J.T. Realmuto is pretty fast for a catcher.
The 24-year-old rookie proved it yet again Thursday night, motoring around the bases for his seventh triple of the season, a club record for three-baggers by a backstop and the most by a catcher in the majors since Darrell Porter had eight in 1979.
Realmuto’s RBI triple in the seventh off Alec Asher also proved to be all the offense Miami needed as six pitchers combined to shutout the Phillies, 1-0, at Marlins Park.
“We didn’t have that many hits, but we got the right hits,” manager Dan Jennings said.
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Starter Jarred Cosart pitched the first four frames, but his night was cut short after his left forearm was bruised by a Cody Asche liner back to the mound. Cosart finished that frame and came out to pitch the fifth, but after warmups returned to the dugout because Jennings said he had trouble raising his non-throwing arm.
X-rays of Cosart’s forearm were negative, Jennings said. Cosart said he expects to make his next start.
“They said if it would have been a little bit to the left it would have definitely shattered whatever that bone is,” Cosart said. “I moved a little bit, but it was smoked pretty good.”
The bullpen did a fine job filling in for Cosart.
Jose Urena, Chris Narveson, Bryan Morris, Mike Dunn and closer A.J. Ramos combined to allow only two Phillies baserunners the rest of the way.
The Marlins are 14-8 since then, the third-best record in the National League.
Fernandez eyes mark
Jose Fernandez will look to set a major league record and improve to 17-0 at home when he makes his final start of the season at Marlins Park on Friday night against the visiting Braves.
Fernandez, 16-0 with 1.11 ERA in 25 career starts at Marlins Park, tied LaMarr Hoyt and John Allen for the most home wins without a loss to begin a career when he made his last appearance at home against the Nationals on Sept. 12.
“I know that it’s there [the record]. I’m going to try and do my best. That doesn’t mean I’m going to go out there and try any harder because I’m going to break the record,” said Fernandez who in five career starts against Atlanta is 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA.
“Sometimes less is more — I have a friend that tells me that all the time.”
▪ Rookie first baseman Justin Bour belted his 19th home run of the season Wednesday, tying him for third with the Astros’ Carlos Correa among major league rookies. Only the Cubs’ Kris Bryant (26) and Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (25) have hit more.
Bour’s homers are the most by a Marlins rookie since Giancarlo Stanton hit 22 and Gaby Sanchez hit 19 in 2010.
▪ Reliever Carter Capps (right elbow strain) and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (left hamstring) both participated in simulated games Thursday at Marlins Park and are close to returning according to manager Dan Jennings.
▪ Friday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (5-0, 2.18) vs. Braves RHP Ryan Weber (0-1, 3.26), 7:10 p.m.
Saturday: Marlins LHP Justin Nicolino (3-4, 4.50) vs. Braves RHP Julio Teheran (10-7, 4.20), 7:10 p.m.