Offense looks all wet after long rain delay
PHILADELPHIA — Jorge Alfaro homered and Philadelphia’s relievers pitched six strong innings after a rain delay to lead the Phillies over the A’s 5-2 on Saturday night.
Rookie J.P. Crawford had two RBIs and Cesar Hernandez also drove in a run for the Phillies, who improved to 5-14 against the AL.
Matt Olson and Jed Lowrie homered for Oakland, which lost for just the third time in its past 10 games.
The game was delayed 1 hour, 46 minutes by rain during the third inning.
Neither starter returned following the delay. Philadelphia’s Ben Lively gave up two runs and two hits in the first three innings and Kendall Graveman allowed one hit in two scoreless innings before the A’s bullpen took over.
Hector Neris pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 24 chances to cap an impressive performance by Philadelphia relievers. Neris gave up a solo shot to Lowrie, but Yacksel Rios, Victor Arano, Hoby Milner, Edubray Ramos and Luis Garcia didn’t allow a hit over five scoreless innings.
Arano (1-0) pitched two innings to earn his first majorleague victory.
A’s reliever Simon Castro reacts after giving up a two-run home run to the Phillies’ Jorge Alfaro in the sixth inning.