The run of stingy outings by their starting pitchers ended for the Marlins on Monday.
The winning didn’t.
Dan Straily’s pitching return was no thing of beauty, but the Marlins still prevailed 8-4 over the Phillies to give them their first three-game winning streak.
The Marlins ended a difficult April by winning five of their past six.
Brian Anderson drove in four runs on three hits, including a two-run blast off the Home Run Sculpture in the eighth that gave the Marlins a cushion. He also made a diving, run-saving catch in right, where he was making only his third start after spending all his time at third base.
Straily labored through four innings in his first start back off the disabled list, giving up four runs on six hits, including a pair of home runs. He also walked four. It was the first time in eight games that the Marlins’ starter failed to hold the opposition to two runs or fewer.
But Phillies starter Jake Arrieta was no better. The Marlins rocked Arrieta to the tune of six runs on eight hits, five of them doubles, in only 2/3 innings.
Anderson likely prevented two runs from scoring in the seventh when he came up with Carlos Santana’s bases-loaded fly ball on a diving catch. One inning later, he crushed his second homer of the season to extend the Marlins’ lead.
▪ Dillon Peters will be used out of the bullpen in long relief, at least for the time being. But manager Don Mattingly said the Marlins would prefer him to continue to start, whether it’s with them or in the minors.
The Marlins made room for Straily on Monday by placing reliever Tyler Cloyd on the three-day paternity list, which created an opening in the bullpen. But once that expires, when the Marlins open a road trip in Cincinnati on Friday, the Marlins could send Peters back to the minors.