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Marlins 10, Phillies 3: Zach Eflin struggles in Miami

Marlins 10, Phillies 3: Zach Eflin struggles in Miami

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MIAMI — One night after pounding out 14 hits, the Phillies’ offense sputtered early in a 10-3 loss to the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.

The Phillies had just one hit through seven innings and six for the game. Five of those hits were doubles — two by Scott Kingery late in the game.

Rhys Hoskins doubled in the ninth and scored on a hit by Odubel Herrera to avert a shutout. Later in the inning, Nick Williams clubbed a two-run double.

But don't let the late outburst fool you. This game wasn't close.

Other than the ninth inning, it was a pretty poor showing for the Phillies and that included the starting pitching. Zach Eflin, so good in his first two starts, was tagged for three homers and six runs in four innings of work.

Though off to an 8-5 start, the Phillies have lost three of their last four games and the offense has done little in two of them. The Phils were held to three hits, all singles, in Wednesday night’s 15-1 loss to Washington.

• The Marlins hit three home runs totaling 1,251 feet against Eflin in the third inning. Brian Anderson hit a first-pitch curveball, Neil Walker a 1-1 changeup and Austin Dean a first-pitch fastball. Dean’s homer was a two-run shot and it gave the Marlins a 6-0 lead. He had five RBIs in the game.

• Finesse lefty Caleb Smith kept the Phillies off balance with six innings of one-hit ball. He allowed a one-out double to Andrew McCutchen in the third, but stranded him there.

• The Phillies did have Smith on the ropes early. He issued two-out walks to Bryce Harper and Hoskins in the first inning but survived an 11-pitch showdown with J.T. Realmuto (strike out) to get out of the inning unscathed.

Miami pound machine

The Marlins entered the game hitting just .212 as a team. They mauled Phillies' pitching for 18 hits.

Eflin’s night

Eflin gave up 10 hits and six runs over four innings. He had given up just six hits and one run over 12 innings in his first two starts.

Bullpen check

Juan Nicasio allowed six hits and four runs in relief of Eflin, but he did help save the bullpen by giving the Phils three innings.

Up next

The Phillies and Marlins play the rubber match of the series on Sunday afternoon. Vince Velasquez will pitch against Jose Urena.

Urena went 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts against the Phillies last season. He won his last two starts against the Phils and allowed just two runs over 12 innings.

It would not be surprising to see manager Gabe Kapler give a couple of his reserves a start on Sunday.

After that

The Phillies host the Mets in a three-game series beginning Monday night. The Phils will see Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Zach Wheeler in that series. The Phillies will counter with Aaron Nola, Nick Pivetta and Jake Arrieta.

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Rockies 4, Phillies 3: Stunning loss on 2-out, 2-strike walk-off homer in 12th inning

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Rockies 4, Phillies 3: Stunning loss on 2-out, 2-strike walk-off homer in 12th inning

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DENVER — Charlie Blackmon's two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th against Juan Nicasio gave the Colorado Rockies a 4-3 win over the Phillies on Friday night.

The home run came with two outs on a 1-2 count.

Bryce Harper’s fifth hit of the game, a double to the gap in left-center with two outs in the top of the 12th inning, scored Phil Gosselin from first base and gave the Phils the lead.

The Phils had 17 hits, but only three for extra bases. The Phils were 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position and left 19 men on on base.

Those missed chances killed the Phillies.

Colorado has won two in a row against the Phils. The Phillies are 4-12 against the Rockies since the start of 2017.

The Phillies are 11-8.

The Rockies are 8-12.

In a troubling subplot, the Phillies lost two more players to injury. Andrew McCutchen exited with left knee inflammation in the sixth inning. Earlier Scott Kingery exited with a hamstring injury suffered while legging out a ground ball in the fourth inning. The team called it a “strain,” which would seem to signal a trip to the injured list for Kingery.

The keys

• Colorado right-hander German Marquez pitched a one-hit shutout with no walks and nine strikeouts against the Giants in his previous outing. The Phillies tripled that hits total in the first inning as they broke out to a 1-0 lead. They worked Marquez for 26 pitches in the inning and were into the Rockies’ bullpen in the sixth inning.

• Vince Velasquez pitched well for the Phillies. He carried a shutout and a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. But Velasquez had trouble putting away hitters in that frame. Trevor Story hit a 459-foot homer to left on an 0-2 fastball (96 mph) to make it a one-run game. Ian Desmond doubled on a 2-2 pitch with two outs and Garrett Hampson followed with a broken-bat double to left on a full-count fastball (97 mph) to tie the game.

• Catcher J.T. Realmuto cut down Blackmon trying to steal second with one out in the seventh. It was a big play in a tight game. Realmuto has caught three would-be base stealers in two nights.

Velasquez's night

The enigmatic right-hander continued to make strides with his third straight solid start. He gave up just the two runs in 5 2/3 innings and struck out eight. The only walk he surrendered was intentional. Over three starts, Velasquez has pitched 16 2/3 innings and given up just five runs. He seems to be pitching with more poise than in the past.

Velasquez had a big fastball and he used it often. Sixty-four of his 97 pitches were fastballs and he got 15 swinging strikes on the pitch, which topped out at 98 mph.

Health check

The Phillies have been beset by a series of injuries in recent days. Reliever David Robertson was placed on the injured list with an elbow strain. Odubel Herrera went on the IL with a hamstring strain. Jean Segura is not on the IL, but he has missed three straight games with a sore hamstring.

Injuries continued to mount as Kingery left this game in the fourth inning and McCutchen in the sixth.

Kingery started at shortstop. He was replaced by Gosselin.

Up next

Aaron Nola looks to break an early season slump when he faces the Rockies and right-hander Antonio Senzatela on Saturday night.

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Phillies' Scott Kingery exits game with hamstring injury

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Phillies' Scott Kingery exits game with hamstring injury

DENVER — Scott Kingery left Friday night’s game against Colorado with a right hamstring injury.

Kingery grabbed his hamstring while running out a ground ball in the fourth inning.

He was in the midst of his third straight start at shortstop, filling in for Jean Segura who, coincidentally, was out of the lineup with a hamstring injury.

Odubel Herrera is also out with a hamstring injury.

Phil Gosselin, the former Malvern Prep and University of Virginia star, made his Phillies’ debut and took over at shortstop for the Phillies after Kingery exited. Gosselin is a West Chester native.

Segura is not on the injured list. He was tentatively scheduled to return on Sunday. He could be pressed into duty on Saturday night.

Kingery left the field with athletic trainer Scott Sheridan by his side.

Kingery had been swinging a hot bat and was looking at getting more playing time (see story).

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