After Giancarlo Stanton rounded the bases following his first-inning home run against the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon, the Marlins could have gone on cruise control.
With Adam Conley turning in one of his best pitching performances of the season, a three-run lead already had the game out of reach. But the Marlins’ offense kept going.
The Marlins rattled off 16 hits and scored multiple runs in three innings en route to an 11-1, series-winning victory against the Phillies.
After being shut out on Sunday and Monday, the Marlins (55-46) have scored 16 runs in the past two games as they prepare for a four-game series against the Cardinals to close out a 10-game homestand.
“This is a long season. There’s no way that the team is going to stay hitting the whole year,” said third baseman Martin Prado, who was one of four Marlins players with three hits on Wednesday. “On the other side of it is how you find a way to win games. … At the end of the day, good at-bats will transform into good results.”
The good results started early.
Christian Yelich opened the scoring with a fielder’s choice that brought home J.T. Realmuto from third before Stanton belted his 22nd home run of the season, a 430-foot shot to left-center field to put the Marlins up 3-0.
Stanton’s homer pushed his career RBI total to 525, the third-most in franchise history behind Mike Lowell (578) and Jeff Conine (553).
The Marlins tacked on one run in the fourth, four in the six and three in the eighth.
“I thought Giancarlo’s homer early gets us out, gets us going,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “In this game, you never know what you’re going to run into.”
All nine of the Marlins’ starters reached base safely, with Prado and Realmuto each reaching four times.
First baseman Don Kelly, who entered the game with just one hit in 22 at-bats since being called up on July 6, went 3 for 5 with two triples.
“When you’re struggling a little bit at the plate and you go out there and you grind it out, eventually it’s going to bust open for you,” Kelly said. “Just keep going up there, keep working hard.”
While the Marlins offense is heating up, Conley had another quality start on the mound.
The 6-3 lefty worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Wednesday, giving up eight hits while striking out six and walking three. Conley (7-5, 3.38 ERA) worked out of bases-loaded jams on two occasions and stranded nine runners.
Conley also helped his own cause at the plate with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning that gave the Marlins a 4-0 lead and an RBI single to left in the sixth as part of the four-run inning.
The start capped a solid month of July for the left-hander. In five games this month, Conley went 3-0 and gave up just seven earned runs in 39 2/3 innings, good for a 1.59 ERA. In that span, he also struck out 27 and walked nine.
“There’s not a lot of difference as far as makeup or attitude or anything,” Mattingly said. “That’s been ongoing the whole year, where he’s been on the attack and on the move. I’m sure he’s gaining confidence as the season goes, and I think he’s starting to feel the importance of every outing.”
Nick Wittgren came in for the final out of the seventh, and Dustin McGowan pitched the final two innings.
The Phillies (46-57) scored their lone run on a two-out double by Cesar Hernandez in the ninth that scored Jimmy Paredes from first.