De La Cruz’s four hits lead Marlins to series-win over Phillies

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JULY 9: Bryan De La Cruz #14 of the Miami Marlins hits a solo home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at loanDepot park on July 9, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sam Navarro/Getty Images) (Sam Navarro, 2023 Getty Images)

MIAMI – Bryan De La Cruz homered among his four hits as the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 on Sunday.

Jesús Sánchez and rookie Dane Myers also went deep for the Marlins, who reached the All-Star break with their best record in franchise history at 53-39.

Marlins starter Jesús Luzardo (8-5) struck out nine and allowed four hits over 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander gave up two runs and was lifted after he plunked Bryson Stott, who had two of the hits against Luzardo. He took steps toward Stott during his walk to first and they briefly exchanged words.

Phillies’ star slugger Bryce Harper was kept out of the lineup as a precaution because of right elbow soreness. Harper was hit by a pitch on his surgically repaired elbow Saturday and exited after the third inning.

Every Marlins batter, except Luis Arraez, had a hit against Phillies starter Aaron Nola and two relievers. Arraez went 0-for-4 and his major league-leading batting average dropped to .383.

After a franchise-tying 13-game road win streak, the Phillies lost the final two of the three-game set against Miami.

Sánchez gave Miami an early lead with his two-run shot in the first. He drove the first pitch from Nola (8-6) over the wall in center for his ninth homer.

Solo blasts by Myers and De La Cruz and Jean Segura’s RBI single in the third made it 5-0. The 27-year-old Myers has hit safely in six of seven games since being promoted from the minors July 3.

Nola was lifted after six innings. The right-hander gave up five runs, eight hits and struck out six. His final strikeout against Joey Wendle on a third-strike clock violation in the sixth was the 1,500 of his career.

Philadelphia cut the deficit on Edmundo Sosa’s two-run shot in the fifth before De La Cruz added an RBI single off Phillies reliever Matt Strohm in the seventh.


The Phillies placed LHP José Alvarado on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Friday, because of left elbow inflammation. RHP Andrew Bellatti was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.


The reduction of inter division games and road stops has brought noticeable quirks to the schedule. It took three months for the Phillies to make their first visit to Miami yet they will return for their second and final road division set against the Marlins on Aug. 2.


Phillies: INF-OF Josh Harrison was a late scratch because of right wrist soreness. Harrison felt discomfort after a slide during Saturday’s game.


Phillies: LHP Christopher Sánchez (0-2, 2.84) will start the opener of a four-game home series against San Diego Friday.

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