By Sam Bush
The Phillies have hit bottom.
Or have they?
The Phillies (17-32), who have the worst record in the majors, and lost last night for the 23rd time in the past 29 games, and fell to 7-19 on the road.
“The only people who are going to help us are ourselves,” Phils catcher Cameron Rupp said. “Nobody is going to go out there and play for us, swing the bat, pitch and play defense. That’s all on us. Just in general we have to do a better job.”
Edinson Volquez finally earned his first win of the season, pitching six innings to beat the Phils 4-1.
The victory gave the Marlins their first two-game winning streak since April 23, so they were in a mood to whoop it up after the pitcher with the most losses in the majors beat the team with the worst record.
Marlins nemesis Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) allowed four runs in six innings.
“Hellickson has been a tough guy for us,” Dietrich said. “We wanted to come up with a new approach. I’m not going to divulge that for obvious reasons, but we went with something a little bit different, and it seemed to work. We didn’t by any means crush him, but we did enough to win the game.”
Volquez has an ERA of 4.44 and went into the game with the second-worst run support in the majors. This time he had all the runs he needed by the third inning, thanks to an RBI double by Dee Gordon and a run-scoring single by Giancarlo Stanton .
Dietrich hit his second homer of the year to make it 4-1 in the sixth. A.J. Ramos completed a four-hitter, striking out the side after a leadoff walk in the ninth for his sixth save.
Volquez retired 13 in a row before he started the sixth by walking Hellickson, who came around to score on a single by Aaron Altherr. The Phillies had runners at the corners with one out, but Altherr was thrown out trying to steal second and Tommy Joseph struck out .
“With our offense, we’ve got to start taking chances,” Phils manager Pete Mackanin said. “I can’t sit around and wait for three or four hits in a row. We haven’t been doing that, so we’re going to have to take chance.”