Coming off a strong offensive performance in the series opener, the Phillies try for a fifth straight home victory over the lowly Marlins on Friday night.
Domonic Brown homered for one of his three hits and Kyle Kendrick threw seven solid innings as Philadelphia (13-16) avoided a third straight defeat with a 7-2 win over Miami on Thursday. Ryan Howard added a solo shot for the Phillies, who snapped a three-game home skid to improve to 7-8 at Citizens Bank Park.
Philadelphia has won 10 of 13 overall and 17 of 22 at home against the Marlins (8-21).
Batting .394 (13 for 33) with three home runs and six RBIs during a nine-game home hitting streak, Howard is 7 for 14 while the Phillies have won three of four versus Miami this season.
Brown is batting .387 (12 for 31) with two homers and seven RBIs in his last eight games. He’s hit .322 with two homers and nine RBIs in 16 overall against the Marlins.
“He’s got the talent to be a good hitter,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “He can not only be a high average hitter, but a power hitter, too.”
Scheduled to make his third career start, Philadelphia’s Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35 ERA) looks to build on his first career victory. He allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings of a 9-4 road win over the New York Mets on Saturday.
The right-hander has managed to avoid the big inning and is expected to remain in the rotation for the injured John Lannan
“He deserves to pitch some more,” Manuel said. “He kept his composure. … He got in a tight jam (in the fourth inning) but he wiggled his way out of it. That was good.”
The Marlins counter with Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82), who has allowed three runs in each of his last two outings. On Sunday, the right-hander gave up four hits in a season-high seven innings of a 6-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Nolasco, who gave up a run in six innings of a 3-1, 10-inning home loss to the Phillies on April 12, is 6-1 with a 2.98 ERA in seven starts at Citizens Bank Park.
Center fielder Justin Ruggiano homered Thursday for the Marlins, who have dropped two straight since a season-high three-game winning streak. Ruggiano is 6 for 16 (.375) in the last four games, and he’s batting .316 (6 for 19) with two home runs and five RBIs in seven career contests at Citizens Bank Park.
Ex-Phillie Juan Pierre became the 14th major leaguer to steal 600 bases Thursday. In his 14th season, Pierre is the eighth player since 1920 to record at least 1,000 runs, 2,000 hits and 600 steals.
“We got the base for him,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “He’s a tremendous competitor and has had an amazing career.”
Pierre is nine of 10 in stolen bases this season.