Her­rera helps Phils hold off White Sox

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Dave Zeitlin

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Odubel Her­rera kept up his hit­ting surge with a homer among his three hits and drove in three runs as the Philadel­phia Phillies held off a late Chicago White Sox rally in a 7-6 win Tues­day night.

Tommy Joseph and Roman Quinn added two hits apiece and com­bined to drive in three runs for the Phillies. Her­rera, who hits be­tween Joseph and Quinn in the lineup, is 15 for 28 in his last seven games.

Melky Cabr­era hit a three-run home run for the White Sox, who have lost four straight. Strug­gling vet­eran James Shields (518), win­less since July 26, al­lowed six earned runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 in­nings.

Trail­ing 7-3 in the ninth, the White Sox pulled within one on a two-out wild pitch and a two-run dou­ble from Adam Ea­ton. How­ever, Michael Mar­iot came on and got Tim An­der­son to ground out to short to end the game and pick up his first ca­reer save.

Jake Thomp­son (3-5) gave up three runs and four hits over five in­nings. The rookie right-han­der, who strug­gled for most of Au­gust after first get­ting called up from the mi­nors, has won his last two starts and has a 2.99 ERA over his last five ap­pear­ances.

For the sec­ond straight game, the Phillies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first in­ning. After Quinn walked, Her­rera hit a 1-1 pitch into the Phillies bullpen for his 15th homer of the season.

Her­rera also started a two-out rally in the third, sin­gling and steal­ing sec­ond, be­fore scam­per­ing home on Joseph’s two-out dou­ble. Joseph then came home when An­der­son couldn’t han­dle a sharp liner off the bat of Maikel Franco, giv­ing the Phillies a 4-3 lead.

Like Her­rera, Joseph is also rid­ing a hot streak with 10 hits in his last six games.

Her­rera’s big night con­tin­ued in the fifth when he sneaked a ground-ball through the hole be­tween first and sec­ond to drive in Quinn and ex­tend Philadel­phia’s lead to 5-3. On the next pitch, the speedy cen­ter fielder stole his sec­ond base of the game and 24th of the season.

Quinn’s two-run sin­gle in the sixth pro­vided enough in­sur­ance for the Phillies to open their sec­ond-to­last home se­ries of the season with a win.

Be­fore the ninth, Chicago’s big in­ning came in the third. With two outs and no­body on, An­der­son dou­bled and Jose Abreu walked be­fore Cabr­era lined a 1-1 pitch just in­side the right­field foul pole for his 12th home run of the year, putting the White Sox ahead 3-2.

Dur­ing Chicago’s fourgame los­ing streak, the White Sox have been outscored 28-11.


The Phillies’ Tommy Joseph, right, scores past White Sox catcher Omar Nar­vaez on a sin­gle by Maikel Franco dur­ing the third in­ning Tues­day.

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