Phillies rally in ninth to beat Marlins
MIAMI — The Miami Marlins couldn’t beat one of the best teams in the majors earlier this week, getting swept by the Washington Nationals.
And now they can’t beat the worst team in the majors, the Philadelphia Phillies.
The latter was the case Friday night as Philadelphia scored two runs in the top of the ninth to rally past Miami 2-1 at Marlins Park.
The Marlins (66-68) have lost five games in a row, tying their worst stretch of the season. Two of the losses are against the Phillies (51-83).
“We’ve gone into a little funk offensively,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “I don’t know how to explain it.”
Philadelphia rallied in the ninth off closer Brad Ziegler (1-3), who entered the game with 13 consecutive scoreless innings. The Phillies cashed in when Jorge Alfaro stroked an RBI single and Andres Blanco hit a run-scoring groundout.
Reliever Juan Nicasio (3-5), picked up off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, made his Phillies debut and got one out in the eighth for the win.
“I told him we’re not going to pay him,” joked Phillies manager Pete Mackanin. “He only threw three pitches to get the win. That’s not fair.”
Miami left-hander Dillon Peters, making his major league debut, was the star of the game until things changed in the ninth. He got a no-decision but pitched seven scoreless innings.
Peters, who missed three months of this season with a broken left thumb, walked his first batter, Cesar Hernandez, on five pitches before settling down.
He allowed three hits (all singles) and three walks, striking out eight. He tied the franchise record for longest outing in a debut and also for the number of strikeouts. Several Marlins hold the first record. On the second one, Peters is now tied with the late Jose Fernandez.
“It was an awesome experience,” Peters said of his debut.
The Phillies threatened twice against Peters, getting two runners on in each of the first and sixth innings.
In the first, Franco struck out swinging to end the threat. In the sixth, Franco grounded into a force play.
Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson also made his debut, going 1-for-3 with an infield single in the fourth inning. Anderson made a diving catch on Franco’s inning-ending grounder in the sixth.
Philadelphia received a good pitching performance from Nick Pivetta. He lasted six innings, allowing four hits, three walks and one run, striking out six.
It was sweet revenge for Pivetta, who had a 12.15 ERA in two previous starts against Miami.
“I know I can beat that team,” Pivetta said. “I think they got lucky the last time.”
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon went 2-for-4, producing his season-best sixth consecutive multi-hit game. He is hitting .520 during that streak.
But the big sluggers on both teams — Giancarlo Stanton for Miami and Rhys Hoskins for Philadelphia — were fairly quiet.
Stanton, who leads the majors with 51 homers, went 0-for-2 with two walks and is 1-for-17 this week.
“You can’t ask Giancarlo to hit a homer every night,” Mattingly said. “He’s not going to stay hot the whole second half of the season.”
Hoskins, a 24-year-old rookie, went 0-for-3 with a walk and had his 13-game hit streak snapped. After hitting 11 homers in his first 14 major league games, he has not launched a ball over the fence in his past nine games.
Miami opened the scoring in the first, loading the bases with no outs after getting a single by Gordon and consecutive walks. But Marcell Ozuna lined out, J.T. Realmuto struck out, and Miami managed just one run — on a wild pitch in the dirt. After the wild pitch, Anderson grounded out.
That was all the scoring until the Phillies rallied against Ziegler in the ninth.
“The results are frustrating,” Ziegler said. “But I’m not frustrated with the way I threw.”
NOTES: Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton finished August with 18 homers, tying a major league record for the month set by Rudy York in 1937. The record for any month is 20 set by Sammy Sosa in June 1998. ... Stanton has also received lots of attention this week after the release of a steamy music video with Lexy Panterra, an aspiring pop artist. ... Marlins 1B Justin Bour (oblique) hopes to return in about a week. ... CF Odubel Herrera (hamstring) is expected to join the Phillies on Tuesday. He had Friday off, but in a rehab game at Double-A Reading on Thursday, he went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBIs, one homer to dead center and one bat flip. ... Phillies OF Aaron Altherr is not quite ready to start a rehab assignment, but that could happen this weekend.