Alcantara dazzles on the mound, Marlins top Phillies 2-1

MIAMI (AP) It's been a month since the Philadelphia Phillies won a series, and Miami's Sandy Alcantara made sure that drought continued.

Alcantara pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning in his second career start, Austin Dean drove in a pair of runs and the Marlins beat the Phillies 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Alcantara (2-0) allowed three hits, walked two and struck out six. His ERA, over 12 innings this season, dropped to 0.75.

''You're talking about a guy who can be a top of the rotation guy,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

The Phillies swept a four-game set from the Marlins from Aug. 2-5, and have lost 18 of 28 games since - with no series wins in any of their last nine opportunities. They remained three games behind Atlanta in the NL East race, after the Braves wasted a 7-1 lead and lost 9-8 earlier Wednesday to Boston.

''We set out to win every baseball game,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''And our pleasure or our disappointment hinges on how we perform, and not really what Atlanta's doing.''

Jose Bautista had a pinch-hit double and eventually scored on Asdrubal Cabrera's flare into left field in the eighth, but the Phillies mustered nothing else.

Derek Dietrich scored both Miami runs, the first when Dean hit into a fielder's choice in the second, the other on Dean's single to center in the fourth. Both of those runs were charged to Phillies starter Nick Pivetta (7-11), who gave up three hits and two runs in four innings.

''Their starting pitcher did a tremendous job,'' Pivetta said. ''But at the end of the day, I was the guy who gave up two runs, so it's on me.''

Drew Steckenrider allowed a walk and a single with one out in the ninth, but finished off his fourth save with a pair of strikeouts.

Alcantara walked Carlos Santana to lead off the game, walked Roman Quinn to lead off the eighth, and issued no other free passes. He was still reaching 98 mph in the seventh inning, then got himself out of a little situation in the seventh to preserve what was then a 2-0 lead.

Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro, who had singled twice off Alcantara and had three hits on the night, got plunked in the left arm when a fastball from the Marlins rookie sailed up and in. Alfaro wasn't amused, took a long stare toward Alcantara as he walked to first.

But Alcantara wasn't rattled, and fanned Wilson Ramos on three pitches to end the inning with his 2-0 lead intact. The Marlins let him hit in the bottom of the seventh, then sent him back out for the eighth - pulling him only after the walk to Quinn.

That runner didn't hurt Miami. Santana lined out to second baseman Starlin Castro, Quinn got caught 30 feet off the bag and the Phillies went from having the leadoff runner aboard to having the bases empty with two out.

''Everything was working tonight,'' Alcantara said.

Lewis Brinson had two hits for the Marlins, continuing his strong return after missing two months with a right hip injury. Brinson was hitting .154 when he got hurt; he's now up to .201, after going 8 for 18 since coming back.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco returned to Philadelphia to have his sore right wrist examined by a specialist. Franco is expected to rejoin the team later this week, and didn't play in any of the three games in Miami.

Marlins: JT Riddle (sore left wrist) remained sidelined, and Miguel Rojas started again at shortstop in his place. The Marlins hope Riddle can play Friday in Pittsburgh.

SCOREBOARD WATCHING

The Boston-Atlanta game was early Wednesday, which meant the Phillies could watch it in their clubhouse before taking the field in Miami. ''We're focused on our club right now but we were certainly watching,'' Kapler said.

MSD STRONG

The Marlins and Phillies both met with a couple of the survivors from the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School before the game. Former Phillies star Jimmy Rollins signed some autographs, and players from both sides handed out bats and batting gloves as gifts.

UP NEXT

Phillies: Off Thursday, then RHP Aaron Nola (15-4, 2.23) starts at the New York Mets and LHP Steven Matz (5-11, 4.20) on Friday.

Marlins: Off Thursday, then RHP Dan Straily (5-6, 4.13) starts at the Pittsburgh Pirates and RHP Chris Archer (4-7, 4.56) on Friday.

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  • W: S. Alcantara (2-0)L: N. Pivetta (7-11)S: D. Steckenrider (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Bour 1B30000002.226.342.410.7520.0
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A. Cabrera SS40110002.266.315.471.7862.0
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R. Hoskins LF40000032.246.357.482.839-1.5
N. Williams RF40000010.258.329.434.764-0.5
C. Hernandez 2B30000120.252.360.356.7170.0
J. Alfaro C30300000.262.318.402.7204.0
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b- O. Herrera PH10000001.263.316.436.7520.0
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c- W. Ramos PH10000011.306.356.503.859-0.5
S. Dominguez P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
d- P. Florimon PH10000012.242.299.452.750-0.5
R. Quinn CF20000112.338.369.525.8943.5
  • a-doubled for Bour in the 8th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Pivetta in the 5th
  • c-struck out for Hunter in the 7th
  • d-struck out for Dominguez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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M. Sierra RF00000000.168.176.188.3650.0
S. Castro 2B40000020.286.337.409.746-1.0
J. Realmuto C30000110.288.350.507.8570.5
D. Dietrich 1B22000111.267.333.430.7633.5
M. Rojas SS40100012.255.300.350.6500.5
L. Brinson CF30200002.201.244.347.5912.0
A. Dean LF30120002.206.254.397.6513.0
I. Galloway LF00000000.244.354.439.7930.0
Y. Rivera 3B20000102.182.281.227.5081.0
S. Alcantara P30000034.000.000.000.000-1.5
A. Conley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Santana (25), J. Bautista (15)
    • RBI - A. Cabrera (73)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Cabrera (26)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Santana, A. Cabrera, R. Hoskins 2 (2), N. Pivetta, W. Ramos, R. Quinn 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • RBI - A. Dean 2 (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Rojas, A. Dean, S. Alcantara 4 (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Quinn (7)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Castro-Rojas-Dietrich; Castro-Dietrich)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Pivetta (L, 7-11)4.03222404.661.302.0
    T. Hunter2.01000103.601.185.5
    S. Dominguez2.00001302.920.916.5
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Pivetta (L, 7-11)4.0
    T. Hunter2.0
    S. Dominguez2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Alcantara (W, 2-0)7.03002600.751.0829.0
    A. Conley (H, 14)0.21110004.681.16-2.0
    K. Barraclough (H, 10)0.11000104.091.34-0.5
    D. Steckenrider (S, 4)1.01001203.941.319.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Alcantara (W, 2-0)7.0
    A. Conley (H, 14)0.2
    K. Barraclough (H, 10)0.1
    D. Steckenrider (S, 4)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - N. Pivetta (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 69-45, T. Hunter 25-18, S. Dominguez 28-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 4-4, T. Hunter 5-0, S. Dominguez 2-1
    • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 18, T. Hunter 7, S. Dominguez 7
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Alcantara 2 (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 97-64, A. Conley 9-7, K. Barraclough 6-6, D. Steckenrider 27-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 8-6, D. Steckenrider 1-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 27, A. Conley 2, K. Barraclough 2, D. Steckenrider 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Santana 3B-1B30100102.228.350.418.7693.0
    J. Bour 1B30000002.226.342.410.7520.0
    a- J. Bautista PH-3B11100000.200.344.366.7093.0
    A. Cabrera SS40110002.266.315.471.7862.0
    S. Kingery PR-SS00000000.230.272.342.6130.0
    R. Hoskins LF40000032.246.357.482.839-1.5
    N. Williams RF40000010.258.329.434.764-0.5
    C. Hernandez 2B30000120.252.360.356.7170.0
    J. Alfaro C30300000.262.318.402.7204.0
    N. Pivetta P10000001.114.162.143.3050.0
    b- O. Herrera PH10000001.263.316.436.7520.0
    T. Hunter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    c- W. Ramos PH10000011.306.356.503.859-0.5
    S. Dominguez P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
    d- P. Florimon PH10000012.242.299.452.750-0.5
    R. Quinn CF20000112.338.369.525.8943.5
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    • a-doubled for Bour in the 8th
    • b-grounded into a double play for Pivetta in the 5th
    • c-struck out for Hunter in the 7th
    • d-struck out for Dominguez in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Ortega RF40000000.281.330.333.6630.0
    M. Sierra RF00000000.168.176.188.3650.0
    S. Castro 2B40000020.286.337.409.746-1.0
    J. Realmuto C30000110.288.350.507.8570.5
    D. Dietrich 1B22000111.267.333.430.7633.5
    M. Rojas SS40100012.255.300.350.6500.5
    L. Brinson CF30200002.201.244.347.5912.0
    A. Dean LF30120002.206.254.397.6513.0
    I. Galloway LF00000000.244.354.439.7930.0
    Y. Rivera 3B20000102.182.281.227.5081.0
    S. Alcantara P30000034.000.000.000.000-1.5
    A. Conley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Santana (25), J. Bautista (15)
      • RBI - A. Cabrera (73)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Cabrera (26)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Santana, A. Cabrera, R. Hoskins 2 (2), N. Pivetta, W. Ramos, R. Quinn 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • RBI - A. Dean 2 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Rojas, A. Dean, S. Alcantara 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Quinn (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Castro-Rojas-Dietrich; Castro-Dietrich)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Pivetta (L, 7-11)4.03222404.661.302.0
      T. Hunter2.01000103.601.185.5
      S. Dominguez2.00001302.920.916.5
      Total8.0422380---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Pivetta (L, 7-11)4.0
      T. Hunter2.0
      S. Dominguez2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Alcantara (W, 2-0)7.03002600.751.0829.0
      A. Conley (H, 14)0.21110004.681.16-2.0
      K. Barraclough (H, 10)0.11000104.091.34-0.5
      D. Steckenrider (S, 4)1.01001203.941.319.0
      Total9.0611390---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Alcantara (W, 2-0)7.0
      A. Conley (H, 14)0.2
      K. Barraclough (H, 10)0.1
      D. Steckenrider (S, 4)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - N. Pivetta (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 69-45, T. Hunter 25-18, S. Dominguez 28-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 4-4, T. Hunter 5-0, S. Dominguez 2-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 18, T. Hunter 7, S. Dominguez 7
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Alcantara 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 97-64, A. Conley 9-7, K. Barraclough 6-6, D. Steckenrider 27-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 8-6, D. Steckenrider 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 27, A. Conley 2, K. Barraclough 2, D. Steckenrider 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Cabrera singled to left center, Bautista scored12
      • 4TH INNING
        Dean singled to center, Dietrich scored, Rojas to second02
      • 2ND INNING
        Dean reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dietrich scored, Brinson out at second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Drew Steckenrider relieved Kyle Barraclough
        • N. Williams: Ball, Williams grounded out to second
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • J. Alfaro: Foul, Strike looking, Alfaro singled to right, Hernandez to second
        • Pedro Florimon hit for Seranthony Dominguez
        • P. Florimon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Florimon struck out swinging
        • R. Quinn: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Quinn struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Magneuris Sierra in right field
        • Isaac Galloway in left field
        • R. Quinn: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Quinn walked
        • Adam Conley relieved Sandy Alcantara
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Santana lined out to second, Quinn out at first
        • Jose Bautista hit for Justin Bour
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bautista doubled to deep right center
        • Kyle Barraclough relieved Adam Conley
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left center, Bautista scored
        • Scott Kingery ran for Asdrubal Cabrera
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Dominguez Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Realmuto walked
        • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dietrich grounded out to second, Realmuto to second
        • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Alfaro hit by pitch
        • Wilson Ramos hit for Tommy Hunter
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Seranthony Dominguez pitching
        • Y. Rivera: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rivera lined out to shortstop
        • S. Alcantara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alcantara struck out swinging
        • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Ball, Ortega grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bour grounded out to catcher
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera popped out to shortstop
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hoskins popped out to catcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Hunter Pitching:
        • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to third
        • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brinson reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Dean: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Dean grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alfaro singled to shallow right
        • Odubel Herrera hit for Nick Pivetta
        • O. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to shortstop, Alfaro out at second
        • R. Quinn: Strike looking, Ball, Quinn hit by pitch
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Quinn stole second, Santana grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tommy Hunter pitching
        • R. Ortega: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ortega grounded out to second
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Realmuto grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • R. Hoskins: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
        • N. Williams: Ball, Williams flied out to shallow left
        • C. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Dietrich hit by pitch
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rojas reached on an infield single to shortstop, Dietrich to second
        • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brinson lined out to center, Dietrich to third
        • A. Dean: Ball, Dean singled to center, Dietrich scored, Rojas to second
        • Y. Rivera: Ball, Rivera flied out to center
        • S. Alcantara: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alcantara struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • R. Quinn: Ball, Ball, Quinn fouled out to shortstop
        • C. Santana: Santana doubled to deep center
        • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bour grounded out to third, Santana to third
        • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Foul, Ortega grounded out to first
        • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Strike looking, Williams flied out to right
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Alfaro singled to left
        • N. Pivetta: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pivetta lined out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dietrich walked
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to second, Dietrich to second
        • L. Brinson: Ball, Brinson reached on an infield single to shortstop, Dietrich to third
        • A. Dean: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dean reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dietrich scored, Brinson out at second
        • Y. Rivera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rivera walked, Dean to second
        • S. Alcantara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alcantara struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana walked
        • J. Bour: Bour reached on fielder's choice to second, Santana out at second
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third, Bour to second
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ortega grounded out to third
        • S. Castro: Ball, Castro lined out to center
        • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Foul, Realmuto popped out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)