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Aaron Nola whiffs 10 as Phillies finish sweep of Marlins

Jul 17, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Nola pitched tossed 8 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out a season-high-tying 10 batters as the Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game sweep, defeating the host Miami Marlins, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon.

It was Philadelphia’s first sweep in South Florida since 2010 as the Phillies finishing their nine-game road trip at 5-4 entering the All-Star break.

Miami, which has gone eight straight games without hitting a homer, scored just one run in this series, including two consecutive shutouts.

It marked the sixth shutout in the past 13 games for Philadelphia, which continues to play without injured starters Bryce Harper and Jean Segura — both out with broken hands.

Yairo Munoz lofted a two-run homer to lead the offense for the Phillies, who head into the All-Star break on a roll. It was Munoz’s first homer since June 18.

Former Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-3 with a run Sunday. He finished the series batting 6-for-11 with three doubles, one homer, three runs and three RBIs.

Nola (6-7) allowed just four hits — all singles — and one walk, earning his first win since June 30 and lowering his ERA to 3.13.

The Marlins didn’t get a runner to second base until Joey Wendle and Brian Anderson hit one-out singles in the ninth, forcing Nola out of the game.

Reliever Jose Alvarado picked up his first save of the season, striking out Garrett Cooper and getting Bryan De La Cruz on a grounder.

Trevor Rogers (4-9) took the loss, allowing seven hits, no walks and four runs — including Munoz’s homer — in six innings. Rogers allowed just six homers in 133 innings last year. This season, he has already allowed 11 homers in 84 innings.

Added to Miami’s misery was the ejection of DH Jesus Aguilar, who was tossed in the second inning after he disputed a called third strike.

Philadelphia got all the scoring done in the fourth inning. Leadoff man Nick Castellanos started the rally by floating a soft single to center. Realmuto beat out a would-be, double-play grounder and scored from first on Alec Bohm’s double off the wall in right-center.

Matt Vierling followed by grounding an RBI double down the third-base line. Vierling fouled off four pitches before smacking a 1-2 changeup.

After Didi Gregorius hit a pop fly for the second out of the inning, Munoz swung at the next pitch, a 92-mph fastball, slugging his homer 386 feet to left.

The Marlins, who are now off until they play host to the Texas Rangers on Thursday, didn’t threaten until the ninth, when Cooper’s two-on shot down the left-field line was foul by just one foot. He struck out on the next pitch, and De La Cruz bounced out to end the game.

Philadelphia is off until Friday, when the Phillies will play host to the Chicago Cubs.

–Field Level Media