By Sam Bush
Aaron Nola struck out 10 and went the distance for the first time in his career as the Phillies handed the Miami Marlins their worst drubbing in two days, winning 11-0.
And then the Phillies’ struggling relief corps had another rocky night in a 5-3 loss. Jorge Alfaro had his fourth consecutive two-RBI game for the Marlins, who scored on three relievers.
Officially, Nola’s performance went in the books as a complete game.
“I don’t feel like it counts,” he said. “Nine innings is a complete game. But I felt good today. I’m glad I finished it out.”
With the split, the second-place Phillies remained half a game ahead of the third-place Marlins in the NL East. Miami’s split came two days after they got routed 29-9 in Atlanta.
Nola (5-3) didn’t allow a hit until Brian Anderson singled to cap a 10-pitch at-bat leading off the fifth. By then the Phillies had their 11-run lead.
“Nola was really good,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “He wasn’t making mistakes that were leaking to the middle. He was on the edges all day.”
Andrew McCutchen drove in three runs with three hits, including his sixth homer. Rhys Hoskins hit a three-run homer, his 10th. Adam Haseley doubled twice, singled and drove in two runs.
Nola allowed three singles, hit two batters, walked none, threw 106 pitches and reached double digits in strikeouts for the fourth time this year. The complete game was his first in 136 career starts, and he conceded he kept the game b all as a souvenir.
“I might throw with it tomorrow,” he said.
Nola lowered his ERA to 2.40 and pitched at least seven innings for the fifth time this year.
“I definitely want to go as long as I can, especially in a doubleheader,” he said. “That’s kind of our job as starters. We want to take as much stress off the bullpen as possible.”
Trevor Rogers (1-1) gave up nine runs, eight earned, in three-plus innings.
Alfaro’s two-run single capped a three-run fourth. Lewis Brinson hit his third homer off Heath Hembree, who has allowed six homers in 6 1/3 innings this year.
“His ball is up in the zone,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s just bad misses. He has not been locating very well lately.”
Ranger Suarez (above, 0-1), the third of five pitchers, allowed three runs while getting just one out. The Phils’ bullpen came into the game with an ERA of 7.14.
Isan Diaz, who opted out early this season and returned to action Friday, put Miami ahead to stay with an RBI single off Suarez.
James Hoyt (2-0) struck out the only batter he faced. Yimi Garcia gave up a run for the first time this season but earned his first save since 2015.
The Phils’ Bryce Harper ended an 0-for-18 slump with a double off Garcia.