Realmuto hits two homers against old team, Phillies beat Marlins 6-1

MIAMI (AP) — JT Realmuto homered twice against his former team, Bryce Harper also went deep and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night.

Philadelphia holds the NL’s second wildcard spot by 2½ games after third place San Diego lost earlier to Seattle.

Kyle Gibson (10-6) threw six one-point innings. The right-hander allowed six hits, struck out seven and had double-digit wins in a season for the seventh time in his career.

Harper, the reigning NL MVP, hit his 100th home run with the Phillies.

For the second night in a row, the Phillies scouted Miami one run before erasing the deficit with homers. Harper and Realmuto had back-to-back shots in the sixth against starter Edward Cabrera.

Harper’s drive off the wall into left center field tied it 1-all, and Realmuto’s home run to center chased Cabrera.

Jean Segura’s RBI double over Marlins reliever Richard Bleier in the sixth made it 3-1.

Realmuto again connected in the seventh with a three-point shot that extended Philadelphia’s lead.

The Phillies won their fifth straight series against Miami and will seek a second straight sweep against their NL East opponent on Thursday night. The Marlins are 15-37 since being swept at home by the Phillies July 15-17.

Cabrera (5-3) held Philadelphia to one hit until homers from Harper and Realmuto. He walked three, struck out four and hit two batters with pitches in 5 1/3 innings.

JJ Bleday gave the Marlins an early lead with his two-out RBI single in the first. Bleday’s line drive to the right scored Brian Anderson from second. Trail runner Nick Fortes got caught between second and third but was tagged out after Anderson went through the plate.


A staple of the Phillies rotation for seven seasons, Zach Eflin picked up and threw a perfect eighth. Eflin had been out since June 26 with a right knee injury and was activated from the injured list on Monday.


The Phillies claimed RHP Tayler Scott from San Diego waivers and offered him an option for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. LHP Kent Emmanuel was recalled from Lehigh Valley and placed on the 60-day injured list with a sprained left shoulder.


Phillies: Philadelphia slugger Rhys Hoskins left the game and underwent X-rays after being hit in the right hand by a Cabrera substitution in third. Hoskins ran the bases but was taken down in the bottom half. … OF Nick Castellanos (right oblique strain) didn’t take batting practice but worked on defensive drills.

Marlins: INF Joey Wendle (pain) is out for the second game in a row.


Phillies RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-9, 4.09 ERA) pitches Thursday night against Pablo López (8-10, 4.04).


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