SAN FRANCISCO — The Phillies scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to rally for a 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants and close out their West Coast trip on a positive note Sunday.
It was an entertaining game.
Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco, Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams and Pedro Florimon strung together five straight one-out singles in the eighth to fuel the rally. Alfaro's hit tied the game and Florimon's two-run single put the Phillies ahead. Four of those players spent most of this season at Triple A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies finished the seven-game trip with two wins (in the last two games) and five losses. They went 2-11 in the state of California this season. They are 21-46 on the road.
Starting pitching report
Rookie Ben Lively came up from Triple A and scattered six hits and two runs over six innings. He benefited from three double plays.
San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner held the Phillies to four hits and a run over six innings. He left with a lead.
Hector Neris struck out Pablo Sandoval with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning and preserve a two-run lead. Neris plunked Buster Posey with a first-pitch fastball one batter earlier to load the bases. Posey was not happy and said something to Neris. Tempers quickly cooled.
Neris stayed on in the ninth and got the save.
Adam Morgan pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two. He has racked up seven straight scoreless appearances, striking out 12 in 8 1/3 innings.
Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless seventh for the Giants, but Hunter Strickland was tagged for five straight singles as the Phillies rallied for three runs in the eighth inning.
At the plate
Florimon drove in three runs.
Hoskins padded the lead with a solo homer in the ninth, his fifth in 11 games since being called up from Triple A. All five of his homers came on the trip to his home state.
The Phils were 5 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
Brandon Crawford and Bumgarner had hits to drive in the Giants' runs.
Posey singled and doubled. He has hit in 22 straight games against the Phillies, dating to 2014.
In the field
Giants leftfielder Jarrett Parker made a big play when he cut down Cameron Perkins at the plate for the second out in the top of the seventh. The play preserved the Giants' 2-1 lead.
Earlier in the game, Phillies leftfielder Florimon cut down a run at run at the plate in the second inning. The Giants tested Florimon's arm again in the fifth and won — the throw was off line and Ryder Jones scored on a single by Bumgarner as the Giants took a 2-1 lead.
Hot prospect tries hot corner
J.P. Crawford made his first professional start at third base Sunday (see story). He could be coming to a ballpark near you soon.
The Phillies are off on Monday. They play a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. Aaron Nola (9-8, 3.26) will pitch the first game against Miami right-hander Dan Straily (7-8, 3.80). Start time for that game is 4:05 p.m. The Phillies have not named a starter for the second game. It is likely to be Nick Pivetta. Right-hander Jose Urena will start the second game for Miami.