Luis Arraez hits for cycle in Marlins’ 8-4 win over Phillies

Luis Arraez #3 of the Miami Marlins reacts during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 11, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) (Tim Nwachukwu, 2023 Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA – Luis Arraez became the first Miami Marlins player to hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs in an 8-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Before Tuesday, the Marlins were the only active major league team to not have a cycle in their history. Miami entered the National League as the Florida Marlins back in 1992.

Arraez won the American League batting title with a .316 average as a member of the Minnesota Twins in 2022 before being traded to the Marlins in a four-player deal on Jan. 20. He’s 22 for 41 (.537) in 12 games to start the 2023 season.

After doubling in the first inning and connecting on a triple to the right field corner in the sixth, Arraez’s solo homer in the seventh inning helped provide the Marlins some cushion after a four-run lead was cut to one in the Phillies’ half of the sixth inning.

Arraez singled to left field in the eighth off Philadelphia reliever Andrew Bellatti, scoring Jazz Chisholm with the final run of the night.

Jon Berti homered in the third inning and added an RBI single in the seventh for the Marlins, who entered the game with the lowest run total in the National League at 30 through the first 11 games. The eight runs on Tuesday were a season high. Jesus Luzardo (2-0) went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits.

Chisholm, Yuli Gurriel and Jean Segura also had two hits for the Marlins, whose 14 hits were also a season high.

Aaron Nola (0-2) was shaky for most of the night for the Phillies, allowing four earned runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings while catching too much of the plate with his fastball. Nola’s ERA in his first three starts is 7.04.

Kyle Schwarber homered for Philadelphia while Bryson Stott went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to extend his season-opening hitting streak to 11 games. Nick Castellanos and Josh Harrison also had multihit games.


Bryce Harper was once again in the batting cage for the Phillies on Tuesday afternoon, hitting balls into the second deck at Citizens Bank Park in early batting practice. Harper, the 2015 and 2021 National League MVP, also took ground balls to practice fielding at first base and did some modified sliding drills around the bag.

Sliding is the biggest concern among the Phillies about Harper’s reconstructed right elbow.

“Once he gets on base, we can put a brace on him,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “But if he hits a double, you can’t hand a brace off as he rounds first base.”

Harper is expected to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed his Tommy John surgery back in November, when the Phillies visit Los Angeles in early May. ElAttrache will be the one who gives the full clearance for Harper to ramp up baseball activities with a potential goal of a return to the lineup by the end of May.


Phillies: LHP Cristopher Sanchez (left triceps tendonitis) made his first rehab appearance on Tuesday, throwing four innings of no-hit, no run baseball while striking out six for Triple A Lehigh Valley. It is possible that Sanchez, who was placed on the injured list on March 27, could fit into Philadelphia’s back of the starting rotation. “He will continue to lengthen him out unless we change it,” Thomson said.


The two teams wrap up their three-game set with a late afternoon game on Wednesday. Zach Wheeler (0-1, 5.59 ERA) will start for Philadelphia against Miami RHP Edward Cabrera (0-1, 5.40 ERA).


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