Newcomer Austin Dean had four hits and five RBIs, both career highs, to help the Miami Marlins break a five-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 10-3 Saturday.
Dean hit his first major league homer and also drove in two runs with his first career triple to complete a 4-for-4 night. The performance came in the outfielder’s second game since being recalled from Triple-A to make his season debut with the Marlins. He played 34 games as a rookie last year with Miami.
The Marlins won for only the fourth time this year. They broke out of a slump with a season-high 18 hits after being outscored 30-2 in their previous four games.
Miami homered three times off Zach Eflin in the third inning, including back to back shots by Brian Anderson and Neil Walker. Anderson had three hits and has gone 6 for 10 in the past three games, hiking his average from .143 to .231.
Caleb Smith (1-0) needed 29 pitches to get through the first but settled in to pitch six scoreless innings. The only hit he allowed was a double by Andrew McCutchen in the third.
Eflin (2-1) allowed 10 hits and six runs in four innings, hiking his ERA from 0.75 to 3.94.
Anderson hit his first home run of the year on Eflin’s first pitch in the third inning. Three pitches later, Walker hit his third homer. And with two out, Dean homered to make the score 6-0.
Miami posted a crooked number for the first time in 45 innings by scoring twice in the second. Miguel Rojas doubled, Dean hit an RBI single and Lewis Brinson doubled home another run.
The Marlins totaled only 35 runs in their first 14 games.
The crowd of 13,828 was the first in five figures at Marlins Park since opening day. Miami ranks last in the majors in attendance.
RHP Jose Urena (0-3, 9.22), the Marlins’ opening day pitcher, tries to bounce back from a poor start this year against RHP Vince Velasquez (0-0, 3.00) in the rubber game of the series Sunday.
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