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4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, August 2, 2018
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 26,050

First-place Phillies take on Marlins

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Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. After beginning the season 20-37, the Marlins have played .500-ball since June 2, compiling a 26-26 record over that time. Only the Phillies, 28-24, have a better record in the NL East since June 2.
  2. The Phillies halted a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory at Boston on Tuesday, and currently hold a 0.5 game lead over the Braves in the NL East. This is the latest date into the season that Philadelphia has been in first place since winning the division with a 102-60 record in 2011.
  3. Miami is 5-4 against the Phillies this season, but has been outscored 46-29 in those games. The Marlins last won the season series against Philadelphia in 2008, when they went 10-8.
  4. Nick Pivetta is averaging 11.20 strikeouts per nine innings this season, the second-highest mark in the NL among qualified starters (Max Scherzer -- 12.11). Pivetta owns a 6.56 ERA in five career starts against the Marlins, but threw 5.2 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in his last start against them on April 5.
  5. Since the All-Star break, Rhys Hoskins is slashing .327/.431/.878 with seven home runs, 14 RBI, and 12 runs in 12 games. Hoskins has eight career home runs against the Marlins, all coming last season.
  6. Brian Anderson has accounted for 15.0 percent (63/419) of Miami's runs scored this season, the highest percentage by a rookie since Mike Trout scored 16.8 percent of the Angels' runs in 2012.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/2/2018 thru 8/5/2018

The calendar has turned to August and the Philadelphia Phillies are in first place.

The Phillies have a half-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the National League East as they head into a four-game series against the visiting Miami Marlins.

Nick Pivetta (6-9, 4.85 ERA) will face Pablo Lopez (2-2, 5.34) in a battle of right-handers during the 7:05 p.m. ET opener at Citizens Bank Park.

Even with a stumble at the end of the month, the Phillies (59-48) went 15-11 in July. They snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

Prior to Tuesday's win, the Phillies made a pair of moves at the trade deadline, acquiring All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos from Tampa Bay and left-handed reliever Aaron Loup from Toronto.

Ramos is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, but Loup -- who has a 4.54 ERA and 10.6 K/9 rate in 50 games this season -- could make his Phillies debut on Thursday.

Philadelphia also traded with the New York Mets for veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera last weekend. But the team's front office did not make a huge splash in the form of a starting pitcher or lineup-altering bat.

"It's pretty cool of the front office to give us that vote of confidence," Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins told after the deadline. "We're in first place. I think we're only going to get better. I think that all of the guys that are in here, if we continue to develop and get better like we hope to and expect to, you sprinkle in some of the guys like Ramos that has experience, we're going to be good. We're going to be exciting. The last couple months are going to be fun."

Hoskins has been on fire since the All-Star break. The 25-year-old is hitting .327 with seven homers, six doubles, 14 RBIs and a 1.309 OPS in 12 games since the Midsummer Classic.

The Phillies are hoping Hoskins can stay hot down the stretch as they try to capture their first playoff berth since 2011. Wins at home against teams like the Marlins could be crucial for their postseason chances.

Philadelphia is only 4-5 against Miami this season. The Marlins (46-63), who had their Wednesday night game in Atlanta postponed due to rain, have won two of their three series against the Phillies this year, including a three-game set in mid-July.

Lopez, 22, will be making his sixth career start and his first against the Phillies. He has pitched at least five innings in all of his outings. Lopez gave up nine hits and four runs in 5 2/3 frames against the Nationals last Friday.

Pivetta, meanwhile, has had a tougher start to the second half. He's surrendered nine earned runs in two starts (11 1/3 innings) since the All-Star break. The second-year major leaguer had 12 strikeouts in his last start against the Cincinnati Reds, but he still allowed five runs on six hits in six innings.

Pivetta is 2-1 with a 6.56 ERA and 1.457 WHIP in five career starts against Miami.

Updated August 1, 2018

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