Surging Phillies edge Marlins, 3-2, for MLB-best sixth straight win
NFL fans, the Phillies would like you to know that there was another sporting event held in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Before a half-full crowd of 22,180 at Citizens Bank Ballpark, the Phillies quietly earned a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins prior to the start of the NFL Draft just down the road.
Now the Phillies are making some noise in the NL East standings following Thursday’s victory – their MLB-best sixth win in a row.
Daniel Nava led off the bottom of the first with a walk before scoring on an error by Marlins’ second baseman Dee Gordon. Odubel Herrera plated Freddy Galvis with an RBI groundout to double Philadelphia’s lead in the bottom of the third.
Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Brock Stassi drove in Michael Saunders with an RBI triple. A sliding Saunders just barely eluded the tag of Marlins’ catcher J.T. Realmuto to safely cross home plate.
Miami trimmed the deficit to one with an RBI single from Christian Yelich in the top of the seventh but Philadelphia’s bullpen thwarted the comeback bid.
Phillies’ starter Jeremy Hellickson (4-0) maintained his perfect start to the year by throwing six innings of one-run ball. He allowed seven hits and struck out one.
Hector Neris pitched a spotless ninth inning to log his third save of the season. Galvis and Maikel Franco each collected two hits.
Edinson Volquez (0-3) took the loss for the Marlins after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. He issued four walks and totaled two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of work.
The second-place Phillies (11-9) now trail the Washington Nationals (15-6) by 3.5 games in the NL East standings. Third-place Miami (10-10) is 4.5 games back of the Nationals.
Philadelphia’s winning streak will be tested as the Phillies hit the road for a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers before a four-game series with the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs. They return home on Friday, May 5 for a pivotal three-game series with the Nationals.