Best of MLB: Nolan Arenado completes cycle with walk-off home run as Rockies stun Giants

Best of MLB: Nolan Arenado completes cycle with walk-off home run as Rockies stun Giants

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado completed the cycle with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Colorado Rockies stunned the San Francisco Giants by rallying for a 7-5 victory Sunday.

Arenado hit the first pitch he saw from All-Star closer Mark Melancon (1-2) into the left-field seats to finish a four-game sweep. The slugger was mobbed at home plate by teammates, with a frenzied sellout crowd chanting "MVP! MVP!"

With the best record in the National League, the surprising Rockies have won five straight overall and nine in a row against the Giants.

Last-place San Francisco has dropped six consecutive games and nine of 11.

Melancon retired his first batter, but three singles produced a run and brought up Arenado, who tripled in the first, singled in the fourth and had an RBI double in the sixth. He hit a 91 mph fastball for his 15th homer and first career cycle (see full recap).

Brandon Phillips delivers second straight walk-off hit as Braves top Marlins 
ATLANTA -- Brandon Phillips' single drove in Johan Camargo from third base in the ninth inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

It was the second straight game-ending hit for Phillips, whose run-scoring single in the 10th gave Atlanta an 8-7 victory Saturday.

Camargo hit a one-out infield single off Drew Steckenrider (0-1) and moved to third on Ender Inciarte's line-drive single up the middle.

The Marlins called in Marcell Ozuna from left field to serve as an extra infielder positioned near second base for Phillips' at-bat. Phillips still managed to punch his single up the middle.

Jim Johnson (5-1) pitched a scoreless ninth (see full recap).

Khris Davis 2-run homer leads Athletics to sweep of Yankees
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Khris Davis hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the third that held up to back rookie Jharel Cotton's first victory since May 4, and the Oakland Athletics completed a four-game sweep of the slumping New York Yankees with a 4-3 win Sunday.

Davis hit his team-best 18th homer in the third after Chad Pinder tied the game on a two-run double that inning. Davis' leadoff double in the sixth was wasted.

New York welcomed back flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman but still lost its season-high sixth straight game following a six-game winning streak, finishing a disappointing 1-6 road trip with a weekend dud against the American League's worst team.

Cotton (4-7) struck out six over 6 1/3 innings for his second-longest start of the season.

Matt Holliday hit a towering solo homer in the second for the Yankees, and Didi Gregorius homered leading off the fourth.

Luis Cessa (0-1) allowed four runs and five hits in four innings for New York (see full recap).

Jimmy Nelson strikes out 10, tosses 1st complete game in Brewers' win
MILWAUKEE -- Jimmy Nelson struck out 10 in his first career complete game and the Milwaukee Brewers got home runs from Hernan Perez and Manny Pina to edge the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Sunday.

Nelson (5-3) allowed six hits and two walks while throwing 118 pitches in his 89th major league start. He lowered his ERA to 3.39.

Leading off the sixth inning, Perez hit his 10th home run into the Brewers' bullpen off starter Luis Perdomo (1-4). One batter later, Pina connected on a 1-2 pitch for his fourth of the season to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.

Perdomo gave up eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings. He was helped by three double plays in the first five innings (see full recap).

Phillies-Marlins 5 things: Putting Tuesday's nightmare behind them

Phillies-Marlins 5 things: Putting Tuesday's nightmare behind them

Phillies (45-79) vs. Marlins (62-62)
7:05 p.m. on CSN/CSNPhilly.com and NBC Sports App; Pregame Live begins at 6:30.

Double the trouble and it wasn't pretty, but Tuesday's nightmare is over.

The Phillies move on.

Tonight, the Phillies continue their series with Miami at Citizens Bank Park.

Let's take a closer look at tonight's ballgame.

1. Leits out?
With Phillies manager Pete Mackanin using six relievers during Tuesday's doubleheader, the Phillies will need Mark Leiter Jr. to give them innings tonight against the Marlins.

Leiter makes his second straight start after finding success as a long reliever in the Phillies' bullpen. The rookie continues to be yanked between the 'pen to the rotation.

His last time out didn't go so well. Leiter allowed eight runs — four earned — on seven hits, two homers, three walks and just one strikeout in five innings against the Padres last Tuesday. He hasn't pitched past the fifth inning in his last three starts and has thrown more than 100 pitches just once in his first season in the big leagues.

Tonight will be Leiter's fourth appearance against the Marlins. He's 0-1 with a 19.29 ERA against Miami, allowing six runs — five earned — and walking four in 2 1/3 innings.

Leiter is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 20 games this season. He has four starts and 16 relief appearances, including back-to-back long relief outings where he racked up 16 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings before being summoned back to the rotation last week in San Diego.

2. A little Rhys of heaven
Phillies fans got their first glimpse at home of a Rhys Hoskins homer during Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader. Hoskins smacked a two-run homer to center field in the first inning of the Phillies' 12-8 loss to the Marlins. It was his sixth homer of the season.

The last time the home fans saw him, Hoskins went 1 for 13 with four strikeouts and three walks in his first four major-league games from Aug. 10-13. Since then, he's become acclimated to the majors and has shown the power stroke he's shown in the minors.

Hoskins is just the seventh player and the first Phillie in the last 100 seasons with at least six homers in his first 12 games, according to ESPN Stats & Info. He became the first Phillie to hit four home runs in his first 10 games.

Since taking a .077 average out west last week, Hoskins has hit his way to a .244. He's carrying a .313 average over his last eight games into tonight's matchup. He has six homers and 10 RBIs during that span, with six walks and nine runs scored.

3. Phillie killer
Giancarlo Stanton is setting Marlins records this season. He broke the team's single-season record of 42 home runs and now has 46.

Is a major-league record (with an asterisk) next?

If he continues to face Phillies pitching, it sure seems possible Stanton reaches 62 homers this season, which would eclipse Roger Maris' 61 homers that he believes is the true MLB home run record. Stanton recently told the Sun Sentinel he doesn't count Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa's single-season home run totals as legit.

Regardless, Stanton has a shot at reaching 61. After clubbing another long ball Tuesday, Stanton is on pace to hit exactly 61 homers. In 41 games since July 5, the right-handed slugger is hitting .331 with 25 homers and 49 RBIs. Just three Phillies have more than 49 RBIs this season alone.

Stanton has dominated Phillies pitching, especially, this season. He's hitting .303 with six homers against the Phils in nine games. In his career, he has 25 homers against the Phillies — only the Mets has he tormented more over his career (33 career homers vs. New York).

Why the Phillies continue to pitch him is a question for Mackanin.

4. Players to watch …
Phillies: It's a safe bet Mackanin keeps Tommy Joseph in the lineup tonight despite struggles since the All-Star break. Joseph homered in each game of Tuesday's doubleheader and collected three hits in eight at-bats. Prior to Tuesday, Joseph was hitting .198 with one homer and 26 strikeouts in 121 at-bats since the ASB. He's 0 for 1 in two career plate appearances against Marlins starter Justin Nicolino.

Marlins: You'll be watching Stanton regardless. But also keep an eye out on Christian Yelich, who had five RBIs in Tuesday's doubleheader. He has seven RBIs in his last three games. The centerfielder is hitting .284 with 14 homers and 67 RBIs this season. He has a double in his only at-bat against Leiter.

5. This and that
• Hat tip to CSNPhilly producer Dan Roche: Tuesday's 12-8 loss in Game 1 was the first time the Phillies lost a game in which they hit five homers since June 29, 2010, against the Twins.

• The Marins are .500 for the first time since they were 10-10 on April 27.

• Nicolino will make his third straight start, which will be the first time he's done that in the majors in his career. The 25-year-old has allowed three runs in 10 1/3 innings over his last two starts.

• The Phillies recalled pitcher Drew Anderson from Triple A Lehigh Valley. To make room for the right-hander, the Phils optioned outfielder Cameron Perkins to Triple A.

'Tough day for the Phillies' as team swept by Marlins in doubleheader

'Tough day for the Phillies' as team swept by Marlins in doubleheader

GAME 1 BOX SCORE | GAME 2 BOX SCORE

Pete Mackanin opened his postgame news conference thusly on Tuesday night:

"Tough day for the Phillies," he said.

Tough day.

Tough night, too.

Heck, it's been a tough season.

A tough few seasons.

Baseball's worst team took it on the mandible twice Tuesday, losing both ends of a twi-night doubleheader to the Miami Marlins by scores of 12-8 and 7-4.

The Phils hit eight home runs in the twinbill — Tommy Joseph and Andres Blanco each went deep in both games and rookie Rhys Hoskins hit his sixth in 12 games — but the starting pitching did not keep them in either game.

"It's a shame," Mackanin said. "We hit all those home runs.

"We had some opportunities. Didn't capitalize. And the pitching was a problem."

Aaron Nola, pretty much the best starting pitcher in baseball for a 10-game stretch from June 22 to Aug. 12, struggled for the second straight outing in the first game. The right-hander gave up nine hits and seven runs over 6 1/3 innings. Six of the hits were for extra bases, including two home runs in the Marlins' decisive six-run seventh inning (see Instant Replay).

That inning started with the game tied, 3-3. Nola gave up a walk and a single to open the frame. He then surrendered a long, three-run, pinch-hit homer to Ichiro Suzuki as the Marlins broke the tie. Giancarlo Stanton hit his majors-high 46th homer two batters later, also off Nola. Marcell Ozuna added a two-run homer in the inning against Jesen Therrien.

Suzuki has two pinch-hit homers in his career, both against the Phillies. He crushed a fat, 3-1 sinker from Nola. The ball traveled 432 feet to center.

"I made some mistakes with guys on base and that hurt," Nola said. "Leadoff walks, getting behind in counts, getting balls up. That hurt me."

While the first game got away from the Phillies late, the nightcap got away from them early. Rookie Nick Pivetta needed 46 pitches to complete the first inning and was tagged for six runs in the first two innings. Five of those runs came on a pair of homers from Ozuna and Christian Yelich (see Instant Replay).

Pivetta's ERA swelled to 6.73 ERA. That's the second-highest ERA by a Phillie in his first 19 career starts. Only Hal Elliott, with a 7.45 ERA in his first 19 starts in 1929-30, had a higher mark.

"Pivetta didn’t have it," Mackanin said. "There's not a lot you can say about it.

"The Marlins have two hitters (Stanton and Ozuna) right near 100 RBIs and the rest of their lineup is good. Yelich is a good hitter and Dee Gordon, too. They're tough. If you don't make good pitches, you're going to get burned.

"You get back to Pivetta — young pitchers take their lumps and he took some lumps today. They don’t develop overnight."

Pivetta, 24, had spent the previous five days with Triple A Lehigh Valley. He was added to the roster because teams are allowed to carry 26 players for a doubleheader. He will head back to Lehigh Valley for at least another five days to complete a 10-day assignment.

"I just wasn't locating my pitches today," Pivetta said. "I got behind. They took advantage of it. That’s what happened today. It's difficult. I failed the team today, failed myself. I'll go back to Triple A, work hard and get back up here eventually.

"I'll have to learn from it. There's always stuff to learn with failure. The team stayed in it really well tonight. The bullpen picked me up."

In particular, Edubray Ramos pitched three scoreless innings in the second game and Yacksel Rios, the 13th rookie to debut with the Phillies this season, showed a nice, loose power arm in pitching an inning and two-thirds of scoreless relief.

Rookie Nick Williams had the most eye-popping of the Phillies' eight home runs, a 445-foot blast to dead center in the nightcap. He would have had a second homer if Yelich didn’t commit armed robbery at the center-field wall.

The combined duration of the two games was six hours, 28 minutes and the Phillies saw their majors-worst record sink to 45-79. Attendance was generously announced at 20,761. There were Eagles chants late in the second game and even a "Trust the Process" chant. The second game ended in surreal fashion, with rain building to a downpour, lightning dotting the sky and the Marlins running off the field after out-hitting the Phillies, 27-16, and taking two wins. They have won nine of their last 11 to even their record at 62-62.