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Leiter takes no-no into 6th, dominates Marlins

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins' offense finally met its match on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies right-hander Mark Leiter dazzled over seven innings, allowing just one hit and two walks in an 8-0 victory over Miami. Leiter carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, when Miguel Rojas hit a leadoff double into the left-field corner. Statcast™ had the hit probability for Rojas' two-bagger at just four percent, which was no solace to Leiter. But he impressed nonetheless, especially after the Marlins had a combined 27 hits, 19 runs and six home runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies on Tuesday.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins' offense finally met its match on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies right-hander Mark Leiter dazzled over seven innings, allowing just one hit and two walks in an 8-0 victory over Miami. Leiter carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, when Miguel Rojas hit a leadoff double into the left-field corner. Statcast™ had the hit probability for Rojas' two-bagger at just four percent, which was no solace to Leiter. But he impressed nonetheless, especially after the Marlins had a combined 27 hits, 19 runs and six home runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies on Tuesday.

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"Just tried to command the strike zone and get ahead early," Leiter said. "They have a great lineup over there. The key is getting ahead and keeping guys off balance as much as you can and I think executing that was the game plan."

Video: Mark Leiter on no-hit bid vs Marlins

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he saw some of Leiter's father, former big league starter Mark Leiter Sr., in his son's outing Wednesday.

"He kind of kept us off-balance with his split, used his change some, got the ball, it looked like, to both sides of the plate a little bit. Kept us off-balance, and we never really got anything going," Mattingly said.

Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino allowed eight hits and six runs over 2 1/3 innings. Miami fell to 62-63 but stayed 5 1/2 games behind the Rockies, who lost to the Royals, for the second National League Wild Card spot.

Video: MIA@PHI: Nicolino whiffs Leiter in the 2nd

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Hoskins stays hot: Rhys Hoskins crushed a three-run home run into the second deck in left field to give the Phillies a 5-0 lead in the third inning. The ball traveled a projected 445 feet, tying Nick Williams' homer on Tuesday night for the Phillies' second-longest of the season. It was Hoskins' seventh homer in just 14 career games. Hoskins later hit a two-run double in the seventh to give him a career-high five RBIs.

"Those are one of the at-bats you have to tip your cap to him," Nicolino said. "As I think about it, I haven't looked at video, but he [passed] on some pretty good pitches for him just being up here this year. It's pretty impressive." More >

Video: MIA@PHI: Statcast™ measures Hoskins' 445-foot home run

Alfaro is streaking: Phillies rookie catcher Jorge Alfaro, who is the No. 69 prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline.com, doubled to left field to score a run in the third inning. Alfaro, who has his safely in each of his nine games this season, capped a five-run third inning against Nicolino that put the game well out of the Marlins' reach. He also caught his first career shutout.

"All the pitchers were hitting their spots," Alfaro said. "It's hard to call a game in the big leagues, but they make it easy. All the breaking balls were hitting their spots. It was really fun to catch them."

Video: MIA@PHI: Alfaro hits a double to score Franco

QUOTABLE
"I don't know who my favorite player is, either Leiter or Hoskins right now. I'm trying to make a decision on that. Right now they're about tied." -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, on the two players that led the Phillies to a win on Wednesday

Video: MIA@PHI: Hoskins doubles in two runs in the 6th

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Leiter did not allow a hit to the first 16 batters he faced. It was the longest no-hit bid by a Phillies pitcher since Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter in his last start with the Phillies on July 25, 2015, against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Leiter also matched his father's longest no-hit bid. Leiter Sr. pitched five no-hit innings against the Reds on July 26, 1995.

WHAT'S NEXT
Marlins: Former Phillies Draft pick Vance Worley takes the mound for Thursday's series finale at 1:05 p.m. ET. Worley will make his fifth start against the club that drafted him twice, in 2005 out of high school and in '08 as a junior at Long Beach State.

Phillies: Right-hander Jake Thompson will rejoin the Phillies rotation to pitch in Thursday's series finale against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. He allowed seven runs (two earned) in five innings in his last start on Aug. 2 against the Angels.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia who covered the Marlins on Wednesday.