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Marsh has four hits and four RBIs as the Phillies defeated Tigers 6-2

DETROIT — Brandon Marsh had four hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs. The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-2 on Wednesday, winning two of three games.

Marsh singled in the second inning, homered for two runs in the fourth, drove in two runs with a single in the fifth inning and had another single in the eighth.

Phillies starter Spencer Turnbull, facing the Tigers for the first time after spending five seasons with them, allowed one run in three innings before leaving with right shoulder soreness. He said the problem started during his penultimate throw.

“I threw a curveball and I felt something snap back in my triceps/shoulder area,” he said. “It just got a little tight, but I didn’t want to do anything that would make it worse.”

It was another injury for Turnbull at Comerica Park.

“I don’t know what it is about this place, but I can’t seem to stay sane here,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s cursed or what.”

Jose Ruiz (2-1), the second of six relievers for Philadelphia, took the win with a perfect fifth. The bullpen allowed one run and three hits in their six innings.

Philadelphia Phillies’ Spencer Turnbull pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, in Detroit. Credit: AP/Duane Burleson

“They pitched great across the board,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “It was a really good game and we should be close to a full bullpen tomorrow.”

Keider Montero (0-2) entered the game in the fourth inning for Detroit and allowed five runs, five hits and three walks. The Tigers are 4-8 in their past 12 games and have been held to two runs or fewer nine times, including an 8-1 loss to the Phillies in the series opener.

“We’ve seen their entire bullpen, and it’s pretty good,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “It was a pretty quiet day for us.”

Nick Castellanos, who played his first seven seasons in the majors with Detroit, gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead with an RBI groundout in the first inning before former Philadelphia player Matt Vierling tied the score with a home run by Turnbull.

Philadelphia Phillies’ Nick Castellanos, left, and Bryson Stott, right, celebrate after scoring against the Detroit Tigers on a single by Brandon Marsh during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, in Detroit. Credit: AP/Duane Burleson

After Tyler Holton and Will Vest had gone three innings together, Montero came in for the fourth. He walked Bryson Stott before Marsh made it 3-1 with a homer to left.

“When you start a bullpen game, the game takes you to a number of places,” Hinch said. “I had no idea at the start of the game that Vest would be second, but that’s how it worked out.”

Montero retired the first two batters in the fifth, but then Castellanos singled, Stott doubled and Marsh hit a two-run single to give Philadelphia a 5-1 lead.

“I think he was a little more in attack mode on the fastball,” Thomson said. “That opposite-field home run tells you a lot about his swing.”

David Dahl added a sacrifice fly in the eighth, before Vierling doubled and scored in the ninth.

NEXT ONE

Phillies: Return home for a four-game series against the Miami Marlins. Right-hander Zack Wheeler (9-4, 2.73) will start against left-hander Trevor Rogers (1-8, 4.90) on Thursday.

Tigers: Travel to Los Angeles for four games against the Angels. Right-hander Jack Flaherty (5-4, 2.92) is expected to start Thursday.