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Nola's gem lifts Phillies over Braves 2-1

Nola's gem lifts Phillies over Braves 2-1

Aaron Nola allowed four hits and struck out nine, coming within one out of a shutout, and the Philadelphia Phillies edged the Atlanta Braves 2-1 to earn a split of their four-game seriesBy KEVIN COONEY Associated PressJuly 25, 2021, 8:36 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHILADELPHIA — Aaron Nola came within one out of a shutout, and the Philadelphia Phillies edged the Atlanta Braves 2-1 Sunday to earn a split of their four-game series.Nola allowed four hits and struck out nine in 8 2/3 innings. Jean Segura hit a solo homer in the fourth and made a key defensive stop in the seventh that helped strand an Atlanta runner at third. Philadelphia infielder Ronald Torreyes homered in the eighth, and that proved critical when Atlanta’s Austin Riley went deep with two outs in the ninth to chase Nola.Ranger Suarez got the final out for his fourth save of the season.“I actually threw my best (game of the season) today,” Nola said. “I was more in sync with everything. And coming off a game like (Saturday’s 15-3 loss to Atlanta), it was especially big.”The Braves wasted a strong start from right-hander Touki Toussaint, who allowed one run and five hits over seven innings while striking out 10. Riley had three of the four Atlanta hits, including two doubles.“That’s a fun game to be in,” Toussaint said. “It was 1-0. I made a mistake, they hit it out.”Nola (7-6) had struggled since June 1 with a 6.10 ERA in his last eight starts before this one. He also missed two starts during that time due to contact tracing related to COVID-19.On Sunday, he was effective early, getting light contact and strikeouts against a Braves lineup that had romped to 15 runs and 17 hits on Saturday night.“That’s why he’s one of the better ones in the game,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “That was a good game. That’s an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel. You don’t see that too often.”Eleven of Atlanta’s first 12 outs came from either strikeouts or plays made by Philadelphia infielders.“It all started with the location of his fastball and it was really good today,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.The biggest challenge for Nola came in the seventh. Riley lead off with a double to the gap in left-center field. However, he was unable to score when Segura’s diving stop and throw robbed Dansby Swanson of a hit for the first out of the inning. Nola got Abraham Almonte to pop out to shallow left, and Guillermo Heredia’s groundout to third ended the threat.“That play was unbelievable,” Nola said. “That play gave me a chance to get out of the inning.”Toussaint (1-1) matched Nola pitch for pitch for most of the afternoon. However, his lone mistake came when Segura led off the fourth by turning on an inside split-finger fastball and hitting it into the first row of the left-field bleachers for his sixth homer of the season for a 1-0 Phillies lead.Torreyes added to the lead in the eighth when he hit his fourth homer of the year — this one coming off Atlanta reliever Chris Martin. That loomed large when Riley turned on Nola’s fastball for his 17th homer of the season to end the shutout bid. Suarez came in to strike out Swanson and end the game.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: LHP Drew Smyly had no structural damage in his left knee that was injured in his start on Saturday night. He is currently day to day.Phillies: OF Travis Jankowski was placed on the COVID-related injured list on Sunday, becoming the seventh Philadelphia player with that designation since July 11. OF Mickey Moniak was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Jankowski’s spot on the roster. RHP Chase Anderson was activated off the COVID-related injury list, which he had been on since June 10.UP NEXTBraves: Open a five-game set at the New York Mets with a doubleheader on Monday. Kyle Muller (1-3) and Bryse Wilson (2-3) are set to start for Atlanta.Phillies: Start a four-game home set against Washington on Monday. Spencer Howard (0-2) takes the mound against Joe Ross (5-8) of the Nationals.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Realmuto's big day helps Phils take care of Marlins

Realmuto's big day helps Phils take care of Marlins

PHILADELPHIA — J.T. Realmuto had a big day at the plate, following a two-run walk-off homer in the completion of Saturday’s suspended game with a 3-for-5 performance with two RBIs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-4 on Sunday.Realmuto’s two-run 10th-inning homer gave the Phillies a 4-2 win in the conclusion to Saturday’s suspended game.Andrew McCutchen and Didi Gregorius also homered in Sunday’s scheduled game for the Phillies, who rallied from a 4-2 deficit to give starting pitcher Zack Wheeler the win.Philadelphia has won 10 of its past 14 games and trail the New York Mets by just two games in the National League East.Adam Duvall hit his 20th homer of the season for the Marlins, who have lost six of their past eight games.Realmuto has five multi-hit games since July 4 and has shown signs of opposite-field power.In the conclusion of Saturday’s game, Realmuto powered an 0-2 fastball from Miami’s Yimi Garcia to the opposite field for his second career walk-off homer and ninth homer of the season.In the regularly scheduled game, Realmuto followed a second-inning RBI single with an opposite-field single that scored Travis Jankowski in the eighth that added to the lead.Wheeler — who has thrown the most innings of any starting pitcher in the majors at 125 2/3 — didn’t appear to have his best stuff.However, Miami was only able to get to him in the third inning with four runs, highlighted by Duvall’s two-run shot that gave the Marlins a 4-2 lead.Wheeler went six innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs while striking out seven to improve to 7-5 on the season.The Marlins’ lead held until the bottom of the fifth. McCutchen connected on a first-pitch Braxton Garrett curveball for a solo shot that chased the Marlins starting pitcher and cut the Miami lead to 4-3. Two hitters later against reliever John Curtiss, Gregorius homered into the right-field bleachers for his eighth of the year to tie the game.Philadelphia took the lead in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Jean Segura. McCutchen followed with a fielder’s choice to give Philadelphia the 6-4 lead.Philadelphia’s bullpen held the lead for the final three innings as Connor Brogdon and Bailey Falter — two of the four Phillies players who spent time on the COVID-19 list this week for contact tracing — escaped an eighth-inning bases-loaded jam. Hector Neris pitched the ninth inning for his 12th save.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: Marlins second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. left Sunday’s game in the first inning with left shoulder contusion following a diving attempt on Bryce Harper’s single in short right field. He was replaced at second base by Joe Panik. … 1B Garrett Cooper left in the eighth inning with an arm and elbow issue after a collision with Jankowski at the bag.Phillies: Aaron Nola is scheduled to pitch for the Phillies on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium after coming off the team’s COVID-19 list. Nola was one of the Phillies who was in contact tracing following third baseman Alec Bohm’s positive test on July 10 in Boston, forcing the right-hander to miss his scheduled start the next day. Nola did not test positive for COVID-19. The earliest that Bohm could return would be Thursday against the Atlanta Braves, provided that he’s cleared protocol.UP NEXTMarlins: Miami heads to Washington, where it will kick off a three-game set against the Nationals on Monday night.Phillies: After a day off Monday, Philadelphia travels to Yankee Stadium for a two-game interleague set.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Realmuto powers Phils over Marlins to finish suspended game

Realmuto powers Phils over Marlins to finish suspended game

PHILADELPHIA — J.T. Realmuto’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday in a completion of a suspended game.Saturday night’s game was suspended just two pitches into the top of the 10th inning when severe thunderstorms rolled through the Philadelphia region and causing the second rain delay of the evening.In the bottom of the 10th inning, Travis Jankowski started at second base and advanced to third on Jean Segura’s bunt. With the Marlins playing a five-man infield with one out, Realmuto powered an 0-2 fastball from Miami’s Yimi Garcia to the opposite field for his second career walk-off homer.Jose Alvarado pitched a scoreless top of the 10th for Philadelphia on Sunday, stranding Miami’s runner at second base.The game went to extra innings because of Jesus Aguilar’s two-run homer off Phillies closer Ranger Suarez in the top of the ninth.The regularly scheduled game is scheduled to begin close to 2 p.m. with the Phillies sending top starter Zack Wheeler to the mound against Miami’s Braxton Garrett. Garrett is replacing the injured Pablo Lopez.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Panik makes stellar debut with Miami in 11-6 win over Phils

Panik makes stellar debut with Miami in 11-6 win over Phils

Joe Panik made an instant impression in his first game in Miami’s lineup, homering in his first at-bat and adding a go-ahead RBI single during a six-run sixth inning as the Marlins rallied for an 11-6 win over the Philadelphia PhilliesBy KEVIN COONEY Associated PressJuly 1, 2021, 4:41 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHILADELPHIA — Joe Panik made an instant impression in his first game in Miami’s lineup, homering in his first at-bat and adding a go-ahead RBI single during a six-run sixth inning as the Marlins rallied for an 11-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.“It was good to get right out there and make an impact,” Panik said following a 2-for-4 night with two runs scored and two RBIs. “It was a good night and a good first day. Hopefully, there’s a lot more good to come.”Starling Marte went 4-for-6 for Miami and Garrett Cooper and Adam Duvall each had three hits for the Marlins. Duvall recorded his 18th homer of the season, and Cooper, Jesus Sanchez and Sandy Leon each drove in two runs as the Marlins wore Phillies starter Aaron Nola down on a humid night and capitalized on the porous Philadelphia bullpen for four additional runs.“These guys are not quitting,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We’re going to keep playing. Tonight is a good win. You get down 4-1 to Nola and you are not in a good spot. … It’s a good sign for our club.”Bryce Harper hit two solo homers for the Phillies, increasing his season total to 13. It was the 23rd multihomer game of Harper’s career. Nick Maton drove in two runs for Philadelphia, which has lost 10 of its last 15 games.“I believe we can play (better), but we have to start doing it,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s the bottom line. And there’s been a myriad of issues that we’ve had over the course of time, whether it be pitching, hitting or defense. There’s been a number of things, but we have to turn this around.”Panik was activated by the Marlins before Wednesday’s game after arriving as part of a four-player trade with the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Corey Dickerson and pitcher Adam Cimber. He went right to work, turning on a Nola knuckle-curve and whipping it into the bleachers in right field for his third homer of the season in the second inning. In the fifth, Panik had an RBI single to right off reliever Neftali Feliz that scored Miguel Rojas and broke a 5-all tie.Leon followed with a two-run double to the right field corner that brought in Sanchez and Panik, extending Miami’s lead to 8-5. “Gong down 4-1 against Aaron Nola, it’s easy to mail it in and say today is not our day,” Panik said. “But we had a lot of good at-bats in the fifth inning. That’s what good teams do and they believe in each other. It was nice to see.”Miami tacked on two runs in the sixth, one on a single by Cooper that scored Jazz Chisholm Jr. The other Marlins run scored when a Rojas grounder to third was misplayed by Alec Bohm, allowing Marte to score.One start after tying Tom Seaver’s 51-year old major league record of recording 10 consecutive strikeouts, Nola struck out 11 Marlins — including eight of the first nine outs of the game by punchout.However, Nola’s pitch count rose quickly as he labored in the fifth, failing to get out of the frame after yielding four consecutive two-out singles to Cooper, Duvall, Rojas and Sanchez. Nola (5-5) is 4-8 lifetime against the Marlins with a 3.58 ERA after allowing seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.“That’s not what I’m usually doing,” Nola said. “But I’ll keep working. I need to pitch deeper into the games.”Phillies pitchers recorded 16 strikeouts in the game, but allowed the Marlins to post a season-high 18 hits.Zach Pop (1-0) worked an inning and earned the victory.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: Miguel Rojas was back in Miami’s lineup at shortstop on Wednesday after being sent back to Miami’s team hotel before Tuesday night’s game due to an unidentified illness.Phillies: Shortstop Didi Gregorius was 1-for-5 with an RBI single in an injury rehab assignment on Wednesday with Lehigh Valley. Gregorius, who signed a two-year, $28 million contract in the off-season as a free agent, has played in only 32 of the Phillies 78 games this season with a right elbow condition team officials identified as “pseudo-gout.” He could return this weekend against the San Diego Padres. … Phillies manager Joe Girardi said that reliever Ranger Suarez suffered back spasms during warmups and was unavailable Wednesday.UP NEXTThe teams finish off the three game set with a 6:05 p.m. start on Thursday. Miami will start righthander Pablo Lopez (4-4, 2.87 ERA) while Philadelphia will go with righthander Zach Eflin (2-6, 4.20).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports