HRs cover up missed chances in Marlins' win

Miami strands 10 in victory over Phillies in opener

HRs cover up missed chances in Marlins' win

PHILADELPHIA -- Marcell Ozuna and Justin Bour provided the two big blasts that powered the Marlins to a 5-3 win over the Phillies on Monday at Citizens Bank Park. But the chances that slipped away almost spoiled what turned out being a night Miami gained ground in the National League East.

Ozuna and Bour each delivered solo shots, while the Marlins stranded 12 baserunners and went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

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Statcast: Ozuna's long home run

The missed chances didn't end up costing the Marlins, largely because Adam Conley effectively managed his start, allowing one run in six innings.

"First off, you've got to give credit to Adam, the way he came out and set the tone," Bour said. "The home runs, they were good. I'm happy with that.

"Unhappy with leaving some guys out there with the bases loaded. Thankfully that didn't come back and bite us, and we were able to hold on for that win."

The Marlins, winners of three straight, are now two games behind the first-place Nationals in the National League East.

Bour's blast came in the sixth inning, and it put Miami ahead, 3-1.

Ozuna's drive in the second inning, according to Statcast™, was projected at 447 feet. Bour's shot was 416.

"We kind of kept tacking runs on, but we had a chance to put a bunch up," manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously, we had enough."

Ozuna has now hit safely in 16 straight games, matching his career high.

"I tried to put the ball in play," the center fielder said of his second-inning home run. "Get ready early. I got a good pitch to hit, and I got it."

In the seventh inning the Marlins scored twice to go up, 5-1, but Bour and Ozuna each struck out with the bases loaded.

"You can't really give up those free ones, especially when you're playing a good team, a hot team like Philly has been," Bour said. "But at the end of the day, we got the win, so you've got to be happy."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.