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Marlins bounce back from worst loss in franchise history to avoid sweep in Philadelphia

Miami Marlins' Miguel Rojas, left, gestures as he scores on his solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sun., April 8, 2018, in Philadelphia.
Miami Marlins' Miguel Rojas, left, gestures as he scores on his solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sun., April 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. AP

If the Marlins were dealing with a head-pounding mental hangover from Saturday’s bludgeoning, they showed no signs of it Sunday, recovering for a 6-3 victory over the Phillies.

Brian Anderson broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth with a two-run double, and the Marlins held on to end their four-game losing streak and avoid a sweep at Citizens Bank Park.

“It shows to our team that we can turn the page quick,” Anderson said. “We were really focused on putting yesterday behind us.”

One day earlier, the Marlins suffered the most lopsided lost in franchise history, a 20-1 lambasting in which they gave up four home runs, including a pair of grand slams.

They slept it off before returning for only their third win of the season.

“We didn’t want to get embarrassed again,” said shortstop Miguel Rojas.

The Marlins jumped on Jake Arrieta for three runs in the first, with Rojas tagging his first home run and Braxton Lee driving in two with a bloop hit to left.

“It’s not easy,” Rojas said of putting Saturday’s whipping behind them. “When you get beat that bad, you come to the ballpark in a different mood. I felt like everybody was quiet today, kind of feeling embarrassed.”

It didn’t make matters easier that the Marlins were facing Arrieta, a former Cy Young winner.

“I feel like we’ve been better as a group when we face an ace, or guys who have a little more experience,” Rojas said.

Rojas home run was only the third this season for the Marlins.

“At least we’re tied with (Shohei) Ohtani now,” Rojas said facetiously, referring to the Angels’ rookie pitcher and designated hitter who hit three homers in his first 18 at bats.

But the first-inning lead didn’t hold up. The Phillies answered with two runs in their half of the first and another in the third off Marlins starter Trevor Richards.

Both starters -- Richards and Arrieta -- came out after four innings, leaving it to the bullpens.

After Rojas was hit by a Luis Garcia pitch to start the eighth and Starlin Castro drew a walk, Anderson drove in both runners with an opposite-field double off Phillies reliever Adam Morgan.

“I think right there, more than anything, I didn’t want to strike out,” Anderson said. “I wanted to put something in play.”

The Marlins added another run on Bryan Holaday’s two-out single.

The Marlins received strong bullpen work from the cast of Chris O’Grady, Odrisamer Despaigne, Drew Steckenrider and Brad Ziegler, who held the Phillies scoreless over the final five innings.

THIS AND THAT

▪ Jacob Turner, who was roughed up in Saturday’s loss, was designated for assignment on Sunday. The Marlins replaced him in the bullpen with Tyler Cloyd, who was called up from Triple A New Orleans.

Turner gave up eight runs in one inning of relief on Saturday.

Cloyd has thrown only one Major League inning — last season with Seattle — since making 17 starts for the Phillies in 2012-13.

▪ Holaday was the lone bright spot for the Marlins in their 20-1 loss to the Phillies on Saturday. The backup catcher pitched the eighth inning, retired the side, and struck out Rhys Hoskins on a 62-mph palm ball to cap off the outing.

It wasn’t the first time Holaday has received the summons to pitch. He worked 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Rangers in 2016. Holaday became the first Marlins position player to take the mound since Ichiro Suzuki in 2015.

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