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Marlins can't get cooking at home, do some road work

PHILADELPHIA -- Most of their recent attempts at home cooking left the Marlins wanting to eat out. Back on the road Monday, they whipped up a more palatable result.

The offense still is more fizzle than sizzle, but the seven hits sufficed for starter Nathan Eovaldi and four relievers in the 4-0 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Casey McGehee went 2-for-4 with two doubles, the first of which knocked in the Marlins' lone two runs until the Phillies' sloppy, two-error ninth.

Coming off 3-7 homestand, the Marlins began the week with a major league-low 12 road victories. They've now won nine of their last 13 outside Marlins Park in getting back to the .500 mark (38-38).

"It's nice to be home and be with the family, but once the game starts it's baseball," McGehee said. "You don't really pay too much attention to surroundings and those sorts of things. It was really big for us to get off on a good start this road trip."

Eovaldi lived somewhat dangerously during his 6 1/3 innings. Of the 19 outs he recorded, 11 were flyouts (57.9 percent). That's a departure from Eovaldi's typical breakdown. According to Baseball Info Solutions, 30.1 percent of the 259 batters Eovaldi retired through his first 15 starts were on fly balls.

The Phillies stacked their lineup with left-handed hitting bats, and for good reason. Though Eovaldi had held right-handed hitters to a .217 average (33-for-152) and two homers, lefties were batting .305 (65-for-213) with six homers.

Monday, the left-handed hitting Cody Asche accounted for three of the six hits. Phillies' lefties went 5-for-15 with a walk off Eovaldi, but none of those hits came at a crucial time. The Phillies took just two at-bats with runners in scoring position during Eovaldi's outing.

The Phillies grinded their early plate appearances. Eovaldi threw six or more pitches to six of the first 10 batters he faced. Starting in the fourth, Eovaldi began getting quicker outs. He got through the fourth and fifth innings on 19 pitches, after totaling 20, 17 and 19 in the first, second, and third, respectively. Only three of the final 13 batters he faced saw as many as five pitches.

"Later in the game I was able to locate my fastball to both sides of the plate and get ahead with some off-speed pitches," Eovaldi said. "That was one of the main factors...My off-speed pitches for the most part were down in the zone and the mistakes I did make they were hit in the air but they were just missing them."

Since losing his first four career starts against the Phillies with a 6.30 ERA, Eovaldi over his last five starts in the series dating back to last September is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA (31 2/3 innings).

Formerly known as Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez settled after McGehee's two-run double. He held the Marlins to a Giancarlo Stanton single and three walks over their last 17 at-bats against him. Hernandez finished with six strikeouts.

Hernandez hit Stanton, putting men on first and second with one out for McGehee, who drove a pitch in to the right-center field gap. McGehee, who was 0-for-3 Sunday, has not had consecutive hitless games since May 22-23. Since then, he is 37 for his last 104 (.356) with eight doubles, 16 RBI, 11 walks and 15 strikeouts.

"Just trying to use the whole field and hit the ball hard," McGehee said. "I'm just trying to stick with my approach and try to barrel up as many as I can and I feel in the long run it will work out."

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