Nothing went right for the Phillies during a two-game sweep in Cleveland earlier this week, but a return home and a visit by the last-place Marlins seems to have pointed them back in a positive direction.
Philadelphia won Thursday's opener, 7-2, and will look for a 2-0 advantage in the four-game series on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Rookie Jonathan Pettibone will make his third start as he faces off against Miami's Ricky Nolasco.
The Phillies, who are 3-1 against the Marlins this season, have won both of Pettibone's outings so far. The 22-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA, although opponents are batting .333 against him.
Pettibone grabbed his first Major League victory on Saturday against the Mets, making it through five innings with three runs allowed, despite surrendering seven hits and two walks.
"He kept his composure and he kept pitching," manager Charlie Manuel said. "For a kid who just came up in his second game, he got in some tight jams there, but wheeled his way out of it. That was good."
Nolasco (2-2, 3.82 ERA) has won back-to-back starts and threw a season-high seven innings his last time out, on Sunday against the Cubs. The righty gave up three runs on four hits and struck out two.
"Utilizing the fastball was good for me," Nolasco said. "I was making pitches when I had to. I was behind a lot. It was a good feeling to get people out with the fastball and build off of that."
Nolasco will be making his 20th career appearance, and 17th start, against the Phillies. The eight-year veteran is 8-5 with a 3.73 ERA in those matchups, and he held them to one run over six innings in a no-decision on April 12 at Marlins Park.
This season's Phillies haven't matched the offensive exploits of some recent clubs, ranking near the bottom of the league in runs scored, home runs and OPS. But Nolasco isn't thinking any different of them, especially at Citizens Bank Park.
"You can never sleep on this lineup," he said. "I've been facing this lineup. I've been facing them for a long time. Whether it is this year, or a few years ago, they can put a five-spot on you real quickly, especially in this park. You've just got to continue to make pitches and just stay with your game. You can't let that left-field short porch bother you."
Marlins: Hechavarria back in the lineup
• Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, in his first game back from the disabled list on Thursday, tripled in his second at-bat and went 1-for-4 to push his average to .189. The 24-year-old, who was suffering from a bruised right elbow, had not played since April 16, when he collected his first home run and first three RBIs of the season.
• Rookie Marcell Ozuna doubled in the second inning Thursday and finished 1-for-4. The 22-year-old has hit safely in all three games since his callup, and is 4-for-11 overall.
• Outfielder Juan Pierre swiped third base in the first inning, his 600th career stolen base. That made him the ninth-fastest, and 14th overall, to reach that mark since 1898.
Phillies: Young snaps singles streak
• Third baseman Michael Young doubled in Thursday's first inning, his first extra-base hit since April 10. In 19 games since that date, the veteran had been hitting .302, but all 19 of his hits were singles.
Young now has three doubles, a triple and a home run out of 33 hits this year, leading to a .414 slugging percentage to go with his .333 average.
• Center fielder Ben Revere was out of the lineup on Thursday, a day after hurting his right ring finger while stealing second base. Revere said the finger is swollen, but he expects to play on Friday.
John Mayberry manned center in Revere's absence and went 0-for-3 with a walk.
• Nolasco is 6-1 with a 2.98 ERA in seven starts at Citizens Bank Park.
• Since putting together their first winning streak of the season (three games), the Marlins have lost their last two.
• On Thursday, the Phillies notched more than four runs for the third time in their past 10 games.