Bryce Harper had one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday before JT Realmuto was intentionally walked.
Jean Segura took that personally.
A walk-off single from Tommy Nance led to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies (74-61) needed a spark after their three-game sweep against the host San Francisco Giants ended the wrong way, and they got one. They will look to continue their momentum when they host the Marlins again on Wednesday.
“When the game is on the line, I’m built for that kind of moment,” Segura said in a postgame interview on NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I’m going to go out there angry.”
Aside from Edmundo Sosa’s solo home run and Alec Boehm’s sacrifice fly, the Phillies struggled offensively.
Until Segura came along.
The Phillies are looking for their first playoff appearance since 2011.
“We have a long way to go,” Segura said. “We have to face a lot of good teams.”
Realmuto went 1-for-2 with two walks and was more impactful defensively, throwing out two runners trying to steal second.
“JT has been playing fantastic baseball,” interim manager Rob Thompson said. “He should be in the MVP conversation at this point. That’s how important he is to our ball club,” he said.
The Phillies will hand the ball to Bailey Falter (3-3, 4.08 ERA). In Falter’s last start, he allowed five hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Falter is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in four career games (one start) with the Marlins.
Miami will try to keep the Marlins’ momentum going as they are currently on an eight-game losing streak at 40-11. The Marlins haven’t scored more than two runs in a game since Aug. 26.
Brian Anderson had a solo sacrifice fly and two RBIs in Miami’s most recent loss, and Miguel Rojas continued to play well against the Phillies. But again it wasn’t enough to win.
“I felt like we hit good balls today,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. I can’t say that last week.
The Marlins received good news when Avisail Garcia returned from the injured list. Peyton Burdick was optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville to make room for the outfielder. Garcia, who has been out since Aug. 2, went 0-for-4 in his first start back.
John Bertim returned from a three-game absence with a hip injury and went 1-for-4.
On Wednesday, Trevor Rogers (4-10, 5.57) wants to help Miami get back into the win column. Rodgers gave up five hits and one run in six solid innings in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was previously out on backspam since July 25th.
“It felt good,” Rogers said after the last ride. “This is something I’ve been working hard on all year. I’m happy to go out and race again and not have to worry about anything mechanical.
Rodgers is 1-4 with a 7.05 ERA in eight career starts with the Phillies.
– Field level media