Florida Marlins Bullpen Falters Late, Loses Game

Brian KarpelContributor IJuly 28, 2010

CHICAGO - MAY 12: Dan Uggla #6 of the Florida Marlins is left with a broken bat after a hit in the 8th inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Marlins 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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On a night where Josh Johnson fell short of history and Dan Uggla hit two home runs, the Marlins lost ground in the Wild Card hunt. They also lost out on an opportunity to gain ground on first-place Atlanta.

Johnson's bid to eclipse Mike Scott's record of consecutive starts without allowing more than two runs ended at 13 last night. Three runs would be all JJ would allow on this night. His league leading ERA increased to 1.72.

Dan Uggla and Cody Ross supplied the offense for the Marlins. Ross went deep in the fifth with Wes Helms aboard, Uggla would homer twice. He hit solo shots in the seventh (to tie the score at three) and again in the ninth.

Johnson was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth, a move that proved costly.

Brian Sanches came in to a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the inning and was greeted by a tie-breaking shot to centerfield by Juan Uribe.

After Travis Ishikawa grounded to Gaby Sanchez for the first out, Aaron Rowand singled to center. Edgar Renteria, who struck out to end Monday's game, homered to left to give the Giants a 6-3 lead.

Add Uggla's blast in the top of the ninth and there's the ball game. 

Combined with the Mets 8-3 win over the Cardinals, the Marlins find themselves back in fourth place in the National League East, six-and-a-half behind the Braves.

The loss also puts them six-and-a-half behind the Wild Card leading Giants.

The Marlins fell into seventh place in the Wild Card standings courtesy of the Mets win as well. They also lost ground on the Phillies, Dodgers, and Reds (who are now tied for the Central Division lead with the Cardinals). The Rockies lost their seventh straight and are now tied with the Mets for sixth, a game ahead of Florida.

Alex Sanabia faces Jonathan Sanchez in game three of this critical four-game set tonight. 

Chris Coghlan's freak injury during Sunday's post-game shaving cream celebration could cost him the rest of the season. 

Surgery will definitely be required to repair the tear in the meniscus in his left knee.  He will be heading back to South Florida on Thursday or Friday to have it further examined. 

If the doctor's determine that surgery can be put off without any further damage, he could continue to play. If it can't be postponed, he will miss at least six to eight weeks. 

This could end Coghlan's season.