MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Bryce Harper had three hits including his 35th homer, Ranger Suárez pitched seven scoreless innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 5-0 on Friday night.
Harper, who endured an 0-for-12 slump as the Phillies were eliminated from the NL East race, broke out with an RBI double in the third inning against Sandy Alcantara.
As he reached second, Harper rolled his left ankle and briefly limped while he was visited by team trainers, but he remained in the game.
Putting the finishing touches on a possible MVP season, Harper hit an opposite-field solo homer off a 99 mph fastball from Alcantara (9-15) in the fifth.
The Phillies (82-78) assured themselves of a winning season, while the last-place Marlins have lost nine of 10.
Suárez (8-5) scattered six hits, struck out eight, walked one, and hit a batter as he extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings and lowered his ERA to 1.36.
The former reliever has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last eight starts.
Odubel Herrera had a run-scoring single ahead of Harper’s double in the third, and Didi Gregorius drove in the third run with a sacrifice fly.
Matt Vierling hit a pinch-hit solo homer to lead off the ninth.
Alcantara was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fifth.
The right-hander gave up four runs on five hits and struck out six. He finished the season with 201 strikeouts in 205 innings, becoming the fifth pitcher in Marlins history to reach 200 in both categories.
The Marlins recalled OF Brian Miller from Triple-A Jacksonville and purchased the contracts of IF Deven Marrero, RHP Preston Guilmet and RHP Andrew Bellatti from the club. IF Joe Panik and RHP Luis Madeiro were designated for assignment.
Phillies: IF Jean Segura (sore back) was kept out of Friday’s game but manager Joe Girardi said he could return to the lineup before Sunday’s finale.
Marlins: OF Jesús Sánchez (right hamstring strain) and RHP Edward Cabrera (right middle finger blister) were placed on the 10-day injured list.
The Phillies have not announced a starter for the second game of the series Saturday. Jesús Luzardo (5-9, 6.90 ERA) will start for the Marlins.
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