Awful, disspiriting, and a little scary, the Philadelphia Phillies saw their seven game win streak come to an end, suffering a 14-8 defeat at the hand of the Florida Marlins, now winners of nine straight.
Things started bad, with starter Brett Myers coughing up five runs in the first inning. The Phillies briefly took a 6-5 lead in the 5th on Ryan Howard's 46th homer, only to see the Marlins retake the lead for good in the bottom of the 5th, putting six runs on the board and never looking back. Myers was tagged for 10 earned runs over four innings pitched.
In other meaningful playoff games, the Milwaukee Brewers were slain by the Cincinnati Reds, 11-2, and the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 9-5.
At this moment, the Mets sit atop the NL East by a half game over the Phillies, and the Phillies lead the Brewers in the Wild Card race by two games. The surging Marlins now sit 4 1/2 games behind the Phillies in the Wild Card race.