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Without Stanton, Marlins offense struggles

Saturday - 4/13/2013, 12:42am  ET

Miami Marlins' Ricky Nolasco pitches to the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Miami, Friday, April 12, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Marlins' offense struggled without injured star Giancarlo Stanton on Friday.

Chase Utley's go-ahead triple in the 10th inning off Jon Rauch gave the Phillies a 3-1 win over Miami and dropped the Marlins to 1-9 on the season.

Miami is off to the poorest start by a big league team since Baltimore and Houston lost nine of their first 10 games in 2010, according to STATS.

The Marlins, held to four singles by John Lannan and four relievers, are batting .209 with just two home runs and 15 extra-base hits.

"We have to keep grinding, get on the other side of this thing and get that confidence back," manager Mike Redmond said.

Stanton was a late scratch with a sore left shoulder. He said he would undergo an MRI on Saturday and possibly miss several days.

With ice bandaged around the left shoulder, Stanton said he had been bothered by soreness since last weekend in New York, where he made a diving catch of Kirk Nieuwenhuis' sinking liner last Saturday.

"I wasn't sure if it was the weather or that dive, but it was escalating," Stanton said.

Stanton said he took some swings in batting practice before Friday night's game but, "I didn't like it."

Although hitting .167 with no home runs or RBIs through the first nine games, Stanton's big-swing potential was missed against Philadelphia.

Ben Revere singled with one out in the 10th and Utley tripled into the right-field corner.

Ryan Howard was intentionally walked, and Michael Young hit a hard grounder up the middle that shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria gloved with a dive. He flipped the ball to second baseman Donovan Solano, who missed stepping on the base as Utley scored on the infield hit.

"I didn't do my job, and I let my team down -- plain and simple," Rauch (0-1) said.

Phillippe Aumont (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for his first major league win, and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his second save.

The crowd of 17,923 was up from 13,810 Wednesday, a record low for the ballpark that opened last year.

Ricky Nolasco, at $11.5 million the only high-salaried Marlins player to survive an offseason payroll purge, allowed one run and seven hits in six innings.

Doubles by Howard and Domonic Brown put the Phillies ahead in the sixth. Miami ended a 15-inning scoreless streak in the bottom half when Juan Pierre was hit by a pitch and scored on a two-out single by Placido Polanco.

NOTES: The 1998 Marlins got off to a 1-11 start. ... The Phillies began a stretch of 17 straight games without a scheduled day off. ... Philadelphia reliever Antonio Bastardo struck out the side in the seventh. ... Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) threw off the mound (15 pitches) for the first time since starting the season the disabled list. ... Miami RHP Jose Fernandez is to make his first career home start on Saturday. He'll oppose LHP Cole Hamels. The 20-year-old Fernandez didn't get a decision in his major league debut on Sunday at the New York Mets.


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