PHILADELPHIA -- Ichiro Suzuki and Giancarlo Stanton provided a potent 1-2 punch Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park.Guess whose homer in the seventh inning of the 12-8 victory over the Phillies in Game 1 of a doubleheader traveled farther? Suzuki's pinch-hit, three-run home run to right-center field against Phillies right-hander Aaron
PHILADELPHIA -- Ichiro Suzuki and Giancarlo Stanton provided a potent 1-2 punch Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park.
Guess whose homer in the seventh inning of the 12-8 victory over the Phillies in Game 1 of a doubleheader traveled farther? Suzuki's pinch-hit, three-run home run to right-center field against Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola traveled a projected 432 feet, according to Statcast™. It gave the Marlins a three-run lead. Stanton followed two batters later with a solo homer to right field to make it a four-run lead, driving Nola from the game. Stanton's homer traveled 346 feet. It was his 46th of the season.
It also was Stanton's 13th homer in August, the most any Marlins player has hit in any month.
Miami carried that momentum into Game 2, winning, 7-4, to sweep the doubleheader and return to .500 with a record of 62-62.
"Ich's homer was huge I thought, it kind of freed us up in there to go in a little different direction," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We were able to hang on there without having to use our true back-end [bullpen] guys. Giancarlo and [Marcell] Ozuna and J.T. [Realmuto] obviously made it a lot more comfortable at the end of the game."
Suzuki even showed bunt on the first pitch of the at-bat.
"With Ichiro you don't really feel like he's going to get doubled up so you take a chance for him to swing the bat," Mattingly said. There was no bunt play on with two runners on. "You don't expect that, but you take a chance for him to swing the bat because you really don't feel like he's going to get doubled up."
Nola allowed seven earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. They were the most runs he had allowed in a start since he allowed eight in three innings in Minnesota on June 21, 2016. Nola had not allowed more than two runs in 10 consecutive starts from June 22-Aug. 12, posting a 1.71 ERA in that stretch. He has allowed 12 runs in 11 1/3 innings in two starts since.
"Getting balls up," Nola said about his recent struggles. "Getting behind in the count. Leadoff walks, not getting the leadoff guy out every inning. I think that's hurt me."
J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth. It handed the Marlins a 12-5 lead, but they needed the cushion. Tommy Joseph hit a solo homer -- his first homer since July 28 -- and Andres Blanco hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
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Two hits, two runs:Rhys Hoskins and Cameron Rupp got the Phillies' only two hits in six innings against Marlins right-hander Dan Straily, but they were enough to keep the game tied at 3-3 entering the seventh. Hoskins hit a two-run homer to center field in the first inning to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. It was his sixth homer in 12 career games. Rupp hit a solo homer in the fifth. It was his third homer in his last three games.
"Good to see Hoskins [hit]," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "Rupp hit most of his home runs in the second half last year, so hopefully he'll continue to do that."
Ozuna cinches it:Marcell Ozuna ripped a two-run homer to left field in the seventh against Phillies right-hander Jesen Therrien to give the Marlins a six-run lead. It was his 28th of the season. It also was one of 10 extra-base hits for the Marlins.
"I came out and I even told Don [Mattingly], 'If you need more--.' He said, 'You've done everything we've asked you to do today.' Then Ichiro comes in and hits for me and hits a three-run home run, and I looked back over at him and said, 'Yeah there's no shot I could have done that.' -- Marlins starting pitcher Dan Straily, on Ichiro's pinch-hit homer
"I'm not worried about him. He went on a streak of 10 starts where he was pretty darn good. He did get burned there, but we scored eight runs. So we had a chance to win." -- Mackanin, on Nola
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Statcast™ had never tracked a batted ball from Suzuki at more than 394 feet since it debuted in 2015.
Hoskins is the first Phillies rookie to homer six times in an eight-game span and the first Phillies player to do it since Domonic Brown homered eight times in eight games in May and June of 2013, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Replay overturned Hoskins' double in the first inning, making it his sixth home run in 12 games. The ball clearly left the ballpark, but bounced back onto the field after hitting a bush beyond the center-field fence.
Marlins: Miami hands their ERA-leader, righty Jose Urena (11-5, 3.61), the ball in Game 2 of Tuesday's twin bill looking to seal a doubleheader sweep for the Marlins. Urena has a career 7.02 ERA against the Phillies in just 16 2/3 innings.
Phillies: Right-hander Nick Pivetta (4-8, 6.25 ERA) will pitch Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Marlins. The Phillies optioned Pivetta to Triple-A Lehigh Valley last week after striking out a career-high 11 batters in five innings in San Diego. But he was recalled as the 26th man for the doubleheader.
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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Marlins on Tuesday.
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.