Stanton, Marlins hold off Phillies in slugfest

Stanton, Marlins hold off Phillies in slugfest

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna hit first-inning home runs, shaking the Marlins from their recent scoring doldrums, which coincided with a five-game skid, ending both in a 10-9 win over the Phillies on Saturday at Marlins Park.

Stanton hit his Major League-leading 52nd home run with one out in the first inning, a mammoth 445-foot blast, as projected by Statcast™. Two batters later Ozuna belted his 32nd homer of the season, scoring Christian Yelich and staking the Marlins to an early 3-0 lead. Both homers came on 1-1 pitches from Phillies starter Aaron Nola (10-10). Ozuna and Yelich led a 17-hit attack with three hits each and Ozuna drove in four runs.

"You know offense is going to hit periods of time when you don't score, and it gets kind of contagious and it adds on," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We ran into good pitching in D.C. It was good to bounce out."

With the win and a Rockies loss, the Marlins moved to five games out of the second National League Wild Card spot.

Nola took his second loss in as many start against Miami this season. He's allowed 11 runs over 9 1/3 innings to the Marlins.

"They got me again. I left balls over the plate," Nola said. "My fastballs were leaking over the plate a little bit."

The Phillies did most of their damage with two-run homers from rookie sensation Rhys Hoskins and Tommy Joseph, and a three-run triple from Nick Williams in a five-run eighth inning that made it a one-run game. But they were dealt a blow when center fielder Pedro Florimon had to be carted off the field in the second inning with his right ankle in an air cast. Florimon legged out an infield single but in doing so stepped awkwardly on first base, severely turning the ankle inward.

Florimon exits game with injury

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Florimon dislocated his ankle and was still in the hospital getting looked at upon the game's end.

"He's most likely done for the year, I would imagine," Mackanin said. "We'll know more. He's still in the hospital."

Derek Dietrich produced the deciding runs in the seventh inning with a three-run pinch-hit homer. Marlins starter Dan Straily (9-8) was the beneficiary of the Marlins' biggest scoring outburst since Aug. 22 when Straily got the win in a 12-8 victory at Philadelphia. He worked five innings while yielding four runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Drew Steckenrider slammed the door, pitching scoreless relief over the final 1 1/3 innings to record his first career save.

Steckenrider strikes out Blanco

"It's pretty cool," Steckenrider said. "I'm just thankful for the opportunity. It's something I look forward to and didn't know if I'd ever have the chance to get one. So I'm glad that I did, and now I can move forward."

Two-out magic: Clinging to a 6-4 lead with two outs in the sixth inning, the Marlins were able to put three consecutive batters on base and put what turned out to be a much-needed insurance run on the board. Stanton reached on an error before Yelich singled and Ozuna drove in his fourth run of the game with a base hit.

Ozuna plates Stanton on single

"Thank God the bats showed up today," said Straily. "When you score 10 in a game you're usually pretty confident that that's enough. Obviously we needed all 10 tonight. This game is all about picking each other up, and those guys really did a great job with the bats."

Out of a jam: It was a rough night for Nola, but despite an unsightly line, the right-hander had his moments, working out of a fifth-inning jam with the game still in doubt. With a run already in and two runners on, Nola was able to strand those baserunners with a strikeout and a groundout. It kept the score at 6-4, limiting the damage and keeping his team within striking distance.

Nola strands two runners

"That was a wild one," Mackanin said. "Nola didn't have one of his better outings. Didn't have his location today. Both teams had issues pitching-wise."

Hoskins was hit by a Brian Ellington 98-mph fastball in his right wrist in the seventh inning. He stayed in to run the bases but was replaced by Freddy Galvis in left field. Galvis moved from shortstop to left field when Andres Blanco entered the game.

Hoskins stays in the game

Hoskins, who said an MRI was negative, is currently day to day with the bruised and swollen wrist. Mackanin said he was taken out for precautionary reasons.

"Not because it was really bothering him, but we just wanted to make sure he was OK," Mackanin said.

Phillies: Jake Thompson (1-1, 5.40) will be recalled from Triple-A to take Jerad Eickhoff's spot in the rotation as the Phillies and Marlins close out a four-game set Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park. Thompson surrendered five runs over five innings in his only start against Miami on Aug. 24.

Marlins: Jose Urena takes the mound for the Marlins in the finale. Urena is coming off a successful month of August in which he posted a 3-1 record with a 3.91 ERA, striking out 17 while walking just eight over 25 1/3 innings.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to and covered the Marlins on Saturday.

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for based in Miami and covered the Phillies on Saturday.

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