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Phillies win home opener for first time in seven seasons, top Marlins

Phillies win home opener for first time in seven seasons, top Marlins
The Philadelphia Phillies' Maikel Franco hits a two-run single during the first inning of Thursday's game against the Miami Marlins. (Chris Szagola / AP)

Final: Philadelphia Phillies 5, Miami Marlins 0

Summary: For the first time in seven tries the Phillies won their home opener, improving their record in openers at Citizens Bank Park to just 4-11.

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Maikel Franco, who is facing a situation in which he needs to produce this season or the Phillies will likely move on from him at the hot corner, showed he's not ready to go quietly. The third baseman went 3-for-4 and was just a double shy of the cycle. He knocked in four runs between a two-run single in the first and a two-run homer in the seventh.

The Phillies walked nine times, the most walks they've had in a nine-inning game since July 23, 2012, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Cesar Hernandez, who also had a hit, boosted Thursday's total with three walks of his own.

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Nick Pivetta helped set the tone on the mound in the shutout by throwing 97 pitches in 5 2/3 innings of four-hit baseball. He struck out nine, including striking out the side in the third, which was part of five-straight K's, and walked none.

Notable: Eagles coach Doug Pederson put on one of the late Roy Halladay's old jerseys and threw out the first pitch, just a few minutes after a tribute video and moment of silence for Halladay. Rhys Hoskins caught Pederson's strike.

Quotable: "As soon as I see that I took a good pitch I just forget that pitch and get ready for the next pitch. My mental [approach] is going to be aggressive on every single pitch but select my pitch that I want." — Maikel Franco on seeing more pitches while still staying aggressive at the plate

Attendance: 44,488, a sellout.

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Up next: Following an off-day Friday, the Phillies will play game two of the series with the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park Saturday at 6:05 p.m. Right-hander Vince Velasquez (0-1, 13.50 ERA) will start for the Phillies opposite lefty Dillon Peters (1-0, 0.00 ERA).

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