Ozuna hits grand slam, Marlins beat Phillies 14-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — Marcell Ozuna came into Wednesday night's game mired in a slump.

He was 3 for 24 in the previous nine games, but hit a grand slam and knocked in five runs to help power the Miami Marlins past the Philadelphia Phillies 14-5.

"He needed that," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He needed to lock it in and have a couple good at-bats. He's definitely had some struggles this month. ... Hopefully this is a spark for him and a spark for us."

Christian Yelich, Garrett Jones, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each drove in two runs for the Marlins, who have the best home record (18-6) in baseball.

Nathan Eovaldi (3-2) allowed three runs_one earned_and 10 hits in six innings to pick up the win.

"I felt command," Eovaldi said. "I had better command of my fastball this outing and I was able to make the big pitches when I needed to."

Ozuna's first career grand slam and seventh home run of the season broke the game open in the seventh inning. Miami led 6-3 with two outs before Jeff Manship loaded the bases and Ozuna smacked a pitch over the left-field wall for a 10-3 lead.

"When I saw the pitch, I said, 'I got it. Let me not make a mistake. Just make contact,'" Ozuna said.

Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (0-5) came into the game with a 10-game winning streak against the Marlins, but lost his 10th consecutive game overall. Kendrick allowed six runs in 5 2-3 innings.

"I wasn't good at all, falling behind in counts, missing over the plate, my fastball command wasn't very good," Kendrick said. "Guys scored runs and I gave it right back to them and that's what's frustrating."

Domonic Brown homered and drove in three runs for the Phillies, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Brown's two-run home run pulled Philadelphia within 10-5, but Miami scored four runs in the eighth to post their highest run total of the season.

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