A SPLIT LEAVES THE PHILLIES JUST 3 GAMES BEHIND THE METS!

By Jenny Masters

Jesus Aguilar homered and drove in four runs and the Miami Marlins beat the Phillies 7-0 to split a doubleheader.

In the opener, Travis Jankowski drove in four runs and Matt Moore struck out nine while pitching into the fifth inning to lead the Phillies to a 5-2 win.

Marte made it 2-0 two batters into the nightcap when he hit a 2-1 curveball from Zach Eflin (4-7) over the wall in right-center. Marte’s double to right-center made it 4-0 in the fourth.

Eflin gave up six runs — five earned — on six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

“It doesn’t sit well with me,” Eflin said.

Philadelphia has won eight of 12.

Moore gave up two runs on six hits in the opener and didn’t issue a walk in 4 1/3 innings with temperatures in the mid-90s. Archie Bradley (4-1) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, and Ranger Suarez struck out the side in the seventh for his third save.

The Phillies’ Jean Segura is hit by a pitch thrown by Marlins reliever Zach Pop, during the first game of a doubleheader Friday in Philadelphia. At right is Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro, a former member of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton) (Derik Hamilton/AP)

“I think I’m able to get to a different level, being able to execute pitches at a higher rate, trusting the target, trusting myself and trusting mechanics,” Moore said.

The Phillies jumped on Sandy Alcantara (5-9) for three runs in the first. Bryce Harper doubled with two outs and the next two batters walked. Jankowski followed with a broken-bat, bases-clearing double just inside the first-base bag.

“It’s a bit of relief,” Jankowski said. “Off the bat it doesn’t feel great. You’re praying for something to happen.”

Miguel Rojas’ RBI double in the second pulled Miami within 3-1, but Philadelphia extended its lead in the third with two more two-out runs.

Rhys Hoskins hit a routine grounder to the left of second base. But second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr., playing there because of the shift, first charged and then backed up on the ball before booting it. Jankowski later singled home Hoskins, and Ronald Torreyes’ run-scoring single made it 5-1.

Phillies All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto sat out the opener, and Harper didn’t play in the nightcap after getting dehydrated in the first game.

 

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