Leiter takes no-no into 6th, dominates Marlins

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PHILADELPHIA — The Marlins’ offense finally met its match on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies right-hander Mark Leiter dazzled over seven innings, allowing just one hit and two walks in an 8-0 victory over Miami. Leiter carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, when Miguel Rojas hit a leadoff double into the left-field corner. Statcast™ had the hit probability for Rojas’ two-bagger at just four percent, which was no solace to Leiter. But he impressed nonetheless, especially after the Marlins had a combined 27 hits, 19 runs and six home runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies on Tuesday.

Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino allowed eight hits and six runs over 2 1/3 innings. Miami falls to 62-63 and is now six games behind Colorado for the second National League Wild Card spot, pending the Rockies’ game in Kansas City on Wednesday night.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Hoskins stays hot: Rhys Hoskins crushed a three-run home run into the second deck in left field to give the Phillies a 5-0 lead in the third inning. The ball traveled a projected 445 feet, tying Nick Williams‘ homer on Tuesday night for the Phillies’ second-longest of the season. It was Hoskins’ seventh homer in just 14 career games. Hoskins, who leads the Majors in home runs since his Aug. 13 promotion from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, later hit a two-run double in the seventh to give him a career-high five RBIs.

Alfaro is streaking: Phillies rookie catcher Jorge Alfaro, who is the No. 69 prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline.com, doubled to left field to score a run in the third inning. Alfaro, who has his safely in each of his nine games this season, capped a five-run third inning against Nicolino that put the game well out of the Marlins’ reach.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia who covered the Marlins on Wednesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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