By Sam Bush
Corey Dickerson had four hits and five RBIs to lead the Phillies to a 9-3 victory over the Marlins.
In the series opener on Friday night, last-place Miami overcame the huge deficit and won 19-11.
”It’s a hard game,” Dickerson said. ”You also deal with failure every day. What makes this game great is we have short memories. If we didn’t, you couldn’t play this game. Losing one game, it’s still only one game. It’s a wash and you keep going.”
Zach Eflin pitched six solid innings for his first win since June 24. Eflin (8-11) allowed two runs, six hits and struck out two. He was lifted after 79 pitches in his second start since an extended stay in the bullpen.
”In the zone, attacking, efficient and strong for six innings,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said of Eflin. ”That was the right amount of time to be out there. Maybe the most important part about this if he continues to pitch well for us he’s built up again. He’s capable of giving us length and he’s capable of being efficient.”
Scott Kingery’s three-run homer off Miami rookie starter Jordan Yamamoto highlighted a six-run fourth and erased a 1-0 deficit. Kingery drove Yamamoto’s fastball over the left-center field wall for his 15th home run.
Yamamoto (4-5) was lifted after his two-out walk to Rhys Hoskins loaded the bases and capped a 13-pitch at bat. Marlins reliever Tyler Kinley walked Realmuto on four pitches and allowed Dickerson’s two-run double.
”Everybody makes in-game adjustments,” Yamamoto said, ”It’s just one of those things you have to make adjustments to. You have to do what you have to do to get them out.”
Kinley and Yamamoto combined to throw 62 pitches in a half-inning which lasted 39 minutes.
”Both games have been super long,” Dickerson said of Saturday’s 3 hour, 37 minute game that followed the series opener that went 4:10. ”Takes a lot out of you. You just have stayed focused.”
Yamamoto allowed six runs, six hits, walked four and struck out three. After winning his first four major league decisions, he is winless since July 16 with an 8,18 ERA in his last seven outings.
”When he gets hurt, it’s missing location,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. ”The more guys see him, you’ve got to be better.”
Dickerson’s bases-clearing double off reliever Wei-Yin Chen in the seventh increased Philadelphia’s lead to 9-2.
Three Phillies relievers allowed one run – on Jorge Alfaro’s homer off Mike Morin in the seventh – over the final three innings.
Hoskins had three walks and increased his NL-leading total to 101.
The Marlins took the lead on Neil Walker’s RBI single in the first. Walker’s line drive to right scored Jon Berti, who reached on an infield single and stole second.