MIAMI -- The biggest inning of the season for the Marlins got going with a no-doubt blast. Cameron Maybin sent a home run onto the promenade level in the fifth inning, and the rest of the club responded.Brian Anderson tacked on a three-run homer, while Miguel Rojas and Justin Bour
MIAMI -- The biggest inning of the season for the Marlins got going with a no-doubt blast. Cameron Maybin sent a home run onto the promenade level in the fifth inning, and the rest of the club responded.
Brian Anderson tacked on a three-run homer, while Miguel Rojas and Justin Bour each collected two-run singles as the Marlins rode an eight-run fifth inning to defeat the Phillies, 10-5, on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park.
"It was crazy," said Anderson, the rookie right fielder who recorded three hits and finished the first half batting .288. "It started off with Cam's bomb. That got us going. Then it just seemed like we were getting our pitches and hitting them."
Miami's biggest outburst of the season got rolling against right-hander Enyel De Los Santos, who was named the starter on Saturday night after Zach Eflin (blister) went on the disabled list.
Behind their big inning, the Marlins ended their first half by taking two of three from the National League East-leading Phillies, and four of six on the homestand.
"There's been a ton of growth, especially with the young guys," All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto said. "I've seen them gaining confidence every day. Guys are playing really well. We're heading in the right direction."
The Marlins enter the All-Star break at 41-57, but they have won five of their last seven series.
"We're gaining an identity," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "The only thing not to like is our record. We've got a young team that's growing, moving and building. You still think there are games on the table. Hopefully, we just keep getting better."
The eight runs on eight hits in the fifth are the most runs by the club since pushing across nine in the fourth inning at Texas on July 26, 2017. The last time the Marlins scored as many as eight runs in an inning at Marlins Park came when they racked up 10 on 10 hits against the Red Sox in the sixth inning on Aug. 12, 2015.
"We're just coming together as a group," Anderson said. "We're starting to find a more consistent lineup. Guys are starting to get their rhythm."
Big innings underscored the game.
It was the Phillies that struck for five runs in the fourth inning off Marlins starter Jose Urena. Maikel Franco and Scott Kingery collected back-to-back RBI singles, and with two outs, Cesar Hernandez delivered a bases-clearing triple on a 1-2 slider.
In the fifth, the Marlins sent 13 to the plate. Maybin homered with one out and Anderson delivered an opposite-field, three-run homer. With two outs, Rojas' two-run single gave Miami the lead. Bour added on with a two-run single off lefty Adam Morgan, the third pitcher used by the Phillies in the inning.
The Marlins tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning on a passed ball and Realmuto's sacrifice fly.
"That's the M.O. of this team," Realmuto said. "Even when we get down, in the dugout, we feel like we've got a chance. Even getting down five-nothing early, we felt like we had a chance. Cam kick-started us a little bit. That was huge."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Urena's 42-pitch fourth inning forced a quick exit for Miami's Opening Day starter. But the bullpen stepped in and threw five no-hit, shutout innings. All four of Philadelphia's hits came in the fourth inning.
Rookie Elieser Hernandez settled things with a perfect fifth and was credited with the win. Javy Guerra yielded a walk and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings, while Adam Conley worked 1 1/3 innings with a strikeout. Rookie Ben Meyer struck out two in a clean ninth in a non-save situation.
"The bullpen was really good," Mattingly said. "I think Elieser coming in and getting a shutdown right away -- I really wanted two out of him, but we scored. So all of a sudden we have Javy in. ... Everybody got the right outs."
The Marlins used rookie starter Pablo Lopez as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning because Miami was down to only one position player left, backup catcher John Holaday. Lopez delivered a single, becoming the first Miami pitcher to pick up a pinch-hit since Jose Fernandez's two-run double on July 1, 2016, at Atlanta.
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Maybin left little doubt on his second home run of the season. With one out in the fifth inning, the veteran outfielder crushed a towering homer to left off De Los Santos. Per Statcast™, the home run projected at 429 feet, with an exit velocity of 108.2 mph and a launch angle of 27 degrees.
HE SAID IT
"With our young pitchers and young players, it's going to be really exciting to see the second-half mentality from this young core of players." -- Martin Prado
The Marlins open their second half at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday against the Rays, and they are going with right-hander Dan Straily in the series opener. Straily, who missed most of April after opening the season on the DL, has gotten sharper. In three July starts, his ERA is 2.84. Tampa Bay will counter with former Marlins pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.
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