FIGHTIN’ PHILS LIVE UP TO THEIR NICKNAME, LEAD BRAVES BY 8!

By Peter Gleason

Alec Bohm homered, Trea Turner hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning and the Phillies rallied for a 7-6 victory over Marlins that left them eight games ahead of the Braves in NL East..

Nick Castellanos doubled, had two singles and drove in three runs for the Phillies, who upped their MLB-best record to 55-29. Philadelphia played its third straight game without injured All-Star Bryce Harper.

“This was a big one,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said.

“We all needed it. I know they fight, I know they’re resilient, I know they never quit.”

Bryan De La Cruz homered for Miami, which trails the Phillies by 25 games in the NL East.

Philadelphia went in front in the seventh. Andrew Nardi (1-1) walked the first two batters, and they advanced on Rafael Marchán’s sacrifice bunt. Nardi got Bryson Stott to fly out to shallow right field for the second out and then was relieved by Anthony Bender. Turner then sent the Phillies in front with a liner into left field that emptied the bases.

“It felt really good,” said Turner, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday. “I finally got a pitch in the middle of the zone.”

Seranthony Dominguez (3-2) tossed a scoreless seventh, and Jeff Hoffman finished it for his sixth save.

The Phillies won despite making five errors.

The Marlins pounded out 11 hits, including six for extra bases. They led 6-2 after Dane Myers’ RBI double and Emmanuel Rivera’s RBI single in the top of the fifth inning.

The Phillies overcame Ranger Suárez’s worst outing of the season. The lefty entered leading the NL in ERA and tied for the most wins in baseball, but he allowed season highs for earned runs (six) and hits (nine) in just 4⅔ innings. He failed to strike out a batter for the first time in his career as a starter. Suárez’s ERA rose from 1.83 to 2.27.

“I just had a bad day,” he said through an interpreter.

Marlins manager Skip Schumaker was pleased to see the production against Suárez.

“It shows we’re capable of beating not only a left-handed pitcher but one of the best pitchers in the big leagues,” he said.

Philadelphia avoided its first series loss at home since early April when it lost four of six to the Braves and Reds to start the season. Philadelphia hasn’t lost any of its 13 home series since dropping two of three to the Reds from April 1-3.

Harper and slugger Kyle Schwarber watched again after both were injured late in Thursday’s game. Both were placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday with a left hamstring strain and left groin strain, respectively. The Phillies also are missing catcher J.T. Realmuto, who is sidelined after having knee surgery.

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