Giancarlo Stanton homered in his first at-bat for the second consecutive game.
It didn’t translate to victory this time, however, as the Marlins fell 5-2 to the Phillies during an otherwise unremarkable offensive effort.
A night after he sent a laser shot 441 feet off the auxiliary scoreboard in left field, Stanton crushed a ball 442 feet off the wall just under the Budweiser bar in left center. He hit the homer off Phillies starter Vince Velasquez.
But other than a second run scored by J.T. Riddle two innings later aided by an error and a passed ball, the Marlins’ bats went quiet and the Phillies took the lead for good when Maikel Franco hit his own solo home run off Dustin McGowan in the eighth. Nick Williams’ two-run homer in the ninth off Jarlin Garcia gave them a couple of insurance runs.
“We were just shut down offensively,” Mattingly said. “[Stanton] gets a home run and we get a run on the Riddle play. We just didn’t make anything else offensively the rest of the night.”
Despite the defeat, the Marlins got an encouraging six-inning start by starting pitcher Adam Conley, who made his first start since May 8 after being recalled from Triple A New Orleans.
“I think you see encouraging signs from what he’s been working on,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “He worked quick and the body language was aggressive.”
Just prior to Stanton’s home run, Dee Gordon appeared to have reached base on an infield single to lead off the game. But the Phillies challenged the call and the ruling was overturned, potentially costing the Marlins a valuable run.
Stanton, who has a National League-high 29 home runs, could surpass his career high of 37, which he has accomplished twice.
Conley gave up a season-high eight hits and allowed at least one of them in five of the six innings he pitched, but limited the damage with help from the Marlins defense, which turned three double plays.
Conley only allowed one run in the second and one more in the fourth during a 92-pitch outing.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Conley said. “I love the direction I’m headed. I still have a lot of work to do but there’s been benefits to the work I’ve been doing. I think looking back on it, it’s been about me trying to undo what I’ve been trying to do for a few months.”
Conley gave up a double to Franco and a single to Odubel Herrera to start the second inning. Cameron Rupp then hit a one-hopper back to Conley, who caught Franco in a rundown. J.T. Realmuto turned it into a 1-5-2-4 double play when, after tagging Franco, threw on-target to second catch Rupp trying to move up a base. The Phillies tied the game at 1 right after though as Cameron Perkins singled to score Herrera.
The Marlins answered with a run in the bottom of the third aided by a Phillies error.
Riddle hit a slow roller up the first base line that Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez fielded and threw wide of first base. After the ball ended up in right field foul territory, Riddle reached third. He then scored on a passed ball by catcher Cameron Rupp.
The Phillies would tie the game again on a perfectly-placed bunt single by Perkins that scored Herrera, who reached second on a wild pitch and then moved to third on a single by Rupp.
Junichi Tazawa pitched the lone scoreless inning for the bullpen in the seventh.
Tazawa walked Cesar Hernandez and gave up a single to Freddy Galvis, but escaped trouble when the Marlins turned their third double play of the game. Tazawa, who entered July with a 7.50 ERA, has not allowed a run in his past nine innings pitched (eight outings this month).
Ichiro Suzuki’s pinch-hit single in the eighth moved him past Rickey Henderson on the all-time MLB hits list and into 23rd place with 3,056. Craig Biggio is next on the list with 3,060.