Franco, Altherr hit slams and Phillies rout Marlins 20-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Long counts and long drives helped the Philadelphia Phillies to an easy win.

Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr each hit a grand slam, Carlos Santana and Jorge Alfaro also went deep and the Phillies routed the Miami Marlins 20-1 Saturday night.

Vince Velasquez (1-1) allowed one run and four hits, striking out six in six innings.

Franco finished with six RBIs after just missing another homer when his two-run double hit high off the left-center field wall. He has driven in 10 runs in the past two games.

Santana's shot to deep right field was his 1,000th career hit.

Manager Gabe Kapler has been impressed with his team's patient approach at the plate. Philadelphia's hitters walked six times and saw 200 pitches.

''We've been grinding out at-bats and great things happened,'' Kapler said.

Marlins left-hander Dillon Peters (1-1) gave up nine runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings. Miami catcher Bryan Holaday tossed a perfect eighth, fanning cleanup hitter Rhys Hoskins on a 62 mph pitch to end the inning and earn smiles from teammates in the dugout.

Franco's homer in the first made it 5-1. Altherr's drive in the third extended the lead to 9-1. He was 1 for 19 this season before putting one in the seats in left.

''I'm seeing the ball really good, feel really comfortable and just trying to get deeper in the count and hit a good pitch,'' Franco said.

The Phillies had not hit two slams in one game since Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez connected against Washington on April 27, 2009.

They scored 19 runs combined in the first six games before becoming the first NL team to score 20 in one of its first 10 games of a season since the 1954 Chicago Cubs.

Santana's blast highlighted an eight-run fourth inning off Jacob Turner.

Even Velasquez had two of Philadelphia's 20 hits. The Phillies have won two in a row after dropping four of their first five.

''Man, 20 runs, that's crazy,'' Velasquez said. ''It motivated me to at least get five. My first two innings were tough but I settled down and found my groove.''

Miami has lost four in a row.

''It seemed like everything went their way,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''It only counts for one (loss).''

ROSTER MOVE

Phillies right-hander Jake Thompson was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after pitching three scoreless innings for his first career save.

GETTING OFFENSIVE

Philadelphia's 20 runs were tied for its ninth-most in a game since 1900 and marked the 14th time it has scored 20 or more in that span. The last time the Phillies scored 20 runs was July 6, 2009, when they had 22 against Cincinnati. .... The Phillies scored 17 runs within the first four innings of the game for just the third time in franchise history.

ANALYZE THIS

Outfielder Nick Williams had a conversation with Kapler after making critical comments following the home opener Thursday. Williams, who hit .288 with 12 homers and 55 RBIs in 83 games as a rookie, was frustrated after not starting four of the first six games.

''I guess the computers are making the lineup, I don't know,'' Williams said, referring to Kapler's fondness for analytics.

''He's a terrific athlete,'' Kapler said. ''We want our players to want to play every day.''

Williams said his comments were a joke.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: C J.T. Realmuto is making progress from a bone bruise in his lower back, according to Mattingly. Realmuto is rehabbing in Florida and could return later this month.

Phillies: RHP Pat Neshek said he feels better after receiving a cortisone shot on Friday. Neshek began the season on the DL because of a shoulder injury and expects to return in a month.

UP NEXT

RHP Jake Arrieta, the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner, makes his debut with the Phillies on Sunday after signing a $75 million, three-year deal in free agency. RHP Trevor Richards (0-1, 10.38 ERA) makes his second career start for the Marlins.

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  • W: V. Velasquez (1-1)L: D. Peters (1-1)S: J. Thompson (1)
  • HR: PHI - C. Santana (2), J. Alfaro (1), M. Franco (2), A. Altherr (1)
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L. Brinson CF30000101.184.244.184.4281.0
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B. Lee RF10100000.167.286.167.4521.0
J. Bour 1B40000023.133.188.167.354-1.0
B. Anderson 3B40000013.281.410.438.848-0.5
C. Maybin RF30100020.321.387.429.8160.0
J. Tazawa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Holaday P10000001.100.182.100.2820.0
M. Rojas SS30100010.233.303.300.6030.5
C. Wallach C20000022.095.174.143.317-1.0
C. O'Grady P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Rivera 2B10000000.111.200.111.3110.0
D. Peters P10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Turner P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Telis C20000000.200.273.200.4730.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Hernandez 2B31110103.308.438.462.8994.0
    N. Williams LF21100000.154.154.154.3082.0
    C. Santana 1B42231002.192.281.500.78110.0
    P. Florimon SS21100000.333.333.333.6672.0
    S. Kingery SS-2B52210120.261.320.391.7116.0
    R. Hoskins LF-1B33230210.435.533.7391.27210.5
    O. Herrera CF52300024.333.391.429.8205.0
    M. Franco 3B43261102.316.409.7891.19916.0
    A. Altherr RF42141120.091.259.227.48710.0
    J. Alfaro C52321020.286.412.500.9129.0
    V. Velasquez P41200011.500.500.5001.0002.5
    J. Thompson P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Castro (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Kingery (3), R. Hoskins (4), O. Herrera (2), M. Franco
      • HR - C. Santana (2), M. Franco (2), A. Altherr, J. Alfaro
      • SF - R. Hoskins
      • RBI - C. Hernandez (2), C. Santana 3 (6), S. Kingery, R. Hoskins 3 (6), M. Franco 6 (11), A. Altherr 4 (5), J. Alfaro 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Santana 3 (4), R. Hoskins (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Alfaro (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Peters (L, 1-1)2.29993329.352.19-18.5
      J. Turner1.068831115.883.18-13.5
      C. O'Grady1.10000301.930.864.5
      T. Guerrero1.042201010.132.25-2.5
      J. Tazawa1.01110211.590.712.0
      B. Holaday1.00000100.000.003.5
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      V. Velasquez (W, 1-1)6.04111605.191.8525.0
      J. Thompson (S, 1)3.01000407.201.6017.0
      PITCHERSIP
      V. Velasquez (W, 1-1)6.0
      J. Thompson (S, 1)3.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Peters 84-52, J. Turner 46-25, C. O'Grady 25-19, T. Guerrero 20-13, J. Tazawa 17-12, B. Holaday 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Peters 2-2, J. Turner 1-1, J. Tazawa 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Peters 19, J. Turner 12, C. O'Grady 4, T. Guerrero 7, J. Tazawa 4, B. Holaday 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - V. Velasquez 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 98-64, J. Thompson 39-26
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 6-6, J. Thompson 3-2
      • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 23, J. Thompson 10
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      D. Dietrich LF41100012.278.350.417.7671.5
      L. Brinson CF30000101.184.244.184.4281.0
      S. Castro 2B30100001.314.400.371.7712.0
      T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      B. Lee RF10100000.167.286.167.4521.0
      J. Bour 1B40000023.133.188.167.354-1.0
      B. Anderson 3B40000013.281.410.438.848-0.5
      C. Maybin RF30100020.321.387.429.8160.0
      J. Tazawa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      B. Holaday P10000001.100.182.100.2820.0
      M. Rojas SS30100010.233.303.300.6030.5
      C. Wallach C20000022.095.174.143.317-1.0
      C. O'Grady P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      Y. Rivera 2B10000000.111.200.111.3110.0
      D. Peters P10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
      J. Turner P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      T. Telis C20000000.200.273.200.4730.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Hernandez 2B31110103.308.438.462.8994.0
        N. Williams LF21100000.154.154.154.3082.0
        C. Santana 1B42231002.192.281.500.78110.0
        P. Florimon SS21100000.333.333.333.6672.0
        S. Kingery SS-2B52210120.261.320.391.7116.0
        R. Hoskins LF-1B33230210.435.533.7391.27210.5
        O. Herrera CF52300024.333.391.429.8205.0
        M. Franco 3B43261102.316.409.7891.19916.0
        A. Altherr RF42141120.091.259.227.48710.0
        J. Alfaro C52321020.286.412.500.9129.0
        V. Velasquez P41200011.500.500.5001.0002.5
        J. Thompson P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
        Total42202020461112-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Castro (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Kingery (3), R. Hoskins (4), O. Herrera (2), M. Franco
          • HR - C. Santana (2), M. Franco (2), A. Altherr, J. Alfaro
          • SF - R. Hoskins
          • RBI - C. Hernandez (2), C. Santana 3 (6), S. Kingery, R. Hoskins 3 (6), M. Franco 6 (11), A. Altherr 4 (5), J. Alfaro 2 (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Santana 3 (4), R. Hoskins (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Alfaro (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Peters (L, 1-1)2.29993329.352.19-18.5
          J. Turner1.068831115.883.18-13.5
          C. O'Grady1.10000301.930.864.5
          T. Guerrero1.042201010.132.25-2.5
          J. Tazawa1.01110211.590.712.0
          B. Holaday1.00000100.000.003.5
          Total8.02020206114---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Peters (L, 1-1)2.2
          J. Turner1.0
          C. O'Grady1.1
          T. Guerrero1.0
          J. Tazawa1.0
          B. Holaday1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          V. Velasquez (W, 1-1)6.04111605.191.8525.0
          J. Thompson (S, 1)3.01000407.201.6017.0
          Total9.05111100---
          PITCHERSIP
          V. Velasquez (W, 1-1)6.0
          J. Thompson (S, 1)3.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Peters 84-52, J. Turner 46-25, C. O'Grady 25-19, T. Guerrero 20-13, J. Tazawa 17-12, B. Holaday 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Peters 2-2, J. Turner 1-1, J. Tazawa 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Peters 19, J. Turner 12, C. O'Grady 4, T. Guerrero 7, J. Tazawa 4, B. Holaday 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - V. Velasquez 2 (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 98-64, J. Thompson 39-26
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 6-6, J. Thompson 3-2
          • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 23, J. Thompson 10
          • 7TH INNING
            Alfaro homered to center120
          • 6TH INNING
            Hoskins hit sacrifice fly to right, Florimon scored119
            Kingery doubled to deep left, Williams scored, Florimon to third118
          • 4TH INNING
            Hoskins doubled to deep right, Kingery scored117
            Santana homered to right, Alfaro and Velasquez scored116
            Hernandez grounded out to pitcher, Altherr scored, Alfaro to third, Velasquez to second113
            Alfaro singled to center, Franco scored, Altherr to second112
            Franco doubled to deep center, Hoskins and Herrera scored111
          • 3RD INNING
            Altherr homered to left, Hoskins, Herrera and Franco scored19
          • 1ST INNING
            Franco homered to left, Santana, Kingery and Hoskins scored15
            Hoskins walked, Hernandez scored, Santana to third, Kingery to second11
            Dietrich scored on wild pitch10
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Thompson Pitching:
            • B. Lee: Ball, Lee reached on an infield single to second
            • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
            • B. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to catcher, Lee to second
            • B. Holaday: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Holaday grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Thompson Pitching:
            • T. Telis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Telis grounded out to third
            • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Dietrich struck out looking
            • L. Brinson: Ball, Brinson flied out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Bryan Holaday relieved Junichi Tazawa
            • P. Florimon: Foul, Florimon flied out to right
            • S. Kingery: Kingery fouled out to catcher
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jake Thompson relieved Vince Velasquez
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
            • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
            • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rivera flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Braxton Lee in right
            • Junichi Tazawa pitching
            • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
            • J. Alfaro: Ball, Alfaro homered to center
            • J. Thompson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Thompson struck out looking
            • N. Williams: Ball, Williams grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Pedro Florimon at shortstop
            • Nick Williams in left
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bour: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bour grounded out to first
            • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Yadiel Rivera at second
            • Tayron Guerrero pitching
            • V. Velasquez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Velasquez struck out swinging
            • N. Williams: Williams singled to right
            • P. Florimon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Florimon singled to right, Williams to second
            • S. Kingery: Kingery doubled to deep left, Williams scored, Florimon to third
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Ball, Hoskins hit sacrifice fly to right, Florimon scored
            • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Herrera reached on an infield single to pitcher, Kingery to third
            • M. Franco: Ball, Franco flied out to left
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • V. Velasquez Pitching:
            • T. Telis: Strike looking, Telis flied out to left
            • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dietrich grounded out to second
            • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Brinson grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. O'Grady Pitching:
            • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Franco flied out to deep center
            • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
            • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • V. Velasquez Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
            • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rojas lined out to left
            • C. Wallach: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wallach struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Turner Pitching:
            • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kingery struck out looking
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
            • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Herrera doubled to deep right, Hoskins to third
            • M. Franco: Franco doubled to deep center, Hoskins and Herrera scored
            • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altherr walked
            • J. Alfaro: Foul, Ball, Foul, Alfaro singled to center, Franco scored, Altherr to second
            • V. Velasquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Velasquez singled to right, Altherr to third, Alfaro to second
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to pitcher, Altherr scored, Alfaro to third, Velasquez to second
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Santana homered to right, Alfaro and Velasquez scored
            • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kingery walked
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Hoskins doubled to deep right, Kingery scored
            • Tomas Telis catching
            • Chris O'Grady pitching
            • O. Herrera: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (8 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • V. Velasquez Pitching:
            • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brinson walked
            • S. Castro: Foul, Castro reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Brinson out at second
            • J. Bour: Ball, Castro to second on wild pitch, Bour lined out to center
            • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Anderson flied out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Peters Pitching:
            • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
            • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Hoskins singled to left
            • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Herrera singled to right, Hoskins to second
            • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Franco walked, Hoskins to third, Herrera to second
            • A. Altherr: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Altherr homered to left, Hoskins, Herrera and Franco scored
            • J. Alfaro: Alfaro singled to left
            • V. Velasquez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Velasquez fouled out to catcher
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez singled to left, Alfaro to second
            • Jacob Turner relieved Dillon Peters
            • C. Santana: Ball, Santana popped out to second
            • End of the 3rd (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • V. Velasquez Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Maybin singled to left
            • M. Rojas: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Rojas singled to center, Maybin to third
            • C. Wallach: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wallach struck out swinging
            • D. Peters: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Peters struck out bunting foul
            • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Dietrich popped out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Peters Pitching:
            • V. Velasquez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Velasquez singled to right
            • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez grounded into double play second to first, Velasquez out at second
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Santana grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • V. Velasquez Pitching:
            • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dietrich singled to right
            • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Brinson grounded out to shortstop, Dietrich to second
            • S. Castro: Ball, Dietrich scored on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castro doubled to deep right center
            • J. Bour: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
            • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Anderson flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • D. Peters Pitching:
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
            • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santana singled to right, Hernandez to second
            • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Kingery singled to right, Hernandez to third, Santana to second
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked, Hernandez scored, Santana to third, Kingery to second
            • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • M. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Franco homered to left, Santana, Kingery and Hoskins scored
            • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Altherr flied out to center
            • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)