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O’Brien, Marlins keep Phillies from moving up with 6-4 win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Peter O’Brien homered and drove in three runs as the Miami Marlins blunted Philadelphia’s bid to move up in the playoff race, beating the Phillies 6-4 on Sunday.

The Phillies remained 6 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Atlanta, which lost to Washington.

Miami ended a five-game losing streak. O’Brien put the Marlins ahead with a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Bryan Holaday added a pair of doubles.

Nick Pivetta (7-13), who has won only one of his last 11 starts, struck out seven in the first three innings. O’Brien’s homer made it 2-1.

The Marlins scored three times in the sixth against Luis Garcia for a 6-1 lead.

With runners at the corners and no outs, O’Brien hit a long fly to right field and Odubel Herrera — more accustomed to playing in center — had the ball bounce out of his glove before he smacked his head against the fence. The Phillies wound up getting a forceout at second base as a run scored.

Herrera left the game in the seventh.

Jose Urena (7-12) allowed one run and three hits through a five-inning stint for his third straight win. He left early because of cramping in his pitching hand.

Cesar Hernandez hit a solo homer in the Phillies first.

Down 6-2, Philadelphia scored twice in the ninth, helped by a two-out error by second baseman Starlin Castro. Rhys Hoskins struck out with a runner on to end it.


Marlins: Urena was pulled for precautionary reasons.

Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco missed his fourth straight start because of pain in his right shoulder. He flipped over a rail and into a camera well last Tuesday.


Before the game, Phillies GM Matt Klentak was asked if he thought several veteran acquisitions he made before and after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline could have worked against clubhouse chemistry down the Phillies’ sad stretch.

“Whatever it is that caused us to go into a team-wide slump in August is not limited to one factor,” he said. “It’s probably some kind of combination of a lot of things. I will not sit here and tell you the chemistry changed in such a way that that is the reason we struggled. I don’t believe that,” he said.


Marlins: Begin a two-game home set against the Washington Nationals on Monday. They will send RHP Trevor Richards (3-9, 4.85) against RHP Erick Fedde (2-3, 5.12) in the series opener.

Phillies: A three-game home series against the Mets starts Monday with RHP Jake Arrieta (10-9, 3.66) facing RHP Zack Wheeler (11-7, 3.23).

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