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For the first time since Aug. 26, the Miami Marlins are multiple games over .500.

Miami gave up 52 total runs in its losses this week, but overall, went 6-3. That included its first series win in Atlanta since September 2016 and a series win over a Philadelphia Phillies team that came in finding itself in second place in the National League East.

Three of Miami’s six wins this past week were 1-run games. With just two weeks left in the regular season, the Marlins are in a great position to make the postseason for just the third time in franchise history.

Week in Review

Miami Marlins 5, Atlanta Braves 4
Monday, Sept. 7 (10 innings)

After Adam Duvall tied the game for Atlanta with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, Miguel Rojas put the Miami Marlins ahead for good with an RBI double in the 10th. Nick Vincent worked a perfect 10th inning to pick up the save. Rojas finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Freddie Freeman plated a pair of runs for the Braves in the loss.

Miami Marlins 8, Atlanta Braves 0
Tuesday, Sept. 8

Marlins’ starting pitcher Sixto Sanchez worked six scoreless innings, allowing just a walk and three hits while striking out eight as Miami picked up its first series win in Atlanta since September 2016. Matt Joyce, Jorge Alfaro and Garrett Cooper all homered for the Marlins. Brian Anderson was 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the win. Cooper and Alfaro combined for five RBIs.

Miami Marlins 9, Atlanta Braves 29
Wednesday, Sept. 9

The Atlanta Braves homered seven times as Miami gave up more runs than in any game in its history. Duvall homered three times and drove in nine runs. Freeman homered and finished with six RBIs. Also homering for Atlanta were Ronald Acuna Jr., Travis d’Arnaud and Ozzie Albies. Acuna plated five runs. Jazz Chisholm and Lewis Brinson left the yard for Miami in the loss.

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Philadelphia Phillies 6, Miami Marlins 7
Thursday, Sept. 10

Jorge Alfaro and Starling Marte were the heroes as the Miami Marlins collected their first walk-off win of the season. Down 6-3, Marte delivered a 3-run double to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. In the ninth, Alfaro ended the contest with a walk-off RBI single with two outs. Marte and Alfaro combined for five hits and six RBIs. Corey Dickerson had two hits and scored three runs for the Marlins. J.T. Realmuto homered and drove in two runs for Philadelphia in the loss.

Philadelphia Phillies 11, Miami Marlins 0
Friday, Sept. 11 (Doubleheader Game 1 — 7 innings)

For the first time in his young big-league career, Miami starter Trevor Rogers was roughed up. The Phillies scored eight runs in three innings off Rogers. Andrew McCutchen and Rhys Hoskins each homered and finished with three RBIs for Philadelphia. Adam Haseley went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the win. Aaron Nola went all seven innings for Philadelphia on the mound, allowing just three hits while striking out 10.

Philadelphia Phillies 3, Miami Marlins 5
Friday, Sept. 11 (Doubleheader Game 2 — 7 innings)

The Marlins used a 3-run fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie and go ahead for good. Jorge Alfaro had a 2-run single in the inning that followed an RBI single by Isan Diaz. Lewis Brinson homered in the win. J.T. Realmuto was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Phillies in the loss.

Philadelphia Phillies 12, Miami Marlins 6
Saturday, Sept. 12

Didi Gregorius set the tone with a first-inning grand slam for Philadelphia and the Phillies never looked back. Bryce Harper added a home run an inning later. Brian Anderson and Jesus Aguilar each left the yard for Miami. Aguilar had three hits and scored three of Miami’s six runs. Harper was 3-for-4 with three runs scored for the Phillies. Kyle Garlick also added three RBIs in the win.

Philadelphia Phillies 1, Miami Marlins 2
Sunday, Sept. 13 (Doubleheader Game 1 — 7 innings)

In just his fifth career start, Sixto Sanchez threw his first career complete game as he went all seven innings for Miami on Sunday. Sanchez allowed just a run on three hits and three walks. Both Miami runs came in the third inning on RBI singles by Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte. Andrew Knapp plated the lone run for Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Phillies 1, Miami Marlins 8
Sunday, Sept. 13 (Doubleheader Game 2 — 7 innings)

After a 3-run first inning, the Marlins blew things open with a 4-run sixth to clinch the 7-game series against Philadelphia. Jesus Aguilar, Miguel Rojas and Chad Wallach all plated two runs for Miami. Wallach’s RBIs came on a 2-run blast in the sixth. Starling Marte was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in the victory. Alec Bohm homered to drive in the only Philadelphia run. In his Major League debut for the Marlins, starting pitcher Braxton Garrett earned the win, allowing just a run on three hits in five innings. Garrett walked three and struck out six.

In the Standings

23-21, second place in National League East. After a 6-3 week, the Marlins are back in second place in the National League East. The Marlins trail the first-place Braves by 3.5 games and hold a half-game lead over the third-place Phillies. Miami currently owns the fifth-best record in the National League.

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

Who’s Hot

Brian Anderson, 3B
After a slow start, Brian Anderson tore the cover off the ball for Miami this past week. Anderson went 12-for-24 (.500) with a homer, six RBIs and four runs scored. During his hot week, Anderson raised his average by 45 points. He’s currently hitting .272.

Sixto Sanchez, P
It’s almost impossible to talk about pitching this week and not mention rookie Sixto Sanchez. In two starts, Sanchez picked up two wins and yielded just one total run. This week, Sanchez threw 13 innings and allowed just one run — good for an 0.69 ERA. Sanchez allowed just six hits and four walks while striking out 10.

Who’s Not

Pablo Lopez, P
For a second straight start, Pablo Lopez was hit hard. In Wednesday’s 29-9 loss to the Atlanta Braves, Lopez allowed seven runs in just 1.2 innings. Lopez gave up just four hits, but walked four and eventually the long ball did him in. Since a splendid start to the season, Lopez’s ERA has more than doubled in his last two starts from 2.10 to 4.50.

Jordan Yamamoto, P
In Wednesday’s loss to Atlanta, Jordan Yamamoto saw his first action since Aug. 17 and let’s just say it did not go well. Yamamoto threw 91 pitches in relief and over 2.2 innings, allowed 13 runs — 12 earned. Yamamoto allowed 11 hits and four homers. For the season, he holds a 40.50 ERA.

News, Notes and Recognitions

Earlier this week, Miami catcher Jorge Alfaro had multiple RBIs in four straight games.

In Wednesday’s 29-9 loss to Atlanta, Miami gave up the most runs in a National League game since 1900.

Miami’s 7-game series against the Phillies is the longest series in a baseball regular season in 53 years.

Utility player Jon Berti was placed on the 10-day Injured List with a finger injury.

After opting out of the 2020 season, infielder Isan Diaz is back with the Marlins.

Upcoming This Week

Monday, Sept. 14: vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 4:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Florida)
Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Wednesday, Sept. 16: vs. Boston Red Sox, 6:40 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Florida)
Thursday, Sept. 17: vs. Boston Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Florida)
Friday, Sept. 18: vs. Washington Nationals (Doubleheader), first game at 5:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Florida)
Saturday, Sept. 19: vs. Washington Nationals, 6:40 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Florida)
Sunday, Sept. 20: vs. Washington Nationals (Doubleheader), first game at 1:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Florida)

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