MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Team’s battling for a coveted playoff spot will likely be happy to see the Miami Marlins on their September schedule.READ MORE: 3 Children Injured In NW Miami-Dade Crash
Carlos Santana homered to start a four-run first inning and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Miami 9-4 Tuesday.
Jake Arrieta (10-9) struck out a season-high 11 and earned his first win since July 31. He allowed four runs in 7 1/3 innings and improved to 5-1 in eight career starts against the Marlins.
The Phillies, struggling to stay in playoff contention, began the night four games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East. They have a chance to win a series for the first time in a month Wednesday.
J.T. Realmuto hit two solo homers off Arrieta, increasing his season total to 20.
Asdrubal Cabrera drove in three runs with his 23rd homer and a double for the Phillies. Santana drove in a two runs and scored twice, while Cesar Hernandez hit a bases-loaded triple.
The Phils had totaled five runs in their previous four games, and Santana gave them a jump start leading off for only the fifth time this season. After he hit his 21st homer, Hernandez’s three-run triple later in the inning made it 4-0.
By the fifth it was 8-1. Seven Miami pitchers combined to allow nine hits and 10 walks while hitting two batters.
Newly engaged Marlins starter Trevor Richards (3-8) lasted only 1 1/3 innings in his shortest outing yet. The rookie gave up four walks, four hits and six runs, and remained winless since July 14.
The Marlins need an 8-15 finish to avoid their first 100-loss season since 2013.
Former Phillies star Jimmy Rollins joined the team at the invitation of manager Gabe Kapler to offer playoff-race encouragement.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Residents Gather To Protest Closure Of Matheson Hammock Park's West Entrance
Announced attendance at Marlins Park was 7,131. There were 1,396 fans actually in the stands for the first inning, according to a head count.
Phillies: Rhys Hoskins earned a painful RBI in the ninth when he was hit on the shoulder with the bases loaded. He left the game for a pinch runner.
Marlins: SS JT Riddle was scratched from the starting lineup because of a sore left wrist.
Marlins: INF Martin Prado (abdominal strain) went on the 60-day DL, ending another injury-plagued season in which he batted .244 in 54 games. Prado, who is under contract next season for $15 million, was limited to 37 games in 2017.
“It has been a rough couple of years for Martin,” manager Don Mattingly said.
The Marlins reinstated LHP Jarlin Garcia and RHP Elieser Hernandez from the 10-day DL, recalled INF-OF Chris Bostick from Triple-A New Orleans, and selected the contracts of RHP Tyler Kinley and 1B-OF Peter O’Brien from New Orleans.
RHP Nick Pivetta (7-10, 4.66) is scheduled to start the series finale Wednesday against Miami RHP Sandy Alcantara (1-0, 1.80), making his second start of the season.MORE NEWS: RNC Donors Gather To Hear Trump, Others In Palm Beach, The GOP's 'New Political Power Center'
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