Phillies drop series in Miami, will play next 11 games at home

Cole Hamels has stopped pitching and will rest, hoping to continue rehabbing his "dead arm" in one week's time. Credit: Getty Images
Cole Hamels struck out six in seven quality innings during Thursday afternoon’s 4-3 loss to the Marlins. Credit: Getty Images

Cole Hamels had really good stuff Thursday afternoon, but the Phillies wasted a good outing from the lefty in a 4-3 walk-off loss to the Marlins.

The game was a pitchers duel until the sixth and seventh innings, when the Marlins struck for three runs to take a 3-0 lead.

The Phillies came back, like they have so many times this season, using a Ryan Howard sacrifice fly and Marlon Byrd two-run homer in the eighth to tie the game at 3-3.

But the Phillies bullpen played the same tune, this time Jake Diekman was the guilty party, giving up a walk-off single to Christian Yelich.

The Phillies lost the series 2-1

Phillies back in town for 11-game homestand

A Baseball season is a marathon not a sprint, and the Phillies will look to have short memories as they start a season-long 11-game homestand Friday when Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers come to town for three.

The Phillies, 20-24, will have to face one of the top starters in the National League in Kershaw to open the series Friday, countering with Roberto Hernandez. In Game No. 2, Dan Haren will face whomever the Phillies choose to call up to fill the rotation spot left open by injured Cliff Lee, and in the 1:35 Sunday game Josh Beckett will take on A.J. Burnett.

The Phillies have a sub-.500 record at home and will need to take advantage of their time in Philadelphia to climb back up the standings — they currently trail the first-place Braves by 4.5 games.

But to pick up any ground in the division, they will need a better performance from their bullpen, which ranks near the bottom in every category in the majors.

After the Dodgers leave town the Phillies will host the Rockies for a mid-week trio of games before the Mets arrive for an extended five-game series (making up for a rainout earlier this spring).


Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.


Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…


OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…


MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.


Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."


'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.


'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."


TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.


Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.


Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…


NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.


The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.