NOLA DEALS PHILS TO SWEEP OF FISH, 49-43 AT THE ALL-STAR BREAK!

By Sam Bush

Aaron Nola struck out 10 and pitched scoreless ball into the ninth inning as the Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

More importantly, the Cards were rained out so the Phils now lead for the third and last wild card playoff spot by a percentage point.

Yairo Muñoz homered as the Phillies break for the All-Star game at 49-43. Even minus injured star Bryce Harper, the Phillies showed a dramatic turnaround after manager Joe Girardi was fired on June 3, going 27-14 under Rob Thomson.

Nola (6-7) gave up four hits and walked one. He was pulled after allowing one-out singles to Joey Wendle and Brian Anderson in the ninth.

José Alvarado relieved and struck out Garrett Cooper and retired Bryan De La Cruz on a grounder for his first save. The Phillies shut out Miami in the final 25 innings of the series.

Nola extended his string of starts of at least seven innings to eight, the second-longest active streak in the major leagues behind Miami ace Sandy Alcantara, who has 13.

The Marlins scored one run in the series. They have not homered in eight games, the second-longest drought in club history — Miami teams in 1993 and 2019 failed to go deep in nine straight games.

The Phillies scored all their runs in the fourth. Alec Bohm and Matt Vierling had consecutive RBI doubles and Muñoz hit a two-run homer. Muñoz drove the first pitch from Trevor Rogers (4-9) over the wall in left for his third homer.

Rogers went six innings, allowing seven hits and plunking two batters. Miami designated hitter Jesús Aguilar didn’t last that long — he was ejected in the second by plate umpire Ron Kulpa for arguing balls and strikes.

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