Conley's 6 strong, HRs lead Marlins past Phils

May 17th, 2016

PHILADELPHIA -- Marcell Ozuna may have been knocked down in his collision with Giancarlo Stanton on Sunday, but the Marlins' center fielder definitely refuses to be taken out of the lineup. Ozuna and Justin Bour each homered on Monday, and Adam Conley allowed one run in six innings as Miami defeated the Phillies, 5-3, at Citizens Bank Park.

Ozuna has hit safely in 16 games, matching a career high. Conley, who threw 94 pitches, struck out five, leading the Marlins to their third straight win. Miami is now four games over .500 (21-17) for the second time this year. They were 16-12 on May 6.

• HRs cover missed chances in Marlins' win

"[Ozuna] gets us on the board early with the home run, and Justin gets us one," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We get a sac fly. We kind of kept tacking runs on, but we had a chance to put a bunch up. Obviously, we had enough."

Both teams had their chances, as the Marlins left 12 on base and were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The Phillies stranded 10 and went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

• Tweak in Eickhoff's delivery ups velocity

The Phillies threatened to get back into it in the seventh inning, and pushed across an unearned run against reliever Kyle Barraclough. Odubel Herrera started the rally with a one-out single off the right shin of Barraclough, who went down but continued after tossing some warmup pitches. With the bases loaded, Carlos Ruiz's fielder's choice grounder to short made it 5-2.

• Conley contains runners, delivers quality outing


Conley back on course: Rebounding from a rough start on May 10 against the Brewers, Conley got back on track in his six-inning outing, giving up one run while striking out five. The southpaw also managed the opposition's running game better than his previous time out, when Milwaukee stole four bases against him. In the fifth inning, with the score, 2-1, Conley went to his slide-step delivery with Herrera on first base and struck out Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco before getting Carlos Ruiz on a flyout to center.

"I'm trying to get to a place to where I'm throwing pitches to hitters that they don't want to hit," Conley said. "You've got to be in good counts to do that. You've got to be ahead of guys. You've got to pitch in, and you've got to do a lot of things to set yourself up for that."

Goeddel stays hot: Phillies outfielder Tyler Goeddel's second-inning single extended his hitting streak to four games. His fourth-inning liner drove in the Phillies' first run, and his sixth-inning double gave him the first three-hit game of his career. Goeddel finished the night 3-for-4, and over his last seven games -- of which he's recorded a hit in six of them -- the 23-year-old Rule 5 pick is 9-for-24.

"The more playing time he gets, the better he looks," manager Pete Mackanin said. "Originally, he didn't really have hardly any good at-bats, but I decided to play him a bit more, because I knew he had to be a better hitter than he showed early."

• Joseph collects first Major League hit vs. Marlins

Joseph's first hit: It only took Tommy Joseph until his second Major League plate appearance to reach base for the first time. But that was a walk -- followed by a run scored -- against the Reds in his Major League debut on Friday. It took a little longer for him to record his first MLB hit. On an 0-1 count in the sixth inning of Monday's game, Joseph ripped a slider right up the middle into center field. His walk, however, came to more fruition than his hit, as Joseph was doubled up on a Freddy Galvis grounder the next play.

Ozuna hit streak at 16: Ozuna entered Monday night a little sore from Sunday's collision with Stanton, and he's battling a head cold. But that didn't stop the Marlins' center fielder from continuing to hit. With two outs in the second inning, Ozuna crushed a home run to left center. It was a no doubt shot, projected by Statcast™ at 447 feet with an exit velocity of 111 mph.

"[Eickhoff] was trying to go low and away, and it came right back over the plate," Mackanin said.

After his collision on Sunday and the cold he's dealing with, it's impressive Ozuna is even in the lineup for the Marlins.

"I'm just trying to make good contact," Ozuna said. "When I hit the ball hard, that comes."


"[Franco] hit the ball a little too high. Obviously, he's dangerous. And you know Ryan [Howard] is on deck over there, and our guy is on his third day in a row. You know he's kind of out of gas. So you're kind of holding your breath in that inning, especially when the first couple of guys get on." -- Mattingly, on Franco's long sacrifice fly to the warning track with two on in the ninth and Miami closer A.J. Ramos being used the third straight day


Marlins: In the middle game of the three-game set, Wei-Yin Chen (3-1, 4.40) starts for the Marlins on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET at Citizens Bank Park. This is Chen's second time facing the Phillies this season. The lefty gave up four runs in five innings in a no-decision on May 6.

Phillies:Vince Velasquez (4-1, 2.70) makes his second start against the Marlins in his last three outings on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET. He allowed four runs in six innings last time against Miami and followed it up with six shutout innings against the Braves, before he fell apart in the seventh, giving up four runs without recording an out.

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