PHILADELPHIA — The Miami Marlins had been reeling since Giancarlo Stanton was struck in the face by a fastball on Thursday night. A four-run, ninth-inning rally against Jonathan Papelbon and the Philadelphia Phillies made them feel a lot better.
"It's probably the biggest win of the year for us," Miami manager Mike Redmond said after Sunday's 5-4 victory. "It's been very emotional the last few days. We needed a win."
Papelbon lost the lead and his cool. He grabbed his crotch as he walked to the dugout in the middle of the ninth and was ejected by crew chief Joe West.
Papelbon jogged out of the dugout and got into a face-to-face argument with West, who grasped the pitcher's jersey to hold him off, and Papelbon then argued with first base umpire Marty Foster. Papelbon threw a cup of liquid on the field before leaving the dugout.
"I told him 'You've got to go,'" West said. "And then he charged out of the dugout and his head bumped into my hat. And I grabbed him and I said, 'Get off of me.'
"The whole thing started because the fans booed him and he made an obscene gesture. He had no business doing that. He's got to be more professional than that. And that's why he was ejected."
Papelbon denied gesturing lewdly toward fans and said boos had no impact on him.
"This is baseball," Papelbon said. "I had to make an adjustment and I did it and by no means am I directing anything at any fans. . When I'm out there and in the moment, the fans are irrelevant to me. I don't see them. I don't hear them. To me, this is pretty stupid, to be totally honest with you.
"They pay money, they want to see a good game and they have the right to boo and do whatever they want to do, but when an umpire gets caught up in that and starts trying to look for extra things he may think are going on — just umpire the game."
Papelbon (2-3) had converted 14 straight save chances since July 22 when he entered with a 4-1 lead. He allowed five of his first six batters to reach, giving up Jarrod Saltalamacchia's double, Kike Hernandez's walk, Adeiny Hechavarria's infield single, Jordany Valdespin's RBI groundout, Christian Yelich's run-scoring infield single and pinch-hitter Justin Bour's tying single.
Papelbon blew a save for the fourth time in 41 chances this season. He had been 18 for 18 in career save chances against the Marlins.
"We needed a comeback. A win like today got us going in the right direction," Marlins starter Tom Koehler said.
Anthony DeSclafani (2-2) got the final out of the eighth for the win.
Steve Cishek walked Freddy Galvis leading off the bottom half and allowed Cody Asche's single, then struck out Ben Revere, Maikel Franco and Chase Utley for his 35th save in 39 chances. Revere and Utley took called third strikes.
"It got a little dicey in the ninth, but Cishek came through," Redmond said.
Franco's RBI single in the third put Philadelphia ahead, but Hernandez's homer tied the score in the fourth. The Phillies opened a 3-1 lead in the fourth on Domonic Brown's run-scoring, double-play grounder and Ruiz's RBI single, and Utley hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice in the eighth.
Phillies starter David Buchanan allowed one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings, Koehler gave up three runs — two earned — and seven hits in six innings.
"The guys have always stayed positive, regardless of our streak," Saltalamacchia said. "We need to finish strong, whether we make the playoffs or not."
Phillies: SS Jimmy Rollins sat out a sixth consecutive game and has not played since straining his left hamstring on Sept. 8.
Yelich slid on the warning track in left-center near the 387-foot sign for a sliding backhand catch of Ruiz's drive in the second.
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