Rock­ies roll past Phillies

The Republican Herald - - SPORTS - By MIke CRANsTON

PHILADEL­PHIA — Car­los Gon­za­lez came to the plate in the fourth in­ning with a run­ner on first and no­body out and saw the shift-happy Philadel­phia Phillies move three in­field­ers to the right of sec­ond base.

The lefty slug­ger promptly laid down a bunt to the empty left side, spark­ing a big in­ning as an­other of man­ager Gabe Kapler’s de­fen­sive moves back­fired.

Ian Des­mond hit a two-run homer in that five-run fourth, Tyler An­der­son pitched seven strong in­nings and the Colorado Rock­ies routed the Phillies 7-2 on Wed­nes­day night to end a five-game los­ing streak.

“We were prob­a­bly most ex­cited about CarGo’s bunt,” Rock­ies man­ager Bud Black said. “Af­ter the Nolan (Are­nado) walk and then the bunt, that sort of set ev­ery­thing up. It got us go­ing. And

CarGo prac­tices that every day.”

Trevor Story added three hits and drove in two for the Rock­ies, who had dropped nine of 11 while fall­ing from first place to fourth in the NL West.

An­der­son (4-1) al­lowed one run and six hits while match­ing his long­est out­ing of the sea­son, set in his last start.

“I think we were feed­ing off Andy a lit­tle there. He pitched great tonight,” Des­mond said. “An elec­tric fast­ball. He was lo­cat­ing all his pitches. He was work­ing quick. You could tell he was pitch­ing with a pur­pose tonight. And as an of­fense, I think we fed off that.”

Jorge Al­faro and Jes­muel Valentin home­red for the Phillies, who were seek­ing their first three-game win­ning streak since May 13-17.

Gon­za­lez’s bunt was an­other blow to the Phillies’ de­fen­sive align­ments, which came un­der crit­i­cism from Philadel­phia pitcher Jake Ar­ri­eta af­ter a loss at San Fran­cisco ear­lier this month.

“I don’t think it’s some­thing we want to see him do every day,” Des­mond said of Gon­za­lez. “But that built mo­men­tum. It kept it go­ing.”

Nick Pivetta (4-6) struck out five straight bat­ters in the sec­ond and third in­nings. But the bunt was the first of five straight hits al­lowed be­fore he recorded an out in the fifth. Story had an RBI dou­ble off the wall and Ger­ardo Parra fol­lowed with a two-run sin­gle.

Des­mond, who came in hit­ting .196, then sent an 0-1 slider into the right-field seats for his 12th homer to make it 6-0.

“I hung a cou­ple break­ing balls tonight and they’re a good-hit­ting club,” Pivetta said.

Story, who had his ca­reer­high fifth straight mul­ti­hit game, had an­other run-scor­ing dou­ble in the sev­enth against Mark Leiter Jr., giv­ing him 49 RBIs.

Pivetta, who lost his fourth straight start, was charged with six runs on eight hits with three walks over five in­nings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: Re­liever Pat Neshek (shoul­der, fore­arm) will throw all of his pitches in a bullpen to­day. If it goes well, he’ll head to Florida to throw live bat­ting prac­tice. Neshek, who signed a twoyear, $16.5 mil­lion deal in De­cem­ber, has yet to throw a pitch this sea­son. “The great­est ac­qui­si­tion we can make right now is in­sert­ing Pat Neshek in our bullpen,” Kapler said.

Pi­rates 5, D’backs 4

PHOENIX — Jordy Mercer home­red and had three RBIs, and Jame­son Tail­lon pitched seven ef­fec­tive in­nings as the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates avoided a sweep with a vic­tory over the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs.

The Pi­rates blew a five-run lead in the opener and were knocked for 13 runs in the sec­ond game. Pitts­burgh ended Ari­zona’s sweep bid with a four-run sec­ond in­ning against Zack Greinke (5-5) and a ster­ling per­for­mance by Tail­lon (4-5).

Braves 2, Mets 0

AT­LANTA — Mike Soroka did not al­low a hit un­til the sev­enth in­ning, Fred­die Free­man home­red and drove in both runs, and the At­lanta Braves beat the New York Mets.

Soroka, the youngest pitcher in the ma­jor leagues and one of base­ball’s top prospects, re­turned from a right shoul­der strain that side­lined him since May 17 to out­pitch NL ERA leader Jacob deGrom in a game that lasted only 2 hours, 12 min­utes.

Brew­ers 1, Cubs 0

MIL­WAU­KEE — Lorenzo Cain home­red and Jhoulys Chacin com­bined with three re­liev­ers on a six-hit­ter to pace the Brew­ers past Chicago, even as Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don used two pitch­ers and a catcher in left field in the eighth in­ning.

Chacin (6-1) al­lowed four hits in six in­nings, strik­ing out seven and walk­ing four to win his sixth con­sec­u­tive de­ci­sion.

Mar­lins 5, Gi­ants 4

MI­AMI — Brian An­der­son hit a game-end­ing sac­ri­fice fly in the ninth in­ning to lift the Mi­ami Mar­lins over the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants.

Red Sox 5, Ori­oles 1

BAL­TI­MORE — Chris Sale took a two-hit­ter into the sev­enth in­ning be­fore be­ing ejected, and the Bos­ton Red Sox com­pleted a three-game sweep of the skid­ding Bal­ti­more Ori­oles.

Rays 1, Blue Jays 0

ST. PETERS­BURG, Fla. — Matt Duffy’s RBI sin­gle with two outs in the ninth drove in the game’s only run in the Tampa Bay Rays’ win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tigers 5, Twins 2

DETROIT — Vic­tor Reyes’s RBI sin­gle keyed a four-run eighth in­ning as the Detroit Tigers ral­lied to beat the Min­nesota Twins.

In­ter­league Na­tion­als 5, Yan­kees 4

NEW YORK — Teenage rookie Juan Soto home­red twice and drove in four runs, be­com­ing the youngest player in 29 years to go deep in a reg­u­lar-sea­son game at Yan­kee Sta­dium, as the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als beat New York.

Af­ter get­ting a game off Tues­day, his first in three­plus weeks as a ma­jor lea­guer, a re­freshed Soto showed ex­actly why he was rated one of base­ball’s best prospects.

The 19-year-old out­fielder lofted a three-run homer into the left-field corner off Sonny Gray in the fourth in­ning to give Wash­ing­ton, shut out in its pre­vi­ous two games, a 4-3 lead. Soto then launched a ti­tanic shot to right-cen­ter in the sev­enth against Chasen Shreve (2-1), putting the Na­tion­als back in front 5-4.

Called up from Dou­ble-A Harrisburg on May 20, Soto is bat­ting .344 with five homers and 12 RBIs.

New York got a long home run from its own im­pres­sive rookie, 21-year-old Gley­ber Tor­res, to tie it at 4 in the fifth. Greg Bird also hit a solo homer and Gian­carlo Stan­ton had three hits for the Yan­kees, in­clud­ing a two-out RBI sin­gle that glanced off the glove of third base­man An­thony Ren­don.

Eastern League

Sen­a­tors 5 Fightin Phils 3

READ­ING — Drew Ward hit a two-run home run and had two hits, and Wirkin Estevez pitched six score­less in­nings as the Harrisburg Sen­a­tors topped the Read­ing Fightin Phils.

Austin Bos­sart hit a three­run home run and sin­gled for the Fightin Phils.

Harrisburg im­proved to 4-2 against Read­ing this sea­son.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Philadel­phia Phillies third base­man Maikel Franco, left, tags out Colorado’s Char­lie Black­mon at sec­ond base af­ter Black­mon tried to steal dur­ing the first in­ning of Wed­nes­day’s game. The Rock­ies won 7-2.

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