Stanton belts 52nd homer in win over Phillies
MIAMI -- In a game with five homers, four triples and two significant injuries, perhaps the most surprising thing that happened was a conversation in the dugout.
Miami Marlins rookie right-hander Drew Steckenrider, with zero career saves, had just closed out the eighth by striking out Philadelphia’s Tommy Joseph.
Then it happened.
“As soon as I got back in the dugout, they said, ‘Hey, you still got it,'” Steckenrider said. “So I went down and caught my breath.”
Steckenrider was breathing just fine after the game as he earned his first career save in a 10-9 Miami win over the Phillies on Saturday night at Marlins Park.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his major league-leading 52nd home run of the season, helping Miami break a season-high-tying five-game losing streak.
Stanton’s homer, a solo shot in the first inning that traveled 445 feet to left-center, was his first since Tuesday. Entering that first at-bat on Saturday, he had endured a 1-for-17 slump.
“I put a very good swing on it,” Stanton said of his homer. “It was good -- it put us up early.”
The Phillies, trailing 10-4, scored five runs in the eighth, keyed by a three-run Nick Williams triple. But it wasn’t enough on a night in which the Phillies lost outfielders Rhys Hopkins and Pedro Florimon to injuries.
Marcell Ozuna was another Marlins hitting star. He went 3-for-5 with his 32nd homer of the season and four RBIs. He has 107 RBIs this season, four behind Stanton for team honors.
Pinch hitter Derek Dietrich slugged a three-run homer in the seventh, and the Marlins (67-68) also hit triples by Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon and Tomas Telis.
Philadelphia (51-84), which has the worst record in the majors, showed power of its own with two-run homers hit by Hoskins and Joseph. For Joseph, it was his 20th homer of the season, a team high and one short of his career best.
Hoskins, a rookie left fielder, went 3-for-3 and fell a triple short of the cycle. He has 12 homers this season, including 11 in his first 14 games in the majors. After his hot start, he had endured a drought of nine games without a long ball, a skid that ended Saturday.
However, Hoskins was hit by a 97-mph Brian Ellington fastball in the seventh inning. The pitch hit Hoskins on the palm of his right hand, and he was removed from the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Hoskins said his hand is bruised and swollen, but x-rays were negative, and he is day to day.
“It was (97 mph) to my hand, so there was some pain,” Hoskins said. “We’ll see tomorrow how it feels.”
The Phillies, already with two other outfielders on the disabled list in Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr, got more bad news in the second inning when center fielder Florimon dislocated his right ankle.
Florimon beat out an infield hit, extending his hitting streak to seven games and improving his batting average to .348. But he got hurt as he stepped on the bag and was in obvious pain. The game was delayed for about 15 minutes as Florimon had to be carried onto a cart and taken off the field.
“He’s most likely done for the year,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.
Aaron Nola (10-10) took the loss, allowing six runs in five innings. In three starts against the Marlins this year, Nola is 0-3 with a 10.85 ERA.
“I left balls over the plate again on them, and they’re pretty good,” Nola said. “I think I’ve got them one more time. I will try to make some adjustments.”
Dan Straily (9-8) got the win, allowing four runs in five innings.
But the game might have slipped away if not for Steckenrider, who pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out three.
With a runner on first and one out in the ninth, Steckenrider struck out Cameron Rupp looking and Andres Blanco swinging.
“It was pretty cool,” said Steckenrider. “It was a great opportunity. It was something I have looked forward to but didn’t know I was going to get.”
NOTES: Marlins 2B Dee Gordon went 2-for-5 for his seventh straight multi-hit game, the longest active streak in the majors and one short of Chris Coghlan’s 2009 franchise record. ... Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) has joined the Marlins after pitching two innings in a rehab appearance on Friday at High-A Jupiter. It’s uncertain when he’ll pitch, but Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he would likely relieve instead of start this month. ... Miami will start Jose Urena (12-6, 3.84 ERA) in Sunday’s series finale. He leads the team in wins but has gotten more of them on the road. He is 8-1 with a 4.36 ERA on the road and 4-5 with a 3.36 ERA at home. ... The Phillies will start rookie RHP Jake Thompson, 23, who will be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Thompson is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA for the Phillies this year. ... The Phillies placed RHP Jerad Eickhoff (nerve irritation, right hand) on the 60-day disabled list, ending his season. ... The Phillies claimed LHP Kevin Siegrist off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.