MIAMI -- Solo home runs, they say, don't usually beat you. Nick Pivetta was reminded of that on Wednesday afternoon, as the right-hander surrendered a pair of homers, and little else over 5 1/3 innings and the Phillies' did the rest, rolling to a 10-3 win over the Marlins at
MIAMI -- Solo home runs, they say, don't usually beat you. Nick Pivetta was reminded of that on Wednesday afternoon, as the right-hander surrendered a pair of homers, and little else over 5 1/3 innings and the Phillies' did the rest, rolling to a 10-3 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.
Giancarlo Stanton belted his 30th of the season, pulling him even with Aaron Judge of the Yankees for the MLB lead. Christian Yelich added a blast in the sixth inning for Miami, but it was Pivetta who kept the damage down, and the Phillies, behind Daniel Nava's four hits and two RBIs, that ended up taking two of three in the series.
"Pivetta got hurt with the long ball and the couple wild pitches," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "Other than that, he pitched pretty well."
Nick Williams had two triples, plus two RBIs and two runs scored, and Cesar Hernandez added three singles and an RBI as the Phillies pounded out a season-high 20 hits.
"Hitting is contagious. You see so many guys do it," Williams said. "I always think of it as a 'if he can do it, I can do it' type thing. Everybody was hitting the ball hard. Even our outs were hard."
After winning the series opener, the Marlins lost the next two and finished the homestand at 1-5. The way the team played on Wednesday afternoon is what disturbed manager Don Mattingly.
"We get a couple of solo homers and a couple of wild pitches, and other than that, it's one of those games that you're kind of embarrassed about," Mattingly said. "The way we played, we made mistakes you shouldn't make at this level and that part is tough to swallow as a manager. You're not getting your message across from that standpoint."
Marlins right-hander Dan Straily, who had his previous start cut short after five innings due to a bruised right thumb, worked five innings in the series finale. Straily wasn't as sharp as he has been, allowing four runs on nine hits. He struck out seven and walked three.
"I actually felt pretty good today," Straily said. "They really did a good job of getting some timely hits, I feel. In the first inning, I'm still trying to figure out the new guy, Williams, and trying to see how I match up against him and how I can get him out. I think we found some stuff. He hurt us before we got a chance to kind of advance that report on him, I guess."
The Phillies jumped out quickly to a two-run lead in the first inning. Williams had an RBI triple and Maikel Franco added a sacrifice fly. After the Marlins pulled even at 2, Hernandez delivered a two-out, RBI single in the fourth inning. Andrew Knapp's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning made it 4-2.
"It's nice to have a prototypical leadoff hitter," Mackanin said of Hernandez, who was reinstated off the 10-day DL at the start of the series. "If you insert one hitter in a lineup, it can change the whole complexion of the lineup."
In all three games of the series, Stanton homered in the first inning. The crushed drive off the batter's eye in center field was projected by Statcast™ at 437 feet with an exit velocity of 113 mph. It also was a historical shot, in terms of Marlins' history. Stanton reached 30 home runs in 93 games, the fewest amount of games ever by a Marlin to reach 30. The four-time All-Star now has nine homers in July, a franchise high for the month.
"Not a good day, for sure," Stanton said. "Give up 20 hits. We didn't score more than three, they scored 10. Not a good day. We lost the series, so, not ideal. If you can't win a series against the worst team in the league, then you know, there's not much going for you, right there."
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Adding on in sixth: The Phillies kept the pressure on at the plate, and broke a 4-2 game open with three runs in the sixth inning. Off reliever Nick Wittgren, Hernandez led off with a single and advanced to third on Freddy Galvis' double. Nava's two-run double gave the Phillies more breathing room, and Odubel Herrera's run-scoring double made it 7-2. Herrera's hit dribbled past Derek Dietrich at third base, and had a hit probability of just seven percent, according to Statcast™.
"It's always a sigh [of relief]. You can't add on enough runs," Mackanin said. "You just can't add on, especially against this team. They've got a lot of guys who can hit the ball out of the ballpark."
Small ball, big run: Pivetta did his job on the mound, keeping the Marlins in check. But it was with his bat that made a huge difference in the fourth inning. After Miami pulled even at 2 in the third inning, the Phillies regained the lead for good with a two-out, RBI single by Hernandez. But that run was set up by Pivetta's one-out, sacrifice bunt, which put Knapp at second base with two outs.
"It always is big. Doing the little things to score runs is important," Mackanin said. "Anytime you move a runner into scoring position, all those little things count."
"I'm just trying to get a fastball up and in, trying to get him to pop something up, trying to get him out," Straily said.
"It wasn't good. It wasn't a good homestand. It wasn't a good series. It wasn't a good start to the second half. We didn't didn't do a whole lot of things very well. We haven't been playing well, all year, really. We've had some stretches playing well. It's definitely not where we want to be at this point in the season. We have to turn it around." -- Yelich, on losing the series
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Prior to Stanton reaching the 30 home run mark in 93 games, Mike Lowell was the fastest to reach that figure. He did it in 110 games in 2003. The Marlins' record for homers in a season is 42, set by Gary Sheffield in 1996.
Phillies: The Phillies receive on off-day Thursday before taking on the Brewers Friday at home at 7:05 p.m. ET. Aaron Nola (6-6, 3.54 ERA) takes the mound to open the 10-game homestand.
Marlins: The Marlins have a day off on Thursday and open a three-game series at the Reds on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Jose Urena (7-4, 3.93 ERA) starts for Miami. Cincinnati counters with Homer Bailey (2-3, 10.13 ERA).
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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.
Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Phillies on Wednesday.