Rockies roll past Phillies
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.
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.
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.
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.