By Sam Bush
Bryce Harper said so long to his slump, and the Phils said so long for now to rook pitcher Spencer Howard.
Harper homered, doubled and reached base five times, leading the Phillies to a 12-6 win over the Miami Marlins.
Harper was in a 1-for-10 stretch, and also singled and walked twice as the Phillies evened their seven-game series with Miami at 2-2.
“The last couple of weeks my team has picked me up for sure,” Harper said. “Everybody was swinging the bats really well. I was just standing there. As an organization, as a whole, these guys have been cheering me on and wanted me to do my best.
“If we’re going to be successful as an organization as a team, I have to play better. It’s plain and simple.”
Didi Gregorius hit his seventh career grand slam, and Kyle Garlick keyed a five-run eighth with a bases-clearing double.
Gregorius gave the Phillies an early lead with his blast in the first. Gregorius drove a slider from Miami starter Jose Urena (0-1) over the wall in right field for his seventh homer of the season.
Harper increased Philadelphia’s advantage to 5-0 with a leadoff shot in the third.
“Really encouraging because we’re going to need his bat down the stretch,” manager Joe Girardi said of Harper. “When a guy that good goes through some struggles, he’s going to get hot. We know he can carry a club. He hit balls hard everywhere.”
Phillies starter Spencer Howard left with right shoulder stiffness after allowing Brian Anderson’s three-run homer in the fourth. The rookie right-hander had kept the Marlins hitless through the first 3 2/3 before Jesus Aguilar singled. Matt Joyce walked and Anderson followed with his sixth homer. Howard walked two and struck out five.
Heath Hembree (3-0) relieved Howard and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Adam Morgan was the Phillies fifth reliever and pitched a scoreless ninth.
Miami closed to within 6-4 on Lewis Brinson’s RBI double in the sixth, but the Phillies responded with an infield single by Adam Haseley’ that scored Jean Segura from third in the seventh.
“Every time we got anywhere close, it seemed like they ran on us again,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said.
Aguilar had three hits, including his sixth homer for Miami.
Urena, who celebrated his 29th birthday Saturday, yielded six runs and five hits. He walked four and struck out two.