Phils drop finale despite big flies, big frame

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PHILADELPHIA — Down but not out, J.T. Realmuto brought Miami back against the Phillies’ offensive outpouring, climbing out of a five-run hole to beat Philadelphia, 9-8, on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to take the four-game series three games to one.

Giancarlo Stanton uncorked his hardest-hit homer of the year, 115.7 mph according to Statcast™, in the third, before a Derek Dietrich single put Miami ahead, 3-1. But the Phillies’ burgeoning youth movement struck in their next two frames, pushing the Phillies’ lead.

Twenty-six-year-old first baseman Tommy Joseph continued his hot week, bashing his third homer in four games in Philadelphia’s five-run third inning. One inning after Rhys Hoskins‘ solo homer — his eighth of the season, making him the third player ever with eight in his first 15 games, the 24-year-old tacked on a two-run single in the crooked inning. In the next frame, 24-year-old outfielder Nick Williams jumped on a fastball from Vance Worley, sending it into the gap in right to score another run and push the Phillies’ lead to 8-3.

That trio knocked in all eight Phillies runs.

Miami was not deterred. Three homers — two traditional blasts by A.J. Ellis and and Christian Yelich, and an inside-the-parker from Realmuto — knotted the score at 8 after the sixth, in time for Realmuto to lace a hard-hit sacrifice fly to Williams in center to bring home Yelich, the game’s winning run in the eighth.

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

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

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


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