Brandon Marsh homers twice as Philadelphia Phillies beat Chicago Cubs 5-1

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 25: Philadelphia Phillies Outfield Brandon Marsh (16) hits a single during the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Philadelphia Phillies on April 25, 2023 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/

Brandon Marsh homered twice and drove in three runs, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Tuesday night for their second straight win.

Phillies left-hander Ranger Suárez pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning in a game played in a strong smoky haze caused by Canadian wildfires. The teams were in contact with Major League Baseball and the players' association about air quality throughout the afternoon.

Marsh hit a solo shot in the second and a two-run drive in the fifth in his second career multihomer game. Trea Turner and Nick Castellanos each hit an RBI single for Philadelphia, which has won three of four.

Marsh has been on a tear, going 12 for 20 over his last six games. Manager Rob Thomson said the 25-year-old Marsh has become more focused and selective at the plate.

""He's swinging at strikes," Thomson said. "He's not chasing. He's having really good at-bats right now."

Marsh said he is shrinking the strike zone mentally and making pitchers "come to" him.

"It's just the course of the season," he said. "Everyone is going to have some good patches and rough patches. The key is to just to try out ride the high out as long as you can."

Chicago right-hander Jameson Taillon (2-6) was tagged for five runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out eight and walked one.

"Every mistake it seemed like he paid for today," manager David Ross said. "The cutter just not getting there. The breaking ball for the homer to Marsh just looked like, no bite to that one."

Cody Bellinger and Nick Madrigal each had two hits for the Cubs in their return after splitting two games against St. Louis in London over the weekend.

Suárez (2-2) was charged with one run and struck out eight in 7 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old Suárez, who opened the season on the injured list with an elbow strain, has a 1.35 ERA in his last six outings.

"I wanted to mix my pitches today," Suárez said through a translator. "I want to mix and match there because I don't want to become predictable."

Nico Hoerner singled in Chicago's lone run in the eighth off Gregory Soto.

Despite dropping two straight, the Cubs have won 11 of 15 to climb into contention in the less-than-imposing NL Central.

Kyle Schwarber doubled to the right-field corner on Taillon's first pitch of the game, and then scored on Turner’s single. Castellanos' bloop RBI single made it 5-0 in the fifth.


Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto got a second straight game off for maintenance. Garrett Stubbs started in place of Realmuto ,a three-time All-Star who has been behind the plate for 69 of the Phillies' 78 games.


Chicago brought up infielder Jared Young from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder Miles Mastrobuoni.


Ross said Marcus Stroman, who left Sunday’s 7-5 loss with a blister on his right index finger, should be able to make his next start. Ross said the team’s extra off day for travel on Monday should help and that Stroman "has dealt with this before."


Phillies: RHP Andrew Painter (right elbow) tossed a 30-pitch bullpen session that was "very good," Thomson said. ... RHP Noah Song (low back strain) will start a rehab assignment at the Phillies' training facility in Florida on Thursday.

Cubs: LHP Brandon Hughes (left knee inflammation) was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day injured list.


Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola (6-5, 4.38 ERA) faces Cubs left-hander Drew Smyly (7-4, 3.38 ERA) on Wednesday.