Altherr, Arrieta help Phillies past Marlins, 2-0

MIAMI (AP) The biggest play of the night for the Philadelphia Phillies started in the middle of the sixth inning, when manager Gabe Kapler switched things around in the outfield for a little more defense.

Minutes later, he looked like a genius.

Aaron Altherr drove in his first run of July and - shortly after getting moved from center to right - started a sensational relay , helping Jake Arrieta and the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies top the Miami Marlins 2-0 on Friday night.

''It may have been our most impressive all-around play,'' Kapler said of the relay. ''Well, there have been a lot of them. But that was a very impressive all-around play. Nice job from start to finish.''

It went like this: Pinch hitter Derek Dietrich drove a ball within a couple inches of clearing the fence in right. Altherr played the carom and made a one-hop relay throw to Scott Kingery in short right. Kingery turned and fired the ball to catcher Jorge Alfaro barely in time for him to slap a tag on the back of Cameron Maybin's leg before he could get a cleat on home plate.

Behind the plate, backing up the play, Arrieta was dumbfounded.

''Not an easy play at all,'' Arrieta said. ''That was huge. That was huge.''

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said in hindsight, Maybin probably should have tried to slide.

''You talk about little things in a game,'' Mattingly said. ''It changes probably how we pitch, the guys we use. ... It's a difficult one. I'm not sure what the thought process was with the read from Cam.''

Arrieta pitched seven innings of three-hit ball. Victor Arano got three outs and Pat Neshek finished the three-hitter for his first save.

Maikel Franco hit his 13th homer of the season in the ninth for the Phillies, who have won 10 of their last 13. They went up 1-0 early when Altherr, who came in hitting only .169, doubled in Kingery in the second inning for all the support Arrieta (7-6) would need. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner struck out three and walked three.

For Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen (2-7), it was another brilliant home showing. He allowed one run and five hits in six innings, striking out eight - his most since May 2016 - and walking one. At home this season, his ERA is now 1.83. On the road, it's 10.47.

''Wei-Yin was very good,'' Mattingly said. ''The first couple of innings they got some hits but then he seemed to find a little groove. He was lights out the rest of the night.''

It was the ninth time the Marlins have been blanked this season, three of those coming against the Phillies.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Philadelphia was playing its third game in three cities in three days - at the Mets on Wednesday, at Baltimore on Thursday and then the opener in Miami. So the lineup got shook up a bit, with newly called-up Trevor Plouffe getting his first start of 2018 and batting third, Kingery batting fifth for the 10th time this year and Alfaro in the No. 6 hole for the third time.

Marlins: OF Lewis Brinson's right hip injury is worse than first thought. Originally thought to be merely inflammation, Brinson has now been diagnosed with a bone bruise and could be out for several more weeks. Brinson is hitting only .186 this season.

MEMORIES

Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley, a Phillies legend, said Friday he is retiring after this season. That brought up a certain memory for Kapler, who was there for Utley's first hit. Kapler was the starting right fielder for Colorado on April 24, 2003, and that initial Utley hit - a grand slam - sailed over his head on its way toward becoming a souvenir. ''I remember it well,'' Kapler said.

BIG WEEK

Imagine this: Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto is going to the All-Star Game, and that selection isn't even the best part of his week. Realmuto was back in the lineup Friday night after missing three games for the birth of his daughter. ''It's definitely been an exciting week so far,'' Realmuto said.

ON PACE

The Phillies are 53-40 through 93 games. That's better than their 1980 and 2008 World Series champion teams were this deep into a season - the Phillies were 48-45 in 1980, 50-43 in 2008. Meanwhile, the 2017 Marlins had Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna. The 2018 Marlins don't, and it barely has mattered. Through 96 games last season, the Marlins were 44-52 - this season, they're 39-57.

UP NEXT

RHP Aaron Nola (12-2, 2.27 ERA) tries to become the NL's first 13-game winner when he gets the ball for the Phillies on Saturday afternoon. RHP Trevor Richards (2-5, 5.24 ERA) starts for Miami.

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  • W: J. Arrieta (7-6)L: W. Chen (2-7)S: P. Neshek (1)
  • HR: PHI - M. Franco (13)
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J. Alfaro C40100020.253.300.396.6960.0
M. Franco 3B41111002.272.319.467.7866.0
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  • a-fouled out for Arrieta in the 8th
  • b-singled for Arano in the 9th
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M. Prado 3B30000003.217.266.275.5410.0
G. Cooper LF30000010.222.323.222.545-0.5
J. Riddle SS30000010.266.295.448.743-0.5
C. Maybin CF10100200.235.319.308.6263.0
W. Chen P10000000.136.136.136.2730.0
a- D. Dietrich PH10100000.288.351.455.8062.0
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-doubled for Chen in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Guerra in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Altherr (8)
  • HR - M. Franco (13)
  • RBI - M. Franco (46), A. Altherr (33)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Franco (18), A. Altherr (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Dietrich (18)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - C. Maybin
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Altherr (2)
  • DP - 2 (Kingery-Hernandez-Santana; Franco-Hernandez-Santana)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - B. Anderson (6), G. Cooper
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Arrieta (W, 7-6)7.03003303.231.2226.5
V. Arano (H, 5)1.00001102.381.122.5
P. Neshek (S, 1)1.00000000.000.6910.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Arrieta (W, 7-6)7.0
V. Arano (H, 5)1.0
P. Neshek (S, 1)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 2-7)6.05111805.751.5013.0
J. Guerra2.00001402.080.697.0
B. Ziegler1.03110014.501.37-1.0
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 2-7)6.0
J. Guerra2.0
B. Ziegler1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 95-54, V. Arano 20-11, P. Neshek 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 9-5, V. Arano 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 23, V. Arano 4, P. Neshek 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Guerra
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 90-59, J. Guerra 38-23, B. Ziegler 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 2-7, J. Guerra 1-2, B. Ziegler 2-0
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 23, J. Guerra 8, B. Ziegler 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Hernandez 2B30100110.270.378.378.7561.5
R. Hoskins LF30000111.252.363.460.8230.5
T. Plouffe RF30000021.250.250.250.500-1.0
O. Herrera CF10000010.276.328.462.790-0.5
C. Santana 1B40100003.214.358.406.7641.0
S. Kingery SS41100011.233.279.337.6161.5
J. Alfaro C40100020.253.300.396.6960.0
M. Franco 3B41111002.272.319.467.7866.0
A. Altherr CF-RF40210020.176.296.312.6083.0
J. Arrieta P20000022.167.219.267.485-1.0
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V. Arano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-fouled out for Arrieta in the 8th
  • b-singled for Arano in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Castro 2B40000001.293.340.412.7520.0
B. Anderson RF40000000.285.361.417.7790.0
J. Realmuto C40000010.312.363.543.906-0.5
J. Bour 1B10100200.238.364.421.7853.0
M. Prado 3B30000003.217.266.275.5410.0
G. Cooper LF30000010.222.323.222.545-0.5
J. Riddle SS30000010.266.295.448.743-0.5
C. Maybin CF10100200.235.319.308.6263.0
W. Chen P10000000.136.136.136.2730.0
a- D. Dietrich PH10100000.288.351.455.8062.0
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Ziegler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-doubled for Chen in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Guerra in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Altherr (8)
  • HR - M. Franco (13)
  • RBI - M. Franco (46), A. Altherr (33)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Franco (18), A. Altherr (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Dietrich (18)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - C. Maybin
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Altherr (2)
  • DP - 2 (Kingery-Hernandez-Santana; Franco-Hernandez-Santana)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - B. Anderson (6), G. Cooper
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Arrieta (W, 7-6)7.03003303.231.2226.5
V. Arano (H, 5)1.00001102.381.122.5
P. Neshek (S, 1)1.00000000.000.6910.0
Total9.0300440---
PITCHERSIP
J. Arrieta (W, 7-6)7.0
V. Arano (H, 5)1.0
P. Neshek (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 2-7)6.05111805.751.5013.0
J. Guerra2.00001402.080.697.0
B. Ziegler1.03110014.501.37-1.0
Total9.08222121---
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 2-7)6.0
J. Guerra2.0
B. Ziegler1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 95-54, V. Arano 20-11, P. Neshek 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 9-5, V. Arano 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 23, V. Arano 4, P. Neshek 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Guerra
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 90-59, J. Guerra 38-23, B. Ziegler 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 2-7, J. Guerra 1-2, B. Ziegler 2-0
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 23, J. Guerra 8, B. Ziegler 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Franco homered to left20
  • 2ND INNING
    Altherr doubled to deep left, Kingery scored, Alfaro to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brad Ziegler pitching
    • S. Kingery: Foul, Kingery grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Alfaro grounded out to third
    • M. Franco: Foul, Franco homered to left
    • A. Altherr: Foul, Altherr reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Andrew Knapp hit for Victor Arano
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Ball, Knapp singled to right, Altherr to third, Knapp out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Pat Neshek pitching
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro popped out to second
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Anderson lined out to right
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Realmuto lined out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Nick Williams hit for Jake Arrieta
    • N. Williams: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Williams fouled out to left
    • C. Hernandez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hoskins struck out looking
    • O. Herrera: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Herrera struck out, reached on wild pitch, Hernandez to second on wild pitch
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Santana grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Victor Arano pitching
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cooper flied out to right
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Foul, Riddle grounded out to second
    • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
    • Miguel Rojas hit for Javy Guerra
    • M. Rojas: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Javy Guerra pitching
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Franco popped out to second
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Altherr struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bour walked
    • M. Prado: Ball, Prado lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Plouffe flied out to right
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Santana singled to right
    • S. Kingery: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingery popped out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Odubel Herrera in center field
    • J. Riddle: Riddle lined out to second
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Wei-Yin Chen
    • D. Dietrich: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dietrich doubled to deep right center, Maybin out at home
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Castro flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • J. Arrieta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Arrieta struck out looking
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Bour walked
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Prado grounded into double play third to second to first, Bour out at second
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Cooper grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kingery struck out looking
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Alfaro struck out looking
    • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Franco popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Realmuto grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez singled to left, Hernandez out at second
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Plouffe struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Santana fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Riddle struck out on foul tip
    • C. Maybin: Maybin singled to left
    • W. Chen: Pickoff attempt, Maybin picked off at first, pitcher to first, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Chen grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Ball, Santana grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Kingery: Foul, Kingery singled to left
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Alfaro singled to left, Kingery to second
    • M. Franco: Franco lined out to center
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Altherr doubled to deep left, Kingery scored, Alfaro to third
    • J. Arrieta: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Arrieta struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bour singled to center
    • M. Prado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Prado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bour out at second
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Cooper struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez lined out to center
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hoskins flied out to left
    • T. Plouffe: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Plouffe struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Castro lined out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Anderson grounded out to third
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Realmuto flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)