Three days after pulling off their first sweep of the season against the visiting Mets, the Marlins got back to being the team on the other side of the broom.
Fueled by five runs on five hits off reliever A.J. Ramos in the seventh inning, the Phillies became the seventh team this season to take every game of a series against the Marlins, emerging with a 6-1 victory Wednesday afternoon in front of 38,643 fans at Citizens Bank Park.
“We had some momentum going from Miami, and I really thought swinging the bats as well as we did for three games we’d come in here swinging the bats in a hitter-friendly park. We just didn’t for whatever reason,” said manager Mike Redmond, whose team fell to 16-44. “Give their pitchers some credit. They did a good job holding us in check. We weren’t able to get any momentum going.”
Before Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Dominic Brown delivered the big blows against Ramos, the game had been a back-and-forth pitcher’s duel between Jacob Turner and Cole Hamels.
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Although it was not as dazzling as the seven shutout innings he put up against the Mets last Friday, Turner went six innings and allowed only one earned run on four hits and four walks. He also struck out four and managed to work out of a couple tough situations. Redmond said he was happy with the way Turner pitched, saying most of his 102 pitches had good movement.
“I didn’t feel like I had my best stuff [Wednesday], but I was able to get out of some jams when I got into them, and the defense played well behind me — especially in those situations,” Turner said. “It’s a game of adjustments, and I was able to make them quick enough.”
But like every other Marlins starter this season, Turner didn’t get much in the way of run support. Derek Dietrich’s fourth-inning solo home run off Hamels was all the offense the Marlins produced as they were held to one run or less for the 19th time this season. Dietrich’s blast was the only home run the Marlins hit all series as the Phillies (30-30) slugged six in all, rallying from deficits behind the long ball for wins Monday and Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Phillies waited to pounce on Ramos in the seventh. Ramos started his afternoon by knocking plate umpire John Hirschbeck out of the game. Hirschbeck called the balls and strikes for the first 6 1/2 innings until he was struck on the right hand by a 94-mph fastball from Ramos on his second pitch. The game was delayed for about 15 minutes to allow second-base umpire Jim Reynolds to put on the plate-umpire gear as the crew went from four to three.
“I came in there with a good mind-set, and it kind of took me out of it a little bit, but you’ve got to learn to deal with adjustments like that,” Ramos said. “So I’m not going to blame that. I just didn’t make pitches [Wednesday]. It was kind of weird, but stuff like that happens.”
The change didn’t faze the Phillies. After Freddy Galvis struck out swinging to open the frame, pinch-hitter Delmon Young singled to center and moved to second moments later when Ben Revere singled to right. With two outs, Rollins stroked a run-scoring single to center. Howard followed with a two-run triple into the gap, and Brown made it a five-run cushion when he crushed his 18th home run of the season, a two-run shot to right.
For Ramos, playing his first full season in the majors, it was his second rough outing in his past four appearances. He now has given up eight earned runs on seven hits over his past 4 2/3 innings, raising his ERA to 4.85. It was 2.88 on May 24.
“The big pitch [Wednesday] was the changeup, and I was leaving that up,” Ramos said.
The win ended a six-game losing streak for Hamels, who scattered four hits and struck out 11 in yet another strong start against the Marlins. In 27 innings this season, he has surrendered just six earned runs against Miami (2.00 ERA). It’s the 23rd time in his career he has posted double-digit strikeouts in a game and second time this season he has done it against the Marlins.
Outside of Dietrich’s home run, the Marlins didn’t have many other opportunities to score. The Marlins got a leadoff double from Juan Pierre to start the game but didn’t move him an inch. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria had two of the Marlins’ four hits off Hamels.
“Once again, we come in here and they’re able to put the ball in the seats and we’re not,” Redmond said. “One run in this ballpark is tough to win ball games.”