MIAMI - Charlie Manuel has had enough with the Phillies' flailing offense.

On another day when his ace pitched well enough to win, he watched the bats fail inning after inning. The Phillies left 10 runners on base Sunday.

By RYAN LAWRENCE

MIAMI - Charlie Manuel has had enough with the Phillies' flailing offense.

On another day when his ace pitched well enough to win, he watched the bats fail inning after inning. The Phillies left 10 runners on base Sunday.

The result: A 3-2 loss in 11 innings to the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium.

"Our situational hitting is absolutely terrible," Manuel said. "Off the charts, really."

"He's pretty much right. We haven't done a good job," leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins said. "Shoot, that's obvious. It's not like he's telling you guys anything new."

With a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, Cole Hamels gave up a solo home run to Cody Ross. In the 11th, Clay Condrey leaded the bases before allowing a bases-loaded, game-ending single to Jorge Cantu off the left-center field wall.

There was no finger pointing at the pitching after the game, not when the offense has scored four runs or less in 19 of the Phils' last 27 games.

The offensive funk is becoming more and more of an issue, even though the Phils somehow still rank fourth in majors and second in the National League with 492 runs scored.

"They must have all been early," Rollins said when told of those stats.

The building frustration has stemmed more from an inability to capitalize on scoring chances. The Phils had plenty of opportunities Sunday.

After three of their first four batters greeted Marlins

starter Josh Johnson with singles in the first inning - Ryan Howard's single put the Phils ahead, 1-0 - the next two hitters, Pat Burrell and Geoff Jenkins, couldn't get the ball out of the infield, stranding two runners.

In the third, Howard scored another run with an RBI double. Burrell walked to give the Phils a chance to continue the two-out rally, but Jenkins struck out looking. Two more runners stranded.

The Phillies left three more on base in the seventh and two in the 11th.

"I think the guys might be trying too hard," Manuel said. "And it seems like when you remind them, if you tell a guy, 'Make sure you get him over,' all of a sudden they don't do it.

"It's like if they start thinking about it, they don't get done ... It's just called execution, and hitting the ball in the right place. When we don't do that, it's going to be hard for us to win."

The loss drops the Phillies into a first-place tie with the Mets in National League East, who defeated Cincinnati, 7-5. The second-place Marlins are half-game behind the leaders.

The Phils are off today, then begin a three-game series with the Mets in New York Tuesday night.

"Every game counts," Shane Victorino said. "Here we go, let's strap it on and get ready to fight. I'm sure the people at Shea will be happy."

The Phillies began their comeback journey at capturing the N.L. East this time last summer, when they reeled off eight straight wins against the Mets.

However, the manager pointed out, the Phillies aren't fielding the same team.

"People don't realize, but we have a different lineup than we had last year," Manuel said. "We have different people, and just one guy makes a difference. If everyone hits like they're expected to, we should be all right."

Again, Manuel didn't single out players, and even put the responsibility on himself to "do something that's going to make us get it done."

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