Nola, Kingery lead Phillies past Rock­ies

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Rob Maaddi

PHILADEL­PHIA » Aaron Nola struck out 10 in an­other dom­i­nant per­for­mance, Scott Kingery hit a three-run homer and the Philadel­phia Phillies beat the Colorado Rock­ies 5-4 on Tues­day night.

Nola (8-2) al­lowed one run and four hits in 6 2/3 in­nings, low­er­ing his ERA to 2.27. He has given up three runs or less in 13 of 14 starts.

Ser­an­thony Dominguez es­caped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth for his third save.

Nola left af­ter strik­ing out Ian Des­mond with run­ners on first and third. Edubray Ramos en­tered and gave up a bloop RBI sin­gle to Tom Mur­phy be­fore record­ing the third out. Tommy Hunter tossed a score­less eighth. But Luis Gar­cia al­lowed four con­sec­u­tive sin­gles to start the ninth. He de­parted af­ter Mur­phy’s RBI sin­gle cut it to 5-2.

Dominguez en­tered and gave up an RBI sin­gle to pinch-hit­ter Chris Ian­netta. DJ LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly cut it to 5-4. But right

fielder Aaron Altherr ran down Char­lie Black­mon’s hard liner for the sec­ond out and Dominguez struck out Nolan Are­nado to end it.

Kingery drove a 1-2 pitch from Jon Gray (6-7) out to left-cen­ter to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the first. He added a sacrifice fly in the third.

Gray sur­ren­dered four runs on only three hits in six in­nings. He also fanned 10.

Jes­muel Valentin’s pinch­hit RBI sin­gle in the eighth ex­tended Philadel­phia’s lead to 5-1.

The Phillies have won two in a row for the first time since a three-game win­ning streak May 13-17.

The Rock­ies have lost five straight and nine of their pre­vi­ous 11.

Af­ter start­ing at five po­si­tions, Kingery has taken over as Philadel­phia’s reg­u­lar short­stop de­spite bat­ting only .215. J.P. Craw­ford has moved to third base since re­turn­ing from the dis­abled list and has started five straight games in­stead of third base­man Maikel Franco.

TRAINER’S ROOM

PHILLIES » RHP Jerad Eick­hoff re­ceived a cor­ti­sone shot in his right wrist on Mon­day. Eick­hoff hasn’t pitched this sea­son . ... Re­liever Pat Neshek threw a bullpen ses­sion Tues­day. He be­gan the sea­son on the DL with a shoul­der strain and sus­tained a flexor strain in his el­bow dur­ing re­hab . ... Util­i­ty­man Pe­dro Flo­ri­mon could re­turn in Septem­ber af­ter break­ing his right foot dur­ing the team’s re­cent road trip. ROCK­IES » OF Car­los Gon­za­lez was back in the lineup af­ter miss­ing two games with a rib is­sue . ... RHP Adam Ot­tavino threw a live bat­ting prac­tice ses­sion. He has been side­lined by a left oblique strain.

UP NEXT

Right-han­der Nick Pivetta (4-5, 3.76 ERA) starts for the Phillies while lefty Tyler An­der­son (3-1, 4.81) goes for the Rock­ies in the mid­dle game Wed­nes­day night.

MATT SLOCUM — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Philadel­phia Phillies’ Aaron Nola pitches dur­ing the third in­ning of a base­ball game against the Colorado Rock­ies, Tues­day in Philadel­phia.

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