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Instant Replay: Giants 10, Phillies 2

Instant Replay: Giants 10, Phillies 2

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Phillies' losing streak swelled to six games in a 10-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.

The Phillies were held scoreless on just one single through the first seven innings by Giants lefty Matt Moore, who entered the game with the highest ERA in the National League at 5.71.

The Phillies' offense has been bad all season, but it has been especially bad lately. Over the last nine games, they have scored just 25 runs, an average of 2.8 per game. The Phils are 1-8 in those contests.

The Giants scored three times in the first inning and four times in the eighth when the Phillies' defense fell apart.

The Phillies are 0-11 in the state of California. They were swept in three-game series in Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego, and have lost the first two in San Francisco.

The Phils are a season-high 34 games under .500 at 43-77, worst in the majors. They are 19-46 on the road and 6-22 against the NL West.

Starting pitching report
Zach Eflin (1-5) trailed 2-0 after his first eight pitches and 3-0 after his first 10.

The right-hander gave up seven hits and six runs over five innings. He walked two and struck out two. He gave up a pair of home runs.

Moore pitched shutout ball and allowed just one hit through the first seven innings. He allowed a single and a walk in the eighth and exited the game as his bullpen allowed two inherited runners to score.

Bullpen report
Luis Garcia and Jesen Therrien both pitched a scoreless inning. Hector Neris was charged with four runs in a sloppy eighth inning.

Hunter Strickland quieted a Phillies' rally in the top of the eighth. Kyle Crick got the final three outs.

At the plate
The Phillies had just four hits, all singles. Three of them came in the eighth inning. Freddy Galvis' bloop single to right accounted for the Phillies' only two runs.

Rookie catcher Jorge Alfaro had both of the Phillies' hits against Moore.

Jarrett Parker had a two-run double in the first inning. Hunter Pence had a solo homer in the second. Brandon Crawford smacked a two-run homer in the third.

Giants catcher Buster Posey's fifth-inning double gave him a 20-game hitting streak against the Phillies, dating to 2014.

The Phillies were out-hit, 12-4.

Health check
Odubel Herrera was placed on the disabled list with a sore left hamstring (see story).

Up next
Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.33) pitches for the Phillies on Saturday night against Giants lefty Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37).

Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

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Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

Gabe Kapler on Friday added to his coaching staff by naming Jim Gott the Phillies' bullpen coach.

Gott was the minor-league pitching coordinator for the Angels the last five seasons and the pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels the three years prior to that role.

He played for the Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates and Dodgers over 14 major-league seasons as a starter and reliever. Gott, now 58 years old, compiled a 3.87 ERA while making 96 starts and converting 91 saves.

Kapler and the Phillies still need to name a pitching coach and first-base coach. Last week, they named Dusty Wathan third-base coach and hired John Mallee as hitting coach, while retaining Rick Kranitz, who was the assistant pitching coach last season (see story). He could fill the main pitching coach vacancy, although his role is currently to be determined.

In 2017, Bob McClure served the Phillies as pitching coach and Mickey Morandini was first-base coach.

MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

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MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve has won the American League MVP award, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base.

The 6-foot-7 Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year award Monday. He set a rookie record with 52 home runs.

Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians finished third. The award was announced Thursday.

Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first World Series championship. Voting for these honors was completed before the postseason began.

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP award, barely edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds.

In the closest MVP vote since 1979, Stanton became only the sixth player to win from a losing team. Stanton led the big leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs (see full story).

MLB: Manfred says pace changes will happen with or without union
Major League Baseball will change rules to speed games next year with or without an agreement with the players' association.

Management proposed last offseason to institute a 20-second pitch clock, allow one trip to the mound by a catcher per pitcher each inning and raise the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level at the top of the kneecap. The union didn't agree, and clubs have the right to impose those changes unilaterally for 2018.

Players and MLB have held initial bargaining since summer, and MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem said this week he would like an agreement by mid-January.

"My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players, but if we can't get an agreement we are going to have rule changes in 2018 one way or the other," baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after a quarterly owners' meeting.

Nine-inning games averaged a record 3 hours, 5 minutes during the regular season and 3:29 during the postseason.

There are ongoing talks for a new posting system with Japan to replace the deal that expired Nov. 1, one that would allow star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani to leave the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters to sign with a big league team (see full story).

Mariners: Team makes trade, raises available money for Japan's Otani​
The Seattle Mariners have gained more flexibility if they want to try to sign star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani.

They acquired an additional $500,000 for their international signing bonus pool from the Chicago White Sox in a trade for Brazilian right-hander Thyago Vieira.

Otani, a 23-year-old right-hander, would be limited to a minor league contract with a signing bonus under Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement. The trade announced Thursday increases the Mariners' available money for a signing bonus to $1,557,500. Seattle has spent $3,942,500 on bonuses in the signing year that started July 2 from a pool that rose to $5.5 million with the trade.

The 24-year-old Vieira made his major league debut with a scoreless inning against Baltimore on Aug. 14, his only big league appearance. He was 2-3 with two saves and a 3.72 ERA in 29 games this year for Double-A Arkansas and 0-1 with two saves and a 4.58 ERA in 12 games for Triple-A Tacoma.

Chicago is restricted to a maximum $300,000 signing bonus because it exceeded its pool in a previous year under the old labor contract.