Left-hander Andrew Heaney, who began the season as Miami's top prospect, certainly lived up to that billing in his Major League debut on June 19. He gave up only one run on four hits in six strong innings at Marlins Park.
Heaney's lone mistake was one many pitchers make: David Wright took the rookie deep on a 2-2 fastball that proved to be the difference in a 1-0 loss to the Mets.
"Heaney did a nice job. He gave us a chance, kept us in the game," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "One pitch to a really good hitter that he hit for a home run, and that was it. Other than that, he executed his pitches."
As Heaney prepares for his encore, Miami will have to deal with Phillies right-hander David Buchanan, who confounded the Cardinals on June 19. He surrendered only one run on four hits in 7 2/3 innings against the defending National League champs.
"I think he rose to the occasion," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He has that kind of makeup and that kind of character. He seems to be showing improvement and he seems to be adjusting as he's gone along. It looks like he's growing out there."
Buchanan's gem resulted in a fourth straight victory for Philadelphia, which had not won that many games in a row since claiming five straight from June 2-6 last season. But after going 9-2 from June 10-20, the Phillies have now dropped three straight.
And the battle will not get any easier. Miami has finally overcome a dreadful road start to begin 2014 -- winning 10 of its past 15 road games after beginning the year 3-15 away from home.
The Marlins sit only 2 1/2 games out of first place in the NL East while Philadelphia's six-game deficit is the smallest for any last-place club in the Majors. Both teams have losing records within the division and need to right the ship in order to gain ground.
Phillies: Nothing rarer than an error
Philadelphia committed two errors in Monday night's 4-0 loss to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, snapping a streak of 10 consecutive games without a fielding miscue. The stretch matched a season-long streak that lasted from April 16-25.
It's the second time in franchise history that the Phillies have completed two different streaks of 10 or more games without an error in one season, previously accomplishing the feat in 1967. They had errorless streaks of 11 games (May 3-16) and 10 games (Sept. 8-17) that year.
The Reds and Marlins, who extended their own active streak to 10 straight games on Monday night, are the only other teams to go 10 or more games without a fielding error in the Majors this year.
Marlins: McGehee raking on the road
Third baseman Casey McGehee finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs on Monday night, extending his hitting streak to 14 games at locations other than Marlins Park. He is batting .435 (27-for-62) with 10 RBIs during the streak.
Since McGehee's road hitting streak began on May 15, only Angels outfielder Mike Trout's .449 clip away from home is better than McGehee's numbers. McGehee was batting just .200 (14-for-70) outside of Miami before the streak began.
• Miami's Reed Johnson leads the Majors with 11 hits off the bench this season. The veteran is batting .393 (11-for-28) in a pinch-hitting role.
• Philadelphia's bullpen gave up two unearned runs in three innings on Monday night, lowering its Major League-leading ERA since June 3 to 1.02 in 44 1/3 frames.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.