(SportsNetwork.com) - It's been more than three years since Roberto Hernandez won consecutive starts. The right-hander gets that opportunity Monday when the Philadelphia Phillies open a four-game series against Miami, a team they have dominated at Citizens Bank Park.
Philadelphia leads the season series, 4-2. The Phillies have beaten the Marlins eight of nine and 13 of the last 16 times the teams have played at Citizens Bank Park. That includes a three-game sweep from April 11-13.
Hernandez has faced the Marlins twice and is 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA. His first appearance came as a member of the Cleveland Indians in 2007 and he faced Miami last season pitching for Tampa Bay.
The last time Hernandez won back-to-back starting assignments was April 28 and May 3, 2011. Those victories came against Kansas City and Oakland, respectively. At the time, Hernandez, known then as Fausto Carmona, was a member of Cleveland's starting rotation.
Fast forward three years and the now 33-year-old is helping the Phillies make a bit of a push in the NL East. Even though they are in last place in the division by percentage points behind the Mets, Philadelphia has won five of its last seven contests, although the Phillies dropped the final two games in St. Louis over the weekend.
As for Hernandez, he's coming off a 10-5 win at Atlanta on Wednesday when he gave up eight hits and five runs over six innings. That snapped a personal four-decision slide.
Nathan Eovaldi counters on the hill for the Marlins. The righty is 0-1 over his last four starts and hasn't won since May 26 at Washington. That was at the end of a two-game winning streak, started May 21 against the Phillies. Eovaldi allowed nine hits and five runs in six frames of a 6-1 loss to the Cubs in Miami on Wednesday.
Eovaldi is 2-4 with a 4.00 ERA in eight contests versus the Phillies.
The Marlins have lost four of their last five games, including Sunday's 11-5 setback at home against the Mets. Justin Bour drove in two runs for the Marlins, who went 3-7 during their 10-game homestand. Anthony DeSclafani (1-2) gave up seven runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings.
The Mets scored twice in the second and third, three times in the fourth and four times in the seventh.
"You look at the box score than there's way too many big numbers, giving up twos, threes and fours in innings," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "That crushes you. We've got to do a better job of limiting the big innings."
Miami shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (elbow) sat out his second game in a row.
The Phillies split their four-game set in St. Louis, but suffered a 5-3 loss yesterday. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (3-7) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits over six innings to snap a two-start winning streak.
Cody Asche went 2-for-4 and knocked in all three Philadelphia runs. Ryan Howard also collected a pair of hits and Cesar Hernandez accounted for the Phillies' only other hit.
"It's not easy to come in here and win two games," said Asche. "I think we played really well the first two days. We could have played better the last two but we'll take the positives from it and go from there."
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins had his 15-game hitting streak stopped.