Ve­lasquez stays in his com­fort zone

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

Vince Ve­lasquez at­tributes his re­cent resur­gence to some­thing in his head, not his arm.

The Philadel­phia right-han­der pitched shutout ball into the sev­enth in­ning, and Car­los San­tana and Pe­dro Flo­ri­mon each hit home runs in the Phillies’ 6-2 vic­tory over the Car­di­nals on Thurs­day in St. Louis.

Ve­lasquez (4- 4) gave up five hits in 6 1/3 in­nings, struck out five and walked two in record­ing his third straight win.

“I’m just hav­ing a dif­fer­ent men­tal­ity go­ing into the game,” Ve­lasquez said. “I feel like I’m go­ing into a com­fort zone of my own. That’s some­thing you’ve got to have and cher­ish. And build on.”

Ve­lasquez is 3- 0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last three starts. He has struck out 21 over 17 1/3 in­nings.

The three strong out­ings are in stark con­trast to two rough efforts on April 24 and 29 when he gave up a to­tal of 10 earned runs over 8 1/3 in­nings.

“It’s just start­ing to come to­gether for him,” Philadel­phia man­ager Gabe Kapler said. “We’re try­ing to fig­ure out what we see in Vin­nie that leads to this kind of suc­cess. I guess it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter. As long as he’s hav­ing it.”

Ve­lasquez be­gan the sea­son by drop­ping four of his first five de­ci­sions.

“A lot of ob­sta­cles are thrown at you and you’ve just got to learn to ad­just,” Ve­lasquez said. “That’s the whole part of this game is mak­ing ad­just­ments. And it seems like things are turn­ing around.”

The Phillies won for the sev­enth time in eight games.

Odubel Her­rera reached base three times to ex­tend his on-base streak to 43 games, fifth-long­est in fran­chise his­tory. It is also the long­est streak in the ma­jors since At­lanta’s Fred­die Free­man reached in 46 suc­ces­sive games in 2016.

RED SOX 6, ORI­OLES 2 » David Price took a shutout into the ninth in­ning and held Bal­ti­more to five hits in his first com­plete game this sea­son, lead­ing host Bos­ton past Bal­ti­more. J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xan­der Bo--

gaerts home­red with two on dur­ing a four-run fifth. Price (4- 4) struck out eight and didn’t walk a bat­ter while win­ning con­sec­u­tive starts for the first time this sea­son. Andrew Susac led off the ninth with a dou­ble, the first Bal­ti­more player to reach sec­ond base in the game. Manny Machado spoiled the shutout bid with a two- out homer, but Price fin­ished off Bal­ti­more on Jonathan Schoop’s pop-up.

DODGERS 7, MAR­LINS 0 » In Mi­ami, Justin Turner tied a career high with five RBIs and Kenta Maeda pitched eight sharp in­nings to help Los Angeles snap a six-game los­ing streak. Turner, who broke his left wrist in spring train­ing and made his sea­son de­but Tues­day, hit a three-run dou­ble for the Dodgers’ first hit in the third in­ning. He added a two-run dou­ble in the fourth and also sin­gled in fin­ish­ing 6 for 13 in the se­ries (.462). Maeda (3-3) re­tired the fi­nal 17 bat­ters he faced while throw­ing 96 pitches.

RAYS 7, AN­GELS 1 » C. J. Cron home­red and scored two runs against his for­mer team­mates, and Chris Archer pitched two-hit ball into the sev­enth in­ning of Tampa Bay’s vic­tory over Los Angeles in Ana­heim.

TIGERS 3, MARINERS 2 » Jose Igle­sias’ two- out, two-run sin­gle in the eighth in­ning gave Detroit the lead, and Tigers pitch­ers al­lowed just two hits over the fi­nal six in­nings in a vic­tory in Seat­tle. Detroit ral­lied against Seat­tle’s bullpen and specif­i­cally eighth-in­ning reg­u­lar Nick Vin­cent (1-1) to win. With two outs in the eighth, Vin­cent al­lowed a sin­gle to Mikie Mah­took and walked James McCann to load the bases. Seat­tle stayed with Vin­cent, and Igle­sias sent a grounder up the mid­dle and off the glove of div­ing short­stop Jean Se­gura.

WHITE SOX 4, RANGERS 2 » Wel­ing­ton Castillo hit a tiebreak­ing tworun sin­gle in host Chicago’s four­run eighth, help­ing the White Sox beat Texas in the opener of a fourgame se­ries be­tween two of the worst teams in the AL.

PI­RATES 5, PADRES 4 » Gre­gory Polanco led off the sev­enth in­ning with a dou­ble and scored the goa­head run on an er­ror, lead­ing host Pitts­burgh over San Diego.

JEFF ROBER­SON — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Phillies cen­ter fielder Odubel Her­rera reaches out and catches a fly ball by the Car­di­nals’ Paul DeJong dur­ing the sixth in­ning Thurs­day in St. Louis.

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