Eflin goes distance, Phillies beat Marlins 5-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Two weeks ago at Miami, Zach Eflin allowed 10 hits, including three homers, and six runs in four innings.

What did the Phillies right-hander learn from that performance?

''Don't throw it down the middle every single time,'' Eflin joked Sunday.

Eflin took his own advice, throwing a seven-hitter for the first nine-inning complete game by a Phillies pitcher since September 2016, and Philadelphia beat the Marlins 5-1.

Elfin (3-3) struck out three, walked none and was rarely in trouble. He induced a pair of double-play balls, including one to end the eighth inning, and threw 77 of his 107 pitches for strikes.

''It was execution,'' Eflin said, comparing Sunday's outing to the last time he faced Miami. ''I kind of rode with my two-seamer a little more today.''

The complete game was the third of Eflin's career and the first since he shut out the Pirates in 2016, his rookie year. He was the first Philadelphia pitcher to finish what he started since an eight-inning complete-game loss by Ben Lively in September 2017.

Eflin's effort helped manager Gabe Kapler give a break to his bullpen, particularly Hector Neris and Adam Morgan.

''We didn't have any doubt about sending Zach back out there for the ninth, most notably because he was efficient,'' Kapler said. ''He never really had any stressful innings. There wasn't a whole lot of hard contact throughout the game. He was executing his fastballs away. He was executing his sliders on the plate, off the plate. He was elevating well. So there was really never a moment of feeling like we didn't want to keep pushing him through that game.''

Jean Segura had three of just four hits overall for the Phillies' offense, including an RBI triple, and he scored twice. Philadelphia took three of four from Miami after dropping the series opener.

Rhys Hoskins had the other Phillies hit, a double in the first off Pablo Lopez (2-4) that hit the wall in left-center and scored Bryce Harper, who had drawn an eight-pitch, two out walk.

Segura lined a triple into the right-field corner in the third that scored Andrew McCutchen, and Segura scored two pitches later on Harper's groundout.

Segura scored again in the sixth on a wild pitch to Nick Williams that ended Lopez's day and put the Phillies ahead 4-1.

''He tried to go down and it just got away,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

''At that point it's 3-1 and we're in the game. Obviously we didn't get anything going all day long but you feel like you're basically just a base hit and a homer or a couple runners and a gapper away from tying the game.''

Miami got its only run off Elfin in the fourth on Miguel Rojas' infield single.

APRIL OFFENSE

Harper's groundout gave him 20 RBIs this season. It's the first time in Philadelphia franchise history that three players have driven in 20 or more runs in April. The others are Hoskins and Maikel Franco.

The Phillies have 98 extra-base hits in 28 games. It's the most extra-base hits in franchise history before the end of April since at least 1913.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: INF Neil Walker (hamstring) was out of the lineup for the third consecutive game, though he appeared off the bench Friday and Saturday.

Phillies: Segura was hit in the head with a pitch in the second inning Saturday and left the game. He returned to the lineup Sunday in his normal spot, batting second.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Right-hander Sandy Alcantara (1-2, 4.50 ERA) pitches the opener of a two-game home series against Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Phillies: Right-hander Vince Velasquez (1-0, 1.99) starts Tuesday as Philadelphia welcomes Detroit for a two-game set.

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A. McCutchen CF22000210.238.370.457.8273.5
J. Segura SS42310000.347.405.514.9198.0
B. Harper RF21010112.250.400.510.9103.5
R. Hoskins 1B30110102.277.411.5941.0054.0
N. Williams LF30000113.182.250.333.5830.5
C. Hernandez 2B30000111.267.333.390.7240.5
A. Knapp C40000023.182.357.273.630-1.0
M. Franco 3B30000010.263.351.525.876-0.5
Z. Eflin P30000020.091.091.091.182-1.0
    BATTING
    • SH - P. Lopez
    • RBI - M. Rojas (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Rojas (6)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Berti 2 (2), I. Galloway, L. Brinson
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Hoskins (6)
    • 3B - J. Segura (2)
    • RBI - J. Segura (11), B. Harper (20), R. Hoskins (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Hoskins (6)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Williams, C. Hernandez, A. Knapp 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Berti-Castro-Prado)
    • E - N. Anderson
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Hernandez-Segura-Hoskins; Segura-Hernandez-Hoskins)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    P. Lopez (L, 2-4)5.23443404.781.162.0
    N. Anderson1.10000302.190.894.5
    T. Guerrero1.01113201.501.33-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    P. Lopez (L, 2-4)5.2
    N. Anderson1.1
    T. Guerrero1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Eflin (W, 3-3)9.07110303.341.2030.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Eflin (W, 3-3)9.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - P. Lopez, T. Guerrero 2 (4)
    • HBP - P. Lopez (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 94-60, N. Anderson 14-11, T. Guerrero 35-19
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 6-6
    • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 23, N. Anderson 4, T. Guerrero 7
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 107-77
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 9-13
    • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 32
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Anderson RF40100010.240.325.337.6610.5
    S. Castro 2B40000002.257.314.349.6620.0
    M. Rojas SS40110000.274.326.345.6712.0
    I. Galloway LF30000001.235.235.265.5000.0
    C. Wallach C30100000.286.394.429.8231.0
    L. Brinson CF30100011.197.247.263.5100.5
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    • a-fouled out for N. Anderson in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    J. Segura SS42310000.347.405.514.9198.0
    B. Harper RF21010112.250.400.510.9103.5
    R. Hoskins 1B30110102.277.411.5941.0054.0
    N. Williams LF30000113.182.250.333.5830.5
    C. Hernandez 2B30000111.267.333.390.7240.5
    A. Knapp C40000023.182.357.273.630-1.0
    M. Franco 3B30000010.263.351.525.876-0.5
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      BATTING
      • SH - P. Lopez
      • RBI - M. Rojas (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Rojas (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Berti 2 (2), I. Galloway, L. Brinson
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Hoskins (6)
      • 3B - J. Segura (2)
      • RBI - J. Segura (11), B. Harper (20), R. Hoskins (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Hoskins (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Williams, C. Hernandez, A. Knapp 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Berti-Castro-Prado)
      • E - N. Anderson
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Hernandez-Segura-Hoskins; Segura-Hernandez-Hoskins)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      P. Lopez (L, 2-4)5.23443404.781.162.0
      N. Anderson1.10000302.190.894.5
      T. Guerrero1.01113201.501.33-1.0
      Total8.0455690---
      PITCHERSIP
      P. Lopez (L, 2-4)5.2
      N. Anderson1.1
      T. Guerrero1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Eflin (W, 3-3)9.07110303.341.2030.5
      Total9.0711030---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Eflin (W, 3-3)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - P. Lopez, T. Guerrero 2 (4)
      • HBP - P. Lopez (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 94-60, N. Anderson 14-11, T. Guerrero 35-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 6-6
      • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 23, N. Anderson 4, T. Guerrero 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 107-77
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 9-13
      • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 32
      • 8TH INNING
        McCutchen scored, Segura to third on wild pitch15
      • 6TH INNING
        Segura scored on wild pitch14
      • 4TH INNING
        Rojas reached on an infield single to shortstop, Prado scored13
      • 3RD INNING
        Harper grounded out to shortstop, Segura scored03
        Segura tripled to deep right, McCutchen scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Hoskins doubled to left center, Harper scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Anderson flied out to deep right
        • S. Castro: Foul, Castro flied out to shallow center
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Curtis Granderson hit for Nick Anderson
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Granderson fouled out to first
        • J. Berti: Foul, Ball, Berti singled to right
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Prado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Berti out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tayron Guerrero pitching
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
        • J. Segura: Foul, Segura singled to right center, McCutchen to second
        • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
        • R. Hoskins: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen scored, Segura to third on wild pitch, Ball, Hoskins walked
        • N. Williams: Williams lined out to second
        • C. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked, Hoskins to second
        • A. Knapp: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rojas flied out to right
        • I. Galloway: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Galloway grounded out to third
        • C. Wallach: Ball, Foul, Wallach singled to center
        • L. Brinson: Brinson lined out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Anderson Pitching:
        • A. Knapp: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
        • M. Franco: Franco flied out to center
        • Z. Eflin: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Eflin struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Prado flied out to right
        • B. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Castro grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Segura singled to left
        • B. Harper: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harper hit by pitch, Segura to second
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Hoskins grounded into double play third to second to first, Segura to third, Harper out at second
        • N. Williams: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Segura scored on wild pitch, Ball, Williams walked
        • Nick Anderson relieved Pablo Lopez
        • C. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Williams to second, Williams to second on Anderson throwing error, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • C. Wallach: Strike looking, Ball, Wallach lined out to center
        • L. Brinson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
        • P. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Lopez reached on an infield single to second
        • J. Berti: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Berti struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lopez Pitching:
        • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
        • Z. Eflin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Prado singled to center
        • B. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Anderson singled to left, Prado to second
        • S. Castro: Castro grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Prado to third, Anderson out at second
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rojas reached on an infield single to shortstop, Prado scored
        • I. Galloway: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Galloway reached on fielder's choice to second, Rojas out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lopez Pitching:
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Williams grounded out to second
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez lined out to first
        • A. Knapp: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Knapp grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • C. Wallach: Ball, Wallach flied out to right
        • L. Brinson: Brinson singled to shallow right
        • P. Lopez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Lopez hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Brinson to second
        • J. Berti: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Berti grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lopez Pitching:
        • Z. Eflin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Eflin grounded out to shortstop
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
        • J. Segura: Segura tripled to deep right, McCutchen scored
        • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Harper grounded out to shortstop, Segura scored
        • R. Hoskins: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hoskins grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Castro flied out to right
        • M. Rojas: Rojas flied out to right
        • I. Galloway: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Galloway lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lopez Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hernandez flied out to left
        • A. Knapp: Ball, Knapp popped out to shortstop
        • M. Franco: Ball, Franco popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • J. Berti: Strike looking, Ball, Berti fouled out to first
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Prado grounded out to pitcher
        • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lopez Pitching:
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, McCutchen flied out to right
        • J. Segura: Foul, Ball, Segura lined out to left
        • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Harper walked
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hoskins doubled to left center, Harper scored
        • N. Williams: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)