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Marlins' Tom Koehler shuts down Phillies while awaiting fatherhood

MIAMI -- Tom Koehler and his wife Ashley have been holding out hope she would give birth to the couple's first child, a girl they plan to name Riley, before the Marlins hit the road Friday to start a nine-game road trip.

All Marlins manager Mike Redmond was hoping for was that Riley, due Saturday, wouldn't come calling in the middle of Koehler's start Wednesday night.

Apparently, everyone will get their wish.

After tossing six scoreless innings in the Marlins' 5-0 win over the Phillies, Koehler left Marlins Park immediately after the game with the birth imminent.

Casey McGehee, Ed Lucas and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were the hitting stars, leading Miami to its first back-to-back wins since June 10.

The Marlins had 13 shutouts last year. They have 10 already this season.

McGehee and Lucas -- who had the walk-off hit in Tuesday night's 11-inning win over the Phillies -- singled, doubled, scored a run and drove a run in to help stake Koehler to an early 3-0 lead.

Saltalamacchia then drilled his eight home run of the season -- a two-run bomb to left field off Mario Hollands -- adding a pair of insurance runs in the eighth.

That turned out to be more than enough to help Koehler to his first win since June 4, raising his record to 6-6. Koehler struck out seven and allowed only three hits and a walk on 91 pitches, dropping his ERA down to 3.48.

The night didn't start off looking good for Koehler.

He gave up back-to-back singles to Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins to start the game, and the Phillies had runners on second and third with nobody out after Rollins stole second. But Koehler fought back to strike out Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd and then got Ryan Howard to ground out to second.

Koehler retired 15 in a row until giving up a walk to pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. and a single to Revere to open the sixth. But once again, Koehler worked himself out of trouble, ending the inning by getting Byrd to fly out to deep right field.

It was the fifth time this season Koehler pitched at least six innings and didn't give up a run, but the first time he had done it since May 17.

McGehee, meanwhile, became the first Marlins player since 2011 to have at least 100 hits before the All-Star break.

He opened the fourth inning by extending his hitting streak to nine games before scoring on Donovan Solano's bases-loaded single to right. After Lucas doubled home Christian Yelich to open the fifth, McGehee crushed a Cole Hamels pitch off the base of the wall in left field for a double, producing his 49th RBI of the season.

Although he doesn't rank among the top five vote-getters in the National League at his position, McGehee entered the night leading all third basemen in the senior circuit in batting average, hits, RBI, on-base percentage and fielding percentage. He has also now reached base safely in 26 consecutive games.

--Brad Penny made his first minor-league appearance Wednesday for the Marlins and didn't pitch all that great, giving up seven hits and four runs in 4 2/3 innings.

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