Here’s what the Phillies showed in bouncing back from streak-ending defeat


PHILADELPHIA — There seemed to be a little more at stake Monday than in a normal Phillies‘ regular-season game.

Interim manager Rob Thomson’s team was coming off a 13-1 pasting by the Diamondbacks that halted the Phils’ nine-game win streak (eight of which came under Thomson) in which they didn’t hit, pitch or play defense well.

The Phillies’ offense had been productive during the streak, while the pitching — especially the bullpen — sparkled and the defense was consistently better than it had been in the first 50 games for Joe Girardi.

The Phillies' Rhys Hoskins is doused by teammates Bryson Stott, left, and Kyle Schwarber after Hoskins' game-winning hit Monday against the Marlins.

The Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins is doused by teammates Bryson Stott, left, and Kyle Schwarber after Hoskins’ game-winning hit Monday against the Marlins.

“It’s big to come back and win right away and maybe we get on a roll here,” Thomson said.

Plus, the Marlins have given the Phillies trouble in recent years, going 27-21 against the Fightins over the three previous seasons despite Miami only compiling a 155-229 record during that span. The Phils haven’t won the season series from the Marlins, who took three of four from Philly earlier this year in Miami, since 2018.

“We’ve struggled against Miami, as we all know,” said starting pitcher Aaron Nola. “They play us good all the time.”

Monday began a stretch of eight games in seven days for the Phillies, including a Friday doubleheader vs. the Nationals in Washington. All eight are against National League East rivals.

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They’re only 7-14 going into Tuesday vs. the NL East, with a 3-9 record against the Mets, as well as a 2-2 mark vs. the Braves and having gone 2-3 against the Marlins. The Phillies have yet to face the Nationals.

“We beat some teams — L.A. (the Angels) was kind of scuffling at the time and we fed off of that (in a three-game sweep),” Thomson said. “We beat a first-place team in Milwaukee (in another three-game sweep). I said we’ve got to start winning games in our division (because) that’s what good teams do. That (Monday is) a good start.”

The Phils’ 3-2 victory Monday at Citizens Bank Park moved them back above .500 (31-30) and 3½ games out of the third and final National League wild-card spot.

In addition to topping the pesky Marlins, it erased the taste of Sunday’s putrid performance. Perhaps that was just a one-day issue and not an indication that they could be slipping into previous bad habits.

The Phillies played error-free ball and received a solid, seven-inning outing from Nola, as well as 1-2-3 eighth and ninth innings from relievers Connor Brogdon and Seranthony Dominguez.

With Thomson giving Alec Bohm and the…



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