Hall of Fame second baseman took over for the fired Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16
During Sandberg's tenure, Philadelphia earned a seventh straight win against Miami (58-99), tying a series record, but has dropped the past two. After Roy Halladay was forced to leave Monday's game with an undisclosed injury, the Phillies used six relievers, and the seven pitchers combined to issue nine walks.
"We patched it up and the bullpen actually did a fine job keeping it a 1-0 game into the eighth," Sandberg said.
The Marlins' Ed Lucas , batting .375 in the last 14 games, hit an RBI single in a three-run eighth inning.
"We've had a long couple of days," manager Mike Redmond said. "With the double-header (Sunday) and getting back at 4 in the morning, that's exactly what we needed."
Miner (0-1, 3.22) will try to limit Lucas and Miami in his second major league start since he was with Detroit in 2009. The right-hander pitched three scoreless frames Wednesday against the Marlins in the Phillies' 4-3 defeat in 10 innings.
While Miner will seek his first major league victory since September 2009, Henderson Alvarez (4-5, 4.05) will try for his third in five starts this month. The right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer in four of his last five outings but took the loss in a 3-2 defeat at Washington on Thursday.
Alvarez allowed a three-run homer to Nationals slugger Bryce Harper in the first of his five innings in that loss.
"That ended up being the game. Three-run home run, that was it," Redmond told the team's website. "Unfortunately for us, we've had that scenario happen several times. The good news is that we're in this game. The bad news is we can't get on the other side of them, and get that big hit to take us over the hump and get a big win."
Alvarez is facing the Phillies for the first time.
In that initial matchup, he'll try to help the Marlins avoid reaching triple-digit losses for the first time since they were 54-108 in 1998 and second time in franchise history. Miami has lost 13 of 18 but split its last six games.
Philadelphia hasn't dropped six in a row since a season-high, eight-game skid July 20-28. Miami hasn't earned back-to-back wins since a three-game streak to open this month.
|September 23, 2013||Roy Halladay||Day-to-Day||Right arm fatigue|
|September 14, 2013||Kyle Kendrick||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|August 30, 2013||Domonic Brown||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right Achilles|
|August 28, 2013||Cody Asche||Day-to-Day||Strained left hamstring|
|August 26, 2013||Casper Wells||15-Day DL||Vision complications|
|August 17, 2013||Michael Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left ankle|
|September 09, 2013||Jeff Mathis||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right thumb|
|September 08, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right foot and ankle|
|September 02, 2013||Henderson Alvarez||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight right hamstring|
|September 01, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Right ankle|
|August 19, 2013||Placido Polanco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|August 19, 2013||Placido Polanco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
MIAMI (AP) -- Without as much as a run-scoring hit, the Philadelphia Phillies put up enough offense to send the Miami Marlins to a milestone loss.
Darin Ruf and Kevin Frandsen drove in runs in the first inning, and the Phillies beat Miami 2-1 on Tuesday night to hand the Marlins their 100th loss of the season. Ruf drew a bases-loaded walk, Frandsen followed with an RBI groundout and that was all the offense that the Phillies would need.
The Phillies are now 6-47 this season when scoring two runs or less, and two of those wins are against the Marlins.
"It's more fun when we win," Phillies starter Zach Miner said.
Michael Stutes (3-1) got the win by working a scoreless fifth inning in relief, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 29th save in 36 chances.
It's the second triple-digit-loss season in Marlins history, joining the 108-defeat year in 1998. Mike Redmond , the first-year Marlins manager, was a rookie on that team, playing in 37 games.
"I don't think we're going to lose 100 games next year," Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich said. "No one thinks that way."
Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez (4-6) allowed five hits and struck out five in seven innings. Justin Ruggiano had two hits for Miami, one of them an RBI double where he was thrown out at third.
It was the 44th time this season the Marlins (58-100) have scored less than two runs. They're 2-42 in those games.
"I was trying to come up with something clever to say, when you lose your 100th game of the season," Redmond said. "All I could come up with is, at least it was by one run."
Alvarez gave up a one-out double to Jimmy Rollins in the first, then walked the next three batters - Chase Utley , Domonic Brown and finally Ruf, the last two of those free passes coming on 3-2 pitches, and the one to Ruf allowing Rollins to score. Frandsen's ground ball brought in Utley, and Alvarez got another grounder to escape without more trouble.
The Marlins answered in the second with a run off Miner. Giancarlo Stanton singled to start the inning, and scored on Ruggiano's double to left-center. But the relay from Brown to Rollins to Freddy Galvis caught Ruggiano trying to get to third, and the potential for a bigger inning ended there.
"That was big at the time," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "A runner would have been in scoring position, that came in handy. Jimmy got the throw right down there on the bag. Good alert play."
Miner left after working four innings, giving up four hits and striking out three.
He also got the second big-league hit of his career after an odd sequence - he fouled one off the backstop in the second inning and nearly hit teammate Cesar Hernandez , then lined the next pitch right up the box, narrowly missing Alvarez.
For the Marlins, the 100-loss mark was one that they were on pace for pretty much all season proved to ultimately be unavoidable.
"I wasn't sure what to expect coming in as far as the players and how many games we would lose, whatever," Redmond said. "Obviously, nobody wants to be a part of that. I guess if there was anybody who was prepared for this season out here, it was me - since I've been through it."
Those `98 Marlins finished 52 games back in the standings.
Five years later, the franchise won its second World Series.
"As we grow as an organization and get better and improve, we'll always remember where we started from," Redmond said. "That's something I remember from `98."
NOTES: Sandberg is now 19-18 as Philadelphia's manager. ... Phillies RHP Roy Halladay , who left Monday's game with arm fatigue, was not experiencing any pain Tuesday. "Classic dead arm. It happens," Sandberg said. ... LHP Cole Hamels (8-14, 3.62) makes his final start of the season for the Phillies on Wednesday against Miami LHP Brad Hand (1-1, 2.92). The Phillies haven't had a pitcher lose 15 games since Mark Leiter in 1997. ... Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (right forearm discomfort) threw a bullpen session that was intended to serve as a confidence booster heading into the offseason. He hasn't pitched in a game since July 25. ... Cameron Rupp got his second start of the season at catcher for the Phillies.