PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies mashed their way to a three-game sweep of the Marlins on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Jorge Alfaro, Freddy Galvis and Rhys Hoskins each homered during a seven-run second inning in the 10-0 victory. Alfaro hit the Phillies' longest homer of the season, a 459-foot laser into the second deck in left field, Galvis supplied a two-run shot and Hoskins hit his record-setting 18th homer in just his 34th career game, as the Phillies improved to 14-12 since Aug. 18.
"This feels like a family here," Alfaro said. "That makes us try to play better. We have a good relationship in here. All the young guys are just trying to help the team win games."
The Marlins sat Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich to help them hit the reset button amid a 2-15 slide, but it did not snap the club from its funk. Marlins right-hander Vance Worley allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits in just 1 1/3 innings, while Phillies right-hander Jake Thompson pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.
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The Phillies no longer have the worst record in baseball. Prospects like Alfaro (the club's No. 5 per MLBPipeline.com), Hoskins (No. 6) and Nick Williams are a big reason why.
"It feels great," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "You can see it. There's a spark of energy that entered our lineup. We added Williams and Hoskins, and they've provided a real spark to the entire team. It lengthens out the lineup and everybody is competing now. They're responding and playing with a lot more energy."
Although Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday's 8-1 loss was the worst he's ever felt after a baseball game in his playing and coaching career -- largely due to Miami's effort -- he felt much better about Thursday's shutout defeat.
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"Tonight, I feel fine, honestly, a lot of good stuff," Mattingly said, noting a strong 3 2/3 innings of one-run ball from Javy Guerra, who entered in the second, and rookie Brian Anderson's three hits, which increased his average from .244 to .289 and his slugging percentage from .268 to .356.
"I didn't really have any problem with tonight, other than the outcome," Mattingly continued. "Those first few innings didn't go good, but after that, our guys kept playing, they kept fighting, so I had zero problems with that."
Easy runs: Worley got himself in trouble immediately in the first inning, when he put runners at the corners with one out. Cesar Hernandez then scored on a wild pitch, and Galvis later scored on a passed ball to hand the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
"Vance obviously gave us everything that he had," Mattingly said. "It didn't go very well, but I knew he'd compete and fight the whole night."
"Hoskins hit another one. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah about Hoskins. It's typical." -- Mackanin, on Hoskins homering again
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Hoskins is the fastest player in MLB history to hit 18 homers, needing just 34 career games to do it. He also has 39 RBIs, which are the most on record in 34 games. Jose Pujols, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Zeke Bonura are tied for second with 37.
PERKINS HITS FIRST CAREER HOMER
Phillies rookie Cameron Perkins hit his first career homer, a solo shot to left in the eighth.
"I really would like to have it," Perkins said of the home-run ball. "I have to bargain. I'll get Rhys to sign some balls. I'm sure the person that caught my home-run ball would love Rhys' autograph."
Marlins: Displaced by Hurricane Irma, Miami heads to Milwaukee where it will be the home team for a three-game set against the Brewers at Miller Park. Jose Urena (13-6, 3.61 ERA), who was initially slated to start Thursday's series finale against the Phillies, will instead start the series opener Friday at 8:10 p.m. ET.
Phillies: Phillies right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. (3-5, 4.84 ERA) faces A's right-hander Daniel Mengden (0-1, 7.07 ERA) on Friday night to open a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. It is Oakland's first time in Philadelphia since 2011.
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