By Sam Bush
Jake Arrieta notched his 100th career victory and more importantly he stopped the Phillies bleeding with a 9-1 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Arrieta (2-1) allowed one run and five hits, struck out eight and lowered his ERA to 2.25 in three starts. The former NL Cy Young Award winner improved to 100-68 in 10 seasons.
“Accomplishing something like I did tonight makes you appreciate everything you go through — a lot of ups and downs and figuring some things out, forgetting some things, relearning them,” Arrieta said. “This game is very humbling, and I’ll never forget that.”
He’s the 18th active pitcher to reach the victory milestone.
“Quite an accomplishment,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “Just a proud moment for the club.”
Arrieta took a 6-0 lead into the seventh, when Miami ended a streak of 21 consecutive scoreless innings on Austin Dean’s sacrifice fly.
The Marlins have lost nine of their past 10 games, and they’ve been outscored 30-2 in the past four. Manager Don Mattingly said Arrieta a big factor in the latest feeble offensive effort.
“Their guy was really good,” Mattingly said. “He got ahead in the count. His command was as good as we’ve seen this year. He was able to throw strikes with a lot of different pitches.”
The Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto hit into a double play with the bases loaded to end the first inning, but finished with two hits, two runs and an RBI. He made a nifty headfirst slide to score from third on a bloop single in the fifth.
The game was Realmuto’s first at Marlins Park since Miami traded him in February.
Andrew McCutchen had three hits, including a three-run homer in the eighth. The Phillies’ leadoff hitter set the tone in the first inning by going from first to third on a single to left.
Florida native McCutchen has homered in his past three games at Marlins Park.
“It’s always nice to come back to my home state,” he said. “I got a fresh haircut today, and it felt really good. I had the look good, feel good part down. So I just needed to play good. I got that out of the way too.”
McCutchen hit opposite-field singles against a shift in the third and sixth innings. When the Marlins abandoned the shift in the eighth, he homered to center.
Bryce Harper had an RBI and two hits to hike his average to .325 as the Phillies tied a season high with 14 hits.
Sandy Alcantara (1-1) gave up six runs and 11 hits, both the highest totals of his brief career, while working five innings.
The Phillies reached Alcantara for six consecutive hits and five runs in the third. Rhys Hoskins doubled home one run, and Odubel Herrera added a two-run double.