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PHI 1, MIA 2; Marlins make most of their chances during strong pitching duel

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Sandy Alcántara held a struggling Phillies in check without much issue.

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Sandy Alcantara: 7.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Aaron Nola: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 HR

The Marlins were first to strike offensively tonight. Bryan Holaday blasted a solo shot into the seats during the second inning. He took a pitch in the middle of the plate and sent it flying.

The Phillies did not wait long to reply. Sandy Alcántara started the inning off by giving up a double to Roman Quinn. Bryce Harper followed that up with a single to center, men on first and third. Jay Bruce with the chance to score struck out on a foul tip to the catcher. While this happened Harper stole second, and during the throw down to second Quinn stole home. This would be the one run that the Phils would sneak in.

Sandy Alcántara was being pressured by the Phils all night. There were multiple times when the Phills had runners in scoring position. Alcántara burrowed down each and every time. The biggest obstacle he would have to face was with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Harper had the opportunity to do big damage, and Alcántara got him to fly out ending the inning. Alcántara had a great night and continued his streak of strong starts.

The Marlins would score the run that put away the Phils in the sixth inning. Brian Anderson started off the effort by biting the bullet and getting hit with a pitch. Starlin Castro and Anderson then successfully pulled off a hit and run. Newly acquired César Puello hit into a fielder's choice scoring the run, 2-1 Fish.

The bullpen needed to get four outs to finish the game. Jose Quijada was called in to get the last out of the eighth. Sergio Romo then came in to finish things off. He faced the top of the lineup and got it done. He only gave up a single to Rhys Hoskins. The pitching held strong and brought the Fish another victory. Elieser Hernandez will take on Vince Velasquez Saturday at 4:05 ET.

Phillies vs Marlins box score (MLB.com)

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