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Friday, April 12th (All times Eastern)

Philadelphia Phillies (4-5) at Miami Marlins (1-8), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - John Lannan (0-0, 3.86) Miami - Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.97)

(Sports Network) - The Miami Marlins try to avoid a sixth straight loss on Friday evening when they open a three-game series with a Philadelphia Phillies squad that is looking to reach .500 on the young season.

The Marlins have been held to just eight runs over their current skid and were shut out twice in their recent three-game series versus the Atlanta Braves. Miami has been held without a run in four of its nine games this season.

Despite seven hits, including two by former Phillie Placido Polanco, the Marlins failed to cross the plate in Wednesday's 8-0 setback. Starter Alex Sanabia kept the Braves off the board through the first four innings, but gave up six runs in the fifth to end his outing.

"Really what we've been talking about the last few days, we're just not able to execute," said Miami manager Mike Redmond.

Redmond has used a different lineup in all nine games this season, but has yet to find one that has brought success. Miami's 1-8 record is its worst start since losing 11 of 12 to begin the 198 campaign.

Veteran Ricky Nolasco will try to get his club into the win column on Friday in his first home start of the season. The Marlins righty dropped a 2-0 decision to the Washington Nationals on April 1 in the season opener, then go a no-decision on Saturday versus the New York Mets.

Nolasco gave up three runs on six hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings. He didn't give up a homer against the Mets after giving up two in the loss to the Nats.

The 30-year-old is 8-5 lifetime versus the Phillies with a 3.86 earned run average in 18 games (15 starts).

Philadelphia comes in at 4-5 on the year and off its first series win of the campaign. After losing two of three to both the Braves and Kansas City Royals, the Phillies took the rubber match of their three-game set with the Mets 7-3 on Wednesday.

Chase Utley connected on a two-run homer and Domonic Brown capped a five-run first inning with a three-run shot. The Phillies have plated 25 runs over their last four games and have gone deep six times in the past two after connecting on just four homers over the first seven contests of the season.

Laynce Nix added a pinch-hit two-run homer in the sixth, while Kyle Kendrick picked up the win after allowing two runs over six innings.

"These last four or five games, we've been going out there and just swinging," said Phils first baseman Ryan Howard. "Keep going out there, swinging and putting the ball in play, good things happen."

John Lannan hopes that is the case tonight as he makes his second start with the Phillies.

The lefty was solid in his debut with the club last Saturday, yielding three runs on five hits over seven innings without a walk. He also struck out five, but did not get a decision as he exited the game trailing 3-1. Philadelphia rallied for a win with a three-run double by Kevin Frandsen in the bottom of the ninth.

Lannan, 28, is 3-5 with a 5.04 ERA in 11 career meetings with the Marlins.

The Phillies have won the season series with the Marlins in each of the previous three years, winning 10 of 18 in 2012. However, they went just 4-5 in Miami.

04/12 10:31:57 ET

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Scoreboard
NBA
Final
ORL 100
MIL 115
Final
IND 103
NYK 82
Final
MEM 99
DEN 69
3rd
LAL 69
CHI 56
 
Final
PROV 83
DEP 72
Final
RUTG 51
MSU 71
Final
ARMY 71
BU 67
 
Final
RFLSH 75
BRY 68
 
Final
MERC 75
CHAT 72
 
Final
LIU 67
CCST 55
 
Final
TOWS 74
COC 70
 
Final
UMASS 66
DAY 64
Final
FUR 59
ETST 55
 
Final
ODU 71
FIU 56
Final
RMU 87
FD 65
 
Final
CHAR 86
FATL 61
Final
LIB 53
HIGH 72
 
Final
UNF 86
KNST 67
 
Final
FLGC 78
LIP 62
 
Final
OSU 80
MD 56
Final
Terriers 73
MNTER 67
 
Final
STET 85
NKENTUCKY 75
 
Final
WAGN 75
SHU 64
 
Final
GMAS 68
STLU 60
 
Final
JVU 65
USCU 78
 
Final
VMI 70
WCU 85
 
Final
LATU 69
WKENT 56
Final
UNCG 42
WOFF 58
 
Final
DET 93
YOUNG 87
 
Final
GSOUT 83
APP 46
 
Final
TENNM 81
EILL 51
 
Final
GHND 64
HC 54
 
Final
CIN 70
UCONN 58
Final
NDST 61
DEN 54
 
Final
SD 55
MAST 66
 
Final
UWMIL 71
ILLCH 65
 
Final
BEL 103
JVST 82
 
Final
SMISS 54
MARS 69
Final
TXSA 69
MTST 58
Final
PETE 49
RIDE 58
 
Final
SEMIZ 61
SIUE 75
 
Final
TENST 64
TENT 56
 
Final
NDAK 60
WEBER 67
 
Final
SALA 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
ARKST 65
ARKLR 75
 
Final
TROY 55
LAMON 58
 
Final
TXARL 74
UGST 88
 
Final
MURST 85
EKENT 78
 
Final
NCOL 79
IDST 76
 
Final
MIZZ 53
KENT 69
Final
GONZ 64
PORT 46
Final
UTEP 71
UAB 69
Final
GRCN 78
UMKC 57
 
Final
WLVRN 78
CHIST 62
 
4th
USC 73
COL 73
 
2nd
UCI 65
CPSL 57
 
2nd
CSNO 68
HAW 78
 
Final
PAC 43
PEPP 50
 
2nd
SDU 54
SCU 45
 
2nd
UCD 70
UCSB 64
 
2nd
UCLA 60
UTAH 50
 
Final
PORST 54
MONT 73
 
Final
SACST 75
MNTST 59
 
2nd
CSFU 52
LBSU 46
 
2nd
GAELS 50
LMU 42
 
1st
WASU 37
CAL 37
 
Half
BYU 34
USF 30
 
Final
NYI 2
BOS 5
Final
NYR 0
MON 1
Final
PHI 5
WIN 2
Final
TOR 1
ARI 3
Final
FLA 3
CLB 2
Final
TAM 5
DET 1
Final
STL 5
NAS 4
Final
CAL 0
MIN 1
Final
EDM 3
BUF 2
 
2nd Intermission
SJS 6
ANA 1