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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Hef outing spoiled by letdown

By Adam Rubin

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Jeremy Hefner took a hard-luck loss Tuesday after taking a scoreless effort into the ninth.

MIAMI -- Probably unfairly, Jeremy Hefner suggested he had no one to blame for Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins but himself.

Hefner, bidding for his first career shutout, surrendered a pair of baserunners to open the ninth inning and departed with runners on the corners. Brandon Lyon allowed both inherited runners to score in the walk-off loss, which actually dropped Hefner to 0-3 this season.

"I go back to what the definition of a starting pitcher, what their job is supposed to do," Hefner said. "They're supposed to go out and throw nine innings every time out and give the team a chance to win. I did most of that. I wish I could have finished it off. They got a run for me, and that's my responsibility to go out there and finish the game off."

Hefner was at 99 pitches after eight innings and Terry Collins noted he merited going out for the ninth.

"They asked if I wanted to go back out and finish it and I said, 'Let's do it,'" Hefner said. "I had every intention. I was just as aggressive."

Said catcher Anthony Recker: "He didn't deserve those runs or that loss."