Phils knock Miami further off Wild Card pace

Phils knock Miami further off Wild Card pace

MIAMI -- Freddy Galvis gave a jolt to a struggling offense with a momentum-changing two-run home run that triggered the Phillies' 6-2 comeback win over the reeling Marlins on Monday at Marlins Park.

The Phillies snapped their six-game losing streak, and the six runs were their most since a 7-6 win over the Rockies on Aug. 14. For the Marlins, they've now dropped four straight, and eight of nine, falling two games under .500 (68-70) and five games behind the Cardinals for the second National League Wild Card spot.

"I'm just happy to get a couple of runs," said Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, after his club scored 11 runs in their past six games combined. "It was nice to see. We go on the road, and people start hitting better. Sometimes you need a change of scenery."

The Marlins grabbed a two-run lead in the first inning of Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Dee Gordon tripled to open the first, and Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single. J.T. Realmuto added an RBI single, but Eickhoff settled down, and he yielded just those runs on six hits with four strikeouts in six innings.

"That first inning, we kind of jump guys," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Then they're going to start pitching. They're going to start using their breaking ball, start using their changeup. They're going to start pitching backwards, and they're going to do some things."

Miami right-hander Jake Esch was in command for four scoreless innings before Galvis' two-run homer in the fifth. Peter Bourjos tripled and scored when Cesar Hernandez reached on shortstop Miguel Rojas' error.

"I just made a mistake," Esch said. "I left a ball up for him to handle."

Two errors by Marlins reliever Austin Brice opened the door for the Phillies' three-run seventh inning. One of the runs was unearned. Bourjos had an RBI single, and pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes delivered a two-run single off Brian Ellington.

Paredes' two-run single

Binge hitting: Paredes' two-run single highlighted the Phils' three-run seventh inning and increased their lead to 6-2. The Phillies had scored two or fewer runs in nine of their previous 13 games. Bourjos went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. And Galvis' homer was his 16th of the season and seventh in his past 23 games. More >

"Maybe we've been preaching the wrong thing to [Galvis]," Mackanin said. "Maybe we should have told him he was a power hitter."

Bourjos on three-hit game

Rough sequence foils solid start: Making his second big league start since David Phelps (left oblique) went on the disabled list, Esch showed plenty of promise. The Miami right-hander struck out six in five innings, and allowed just three hits. But Esch got himself in trouble leading off the fifth inning, when, on a 1-1 pitch, he grazed Aaron Altherr with a pitch. Galvis followed and uncorked a long foul ball to right field. It had the distance to be gone, but sailed foul. Two pitches later, Galvis blasted a two-run homer to right on a slider, pulling the Phillies even at 2.

"[Galvis] handles the ball in there pretty well, but if we get it below the zone in that situation, he probably swings over the top of it," Esch said. "Maybe hits a ground ball or something. I just made a mistake."

Innings eater: Eickhoff came into the game having gone at least five innings in 33 of his first 35 Major League starts, the most by a Phillies starter over their first 35 games since 1913. He added to that with a six-inning performance, allowing just two runs on six hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter, though he did hit one. He picked up his 10th win of the season after combining with relievers Edubray Ramos, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez to retire 23 of the final 25 Marlins they faced.

"I think I just got better [as the game went on], which tends to be a trend," Eickhoff said. "As the game gets on, I'm able to execute better. Early on, I wasn't able to do that. I was able to get out of it and kind of limit the damage to two [runs]. As the game got on, I was able to execute better."

Eickhoff strikes out Prado

Missed chances early: A constant in the Marlins' losing stretch has been the inability to add on runs or push across runs with runners in scoring position and fewer than two outs. In the second inning, with the Marlins ahead by two, they put runners on second and third with one out after Xavier Scruggs was hit by a pitch and Rojas doubled. But Eickhoff struck out Esch and Gordon. In the fifth inning, pinch-hitter Tomas Telis singled, and courtesy of a wild pitch and passed ball advanced to third with less than two outs, only to be stranded.

"Offensively, these are the games we've kind of seen all year long," Mattingly said. "We've seen a lot of these. Where you get a couple of runs early, and then when their guy starts to mix and match a little bit, we've had trouble."

"I feel like we just have to stay together right now. These things happen in baseball, to every team. Unfortunately for us, in this crucial moment for us. We're trying to make the playoffs here. We're coming every day, preparing to win that game that day. Unfortunately, we're on a tough road right now. We've just got to stay together and overcome it," -- Rojas, on Miami's losing stretch.

The Phillies' pitchers set down the final 15 Marlins hitters they faced after Telis' pinch-hit single.

The Marlins have dealt with their share of injuries of late, and in the seventh inning, Rojas was replaced due to a left groin strain. Rojas was shaken up while tagging out Paredes, who was attempting to steal second base in the seventh inning. Rojas tried walking off his discomfort, but in the bottom of the seventh, he was replaced by pinch-hitter Adeiny Hechavarria, who remained at shortstop. Miami lists Rojas as day to day. More >

"I feel like that was the best decision," Rojas said. "You never know if it's going to get worse later."

Rojas leaves game with an injury

Phillies: Left-hander Adam Morgan (1-9, 6.21 ERA) takes the mound on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET in the middle game of a three-game series at Marlins Park. Morgan allowed just three hits (two earned runs) in his last outing, a 6 2/3-innings stint in a loss to Washington.

Marlins: Miami will call on Jose Urena (3-5, 5.40), who has been hitting his stride since joining the rotation. In his last four starts, the right-hander has a 3.42 ERA.

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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.

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