By Sam Bush
Kyle Schwarber hit his NL-leading 29th homer, J.T. Realmuto had a homer and a double and the Phillies beat the Marlins 10-0 to remain a half-game behind the Cards for the last wild card playoff spot in the NL.
Didi Gregorius and Rhys Hoskins also went deep for the Phillies, who had not scored more than three runs in their previous seven games. Gregorius finished with four RBI.
Starter Ranger Suárez pitched five scoreless innings of four-hit ball. Activated from the injured list Saturday, Suárez (7-5) struck out four in his first outing since June 29. Suárez was sidelined because of a low back strain.
“I felt really good, didn’t feel anything in my back,” Suárez said. “This helps us finish the first half with more confidence and hopefully we can maintain it the rest of the season.”
Realmuto, who played with the Marlins from 2014-18, gave the Phils a 2-0 lead with his two-run shot in the fourth. He is 5 for 9 since sitting out the Phillies’ two games in Toronto because of Canadian restrictions on unvaccinated travelers.
“I’m finding ways to get hits now,” Realmuto said. “I always enjoy competing against those guys. I’ve got a lot of good friends over there. Maybe there’s something to me having more fun out there.”
Hoskins’ leadoff homer and Gregorius’ two-run single in the sixth padded the Phillies’ advantage.
Philadelphia broke it open with a five-run eighth against reliever Cody Poteet. Gregorius hit his first homer, a two-run shot, and Schwarber added a solo blast.
“Those tack-on runs were big,” Realmuto said. “If we can get our back end of the bullpen guys a little rest, it’s always nice when you can score runs like that late in the game.”
Four Phillies relievers followed Suárez and limited the Marlins to one hit. Miami didn’t have another base runner after Jesús Aguilar’s two-out single in the sixth.
“It’s hard to identify one thing that’s going on,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly, whose team has gone homerless in seven consecutive games. “Today actually, I felt like there were a number of balls that we kind of hit on the nose right at people, which was encouraging. Hopefully that’s a good sign for us.”