Marlins Wrap Up Series With Phillies Looking For First Sweep Of Season

Volquez, who beat the Phillies 4-1, had not won since August 25, when he was a member of the Kansas City Royals and posted a 5-2 victory over Miami at Marlins Park.

All of Miami's pitchers were supported by Stanton, who hit his team-high 14th homer, a two-run shot. "It was just one pitch", Velasquez said. "You've got JB (Justin Bour), you've got Marcell (Ozuna), you've got Yelly (Christian Yelich) - guys who are capable of swinging the bat along with Giancarlo".

In the end, the night belonged to Miami's offense, including Ozuna, who said his new Suzuki bat is lighter than the wood he normally uses.

RHP Edinson Volquez (1-7) allowed just three hits, two walks and one run in six innings on Monday, striking out four and snapping his career-long eight-game losing streak, which stretched to past year. Nicolino said he's confident that he will make his next start as scheduled. "Other than that, you sometimes wonder why one thing [changes and] all of a sudden you get going, whether it's the timing of it or it's actually a different feel and different look to the lineup".

"I don't have a silver bullet to get us out of it, but I know we will". Howie Kendrick, in his second game back from the disabled list (oblique), drilled a homer to center.

Four relievers, led by Dustin McGowan and his season-high three innings, combined to finish the game.

Stanton also left early, replaced in the top of the sixth by Ichiro, though manager Don Mattingly said it was only to get Stanton a bit of rest. He allowed six hits and three walks. "[Wednesday] will probably tell us". Vince Velasquez took the loss to fall to 2-5 after giving up a pair of runs, 1 earned, in just 1.1 innings of work before leaving the game due to injury, what's been diagnosed as a flexor strain.

Starting pitching report Velasquez's velocity dropped by more than four miles per hour in the second inning.

Velasquez recorded only four outs, and the Marlins capitalized against the Philly bullpen.

Up next The series concludes on Wednesday afternoon. It will be Nicolino's third start this season and his first since May 19. "Right now, I'm not happy about it, but we're a better team than this". And it's continuing. I like what we're starting to put together.

  • Julie Sanders