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Instant Replay: Padres 4, Phillies 3

Instant Replay: Padres 4, Phillies 3

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The Phillies staged a game-tying rally late in the game, but it wasn't enough. They lost, 4-3, to the San Diego Padres on Friday night. It was the Phils' fourth straight loss, dropping them to a majors-worst 28-57 on the season.

The Phillies are 11-22 in one-run games.

Austin Hedges had a big night for the Padres, who are just 37-49 in the season. He belted a pair of solo homers and broke a 3-3 tie with a sacrifice fly to center in the top of the ninth.

The Phillies tied the game at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. They had two runners on base with one out in the bottom the eighth, but couldn't get the go-ahead run home.

The game was delayed by rain for one hour, 34 minutes in the seventh inning.

Starting pitching report
Nick Pivetta had another good start; he just made some mistakes that landed over the wall. The tall right-hander gave up just three runs in seven innings. All of the runs came on solo home runs. Control has been an issue for Pivetta, but he walked none in this outing while striking out seven. Pivetta has worked 14 innings in his last two outings and allowed just four runs. He has pitched seven innings in his three of his last five starts.

San Diego lefty Clayton Richard held the Phillies to one run over six innings.

Bullpen report
Pat Neshek preserved a 3-3 tie with scoreless work in the top of the eighth.

Hector Neris took the loss. He entered a tie game in the top of the ninth inning and gave up a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly.

San Diego right-hander Phil Maton gave up two runs in the eighth as the Phillies tied the game.

Brad Hand allowed a walk and a single in a tie game in the eighth, but came back to strike out Andres Blanco and Cameron Rupp to keep the game tied. He got the win. Brandon Maurer got the save. He struck out all three batters he faced.

At the plate
Tommy Joseph had a good night. He reached base four times with a double, a homer and two walks.

Joseph got the Phils on the board with his 15th homer of the season in the fourth inning. The Phillies rallied to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Rupp singled and pinch-hitter Nick Williams doubled. They scored on a groundout by Daniel Nava and a single by Freddy Galvis, respectively.

The Padres jumped out to a 3-1 lead on the strength of three solo homers, one by Jose Pirela and two by Hedges.

Trade talk
Joseph is on the trading block (see story).

Up next
The series continues Saturday afternoon with a 4:05 p.m. start. Aaron Nola (6-5, 3.73) pitches against San Diego's Jhoulys Chacin (7-7, 4.52)

Jerad Eickhoff will come off the disabled list to start for the Phillies in the final game before the All-Star break Sunday.

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.