Ozuna, Yelich go deep, Marlins beat Phils 7-4 for sweep
By ROB MAADDI
Aug. 23, 2017
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Miami Marlins are back even.
Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer, Christian Yelich had a three-run shot and robbed Nick Williams of a two-run drive and the Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 to complete a doubleheader sweep Tuesday night and reach .500 for the first time since they were 10-10 in April.
"We're not looking at the standings, we're not chasing anybody," Yelich said. "We're just doing what we can control."
The Marlins (62-62) are within 5 1/2 games of Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the NL with the Cardinals and Brewers also ahead of them.
Ichiro Suzuki's pinch-hit three-run homer broke a tie in the seventh inning, Giancarlo Stanton added his major league-leading 46th homer and the Marlins won the opener 12-8.
"Ich's homer was huge, freed us up," manager Don Mattingly said.
Jose Urena (12-5) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings to win Game 2. Brad Ziegler pitched the ninth for his seventh save in nine tries.
The Marlins jumped ahead 6-0 in the second inning of the nightcap after Ozuna went deep in the first and Yelich connected an inning later to chase Nick Pivetta (4-9). Pivetta allowed six runs and seven hits while recording only four outs.
"I failed the team, failed myself," Pivetta said. "I'll learn from my failures."
Williams drove one 445 feet out to right-center into the elevator that brings visiting pitchers from the bullpen to the field. Blanco lined a shot off a picture of his face on the scoreboard on the facing of the second deck in right.
Williams nearly had another homer in the fifth, but Yelich leaped over the fence in right-center and snagged it.
Joseph launched a solo shot to left to cut it to 6-4 in the sixth.
Ozuna also went deep for the Marlins in a six-run sixth in the first game and J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run shot in the ninth.
Rhys Hoskins, Cameron Rupp, Cesar Hernandez, Joseph and Blanco all connected for the Phillies.
Marlins starter Dan Straily (8-8) allowed three runs and two hits — both homers — while striking out 10 in six innings.
"It feels good to contribute something to my team like that," Straily said.
Philadelphia's Aaron Nola (9-9) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings in his second straight poor start after 10 excellent outings in a row.
Suzuki, who leads the majors with 21 pinch hits, has two pinch homers in his career. The other was against the Phillies on Sept. 6, 2016.
Stanton made an outstanding, outstretched catch in right-center to rob Cameron Perkins of extra bases in the seventh inning of Game 2.
Marlins: RHP Javy Guerra was designated for assignment and LHP Jarlin Garcia was recalled from a rehab assignment. ... RHP Severino Gonzalez was added as the 26th man.
Phillies: Added Pivetta as their 26th man and selected RHP Yacksel Rios' contract from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Marlins: 1B Justin Bour resumed baseball activities Tuesday. He's been on the disabled list since July 25 because of a strained oblique.
Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. ... RHP Vince Velasquez was transferred to the 60-day DL.
LHP Justin Nicolino (2-1, 4.11 ERA) starts for the Marlins while Mark Leiter Jr. (1-3, 4.38) goes for the Phillies.
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