Of­fense looks all wet af­ter long rain de­lay

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BASEBALL - By Aaron Bracy Aaron Bracy is an Associated Press writer.

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.

Matt Slocum / Associated Press

A’s re­liever Si­mon Cas­tro re­acts af­ter giv­ing up a two-run home run to the Phillies’ Jorge Al­faro in the sixth in­ning.

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