Pivetta K’s 11, Phils beat O’s

Phillies eight games over .500 for first time since 2011

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Todd Karpovich

BAL­TI­MORE » Nick Pivetta over­pow­ered the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles with his fast­ball and curve, show­ing po­ten­tial as a top-of-the-ro­ta­tion starter.

Pivetta tied a ca­reer-high with 11 strike­outs, Ce­sar Her­nan­dez home­red and Phil­a­del­phia beat the Ori­oles 4-1 Wed­nes­day in a wet in­ter­league matchup.

Phil­a­del­phia (24-16) climbed eight games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 sea­son. The Ori­oles (13-29) have dropped two of three and have the sec­ond-worst record in the Amer­i­can League, ahead of only the Chicago White Sox (10-29).

Pivetta (3-2) won his sec­ond straight start, al­low­ing one run, two hits and one walk in seven in­nings.

“He has dom­i­nant stuff. The kind of stuff that can wipe out the op­po­si­tion,” Phillies man­ager Gabe Kapler said. “To­day was sort of one of those days that you can dream on, and like (think) what if he re­ally puts it all to­gether and is able to do this, start in and start out? And we’re start­ing to see that con­sis­tency.”

Odubel Her­rera sin­gled in the first and ex­tended his on-base streak to 42 games for the Phillies, who have won six of seven.

Tommy Hunter al­lowed run­ners to reach sec­ond and third with one out in the eighth. Luis Gar­cia loaded the bases with a walk to Trey Mancini, then re­tired Adam Jones on a fly­out and got Manny Machado to hit into a force­out.

Edubray Ramos struck out both bat­ters he faced in the ninth, and Hec­tor Neris re­tired Chris Davis on a game-end­ing ground­out. Neris started the sea­son as the closer, but Kapler said he plans to keep his op­tions open.

“We know that Ramos’ slider is very ef­fec­tive against right-


Phil­a­del­phia Ph­llies’ Ce­sar Her­nan­dez, left, and Odubel Her­rera cel­e­brate their 4-1 win over the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles in a base­ball game Wed­nes­day in Bal­ti­more.

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