Laynce Nix ran a bad route to stop a line drive in right field that turned into a triple, Kevin Frandsen couldn't glove a hard hit ball to first base in the ninth and Chase Utley bobbled a ball he could have thrown home to nail Placido Polanco at the plate in a frustrating 2-1 walk-off loss in Miami.
With the game tied 1-1, Phillippe Aumont walked Polanco to start the ninth and, a batter later, Greg Dobbs hit one hard to first base. Frandsen had entered the game as a pinch-hitter and replaced Howard at first. He couldn't field the ball, which bounced up and into right field. By the time Utley tracked it down there were runners on the corners.
After striking out Austin Kearns, Aumont had two strikes on Phillie-killer Chris Coghlan, who grounded a ball to a drawn-in Utley. Utley just couldn't glove it cleanly. A good throw would have had Polanco at the plate.
The Phillies' bats were absolutely silent against Marlins rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez, who will not be fun to face in the years before Jeffrey Loria sells him off. Fernandez allowed just two singles and struck out five over six shutout innings.
The Phils scored their lone run in the seventh when second baseman Donovan Solano threw a ball into the stands. It was a sure-fire double play on Erik Kratz -- who has driven in just two of 25 baserunners -- but Solano rushed it and the dead ball allowed Domonic Brown to score.
For the second straight night, the Phillies went with Antonio Bastardo and Mike Adams after their starting pitcher exited. For the second straight night, Bastardo was perfect and Adams did his job. But leadoff walks kill you, and that will be a problem throughout Aumont's career.
Frandsen's ball and Utley's ball in the ninth each could have been ruled errors. They weren't. Nix made a terrific diving catch early in the game but his route in the fifth on Adeiny Hechavarria's triple was abysmal.
Cole Hamels had a great night, allowing no hits through 4.2 innings and finishing with a line of: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. The mistake that cost him was a fastball right down the middle to the pitcher Fernandez, who sharply singled in between third and short to score Hechavarria.
The Phillies are 5-6. They're 4-for-20 with runners in scoring position in this series.
Roy Halladay (0-2, 14.73) takes on Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.19) in Sunday's finale.