Of­fense strug­gles again as los­ing streak hits 5

For­mer Mar­lins catcher Real­muto has 2 hits for Phils

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Wells Dusen­bury wdusen­[email protected] sun-sen­tinel.com; On Twit­ter @dusere­port

MIAMI — Af­ter scor­ing just one run in a three­game sweep in Cincin­nati, the Mar­lins re­turned to South Florida hop­ing to gen­er­ate any kind of spark for an of­fense that’s been one of the worst in the league.

Miami didn’t treat the team much bet­ter than the Queen City.

While the Mar­lins snapped a 21-in­ning score­less streak, their of­fense woes con­tin­ued, fall­ing to the Phillies 9-1 for their fifth con­sec­u­tive loss — and ninth in the past 10 games.

For­mer Mar­lins catcher J.T. Real­muto shined in his first game ver­sus his old team, fin­ish­ing 2 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored. The 28-year-old spent the first five sea­sons of his ma­jor league ca­reer with the Phillies be­fore be­ing traded in Fe­bru­ary.

Miami starter Sandy Al­can­tara strug­gled in his third start of the sea­son, al­low­ing six earned runs on 11 hits and two walks in five in­nings. The 23-year-old right-han­der struck out six bat­ters on 93 pitches.

Af­ter suc­cess­fully nav­i­gat­ing the first two in­nings, Al­can­tara was ham­mered in the third in­ning. The Phillies strung to­gether six con­sec­u­tive hits, leav­ing the frame with a 5-0 lead. Real­muto de­liv­ered an RBI sin­gle in that stretch.

Bryce Harper — who signed a 13-year, $330 mil­lion con­tract with Philadel­phia in the off­sea­son — went 2 for 5 with an RBI on the night.

The Mar­lins’ lone run of the game came in the 7th in­ning on an Austin Dean RBI sac­ri­fice fly. The out­fielder fin­ished 0 for 2 af­ter be­ing called up from Triple-A New Or­leans. Peter O’Brien was sent down in a cor­re­spond­ing move.

En­ter­ing Fri­day night, the Mar­lins had av­er­aged just 2.62 runs per game. Their 34 runs en­ter­ing the night were the sec­ond-low­est in base­ball. Miami is also 26th in hits, 25th in wOBA and 29th in walk-tostrike­out ra­tio.

Phillies starter Jake Ar­ri­eta kept the Mar­lins in check all night, pitch­ing seven in­nings and al­low­ing one earned run on five hits and one walk, while strik­ing out eight. Jorge Al­faro was the only Mar­lins player to record a multi-hit night.

An­drew McCutchen put the ex­cla­ma­tion point on Philadel­phia’s win in the eight in­ning, blast­ing a three-run homer into Au­toNa­tion Al­ley to ex­tend the lead.

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