SAN DIEGO — What was looking like a disastrous trip to the West Coast — at least in terms of wins and losses — ended on a high note for the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon. They rallied for five runs in the late innings to beat the San Diego Padres, 7-5.
Despite the win, the Phils may have suffered another significant loss. Reliever Seranthony Dominguez left the game with an apparent injury after facing three batters in the eighth inning. Stay tuned on that one.
The Phils lost the first game of the series against the Padres to extend their losing streak to five games. Three of those losses came in Los Angeles against the Dodgers at the start of the trip. The Phils won the final two games in San Diego to win the series and head home at 35-27, still holding the lead in the National League East.
The Phils lost Andrew McCutchen to a season-ending ACL injury in the first game in San Diego. His roster replacement, rookie Adam Haseley, played a key role in the Phils’ come-from-behind win Wednesday afternoon. With the score knotted at 5-5, Scott Kingery extended the top of the eighth inning by drawing a two-out walk and Haseley stroked a tie-breaking RBI double to left. It was his first big-league hit. Pinch-hitter Andrew Knapp then singled home Haseley with an insurance run.
The Phillies had to overcome a second straight poor start from Jake Arrieta to pull off the win.
• The Phillies trailed 5-2 after six innings, but the offense never stopped coming. It rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 5-5. Haseley started the rally by working a full count and walking with one out. Cesar Hernandez, Bryce Harper and Jean Segura all had two-out hits to help the Phils tie the game. The Phils scored two more in the eighth to take the lead.
• The bullpen was a huge reason the Phillies won this game. It picked up 4 1/3 innings and did not allow a run. Hector Neris retired Manny Machado with the bases loaded to end the eighth. Shortstop Segura made a nice running catch of Machado’s pop up in shallow left to close out that inning. Huge play. Neris stayed on and got three outs in the ninth for the save.
• Jay Bruce doubled and homered in his first two at-bats. He’s the first Phillie ever to have three homers and seven RBIs in his first two starts with the club.
He pitched just 4 2/3 innings and was tagged for seven hits, including two homers and two doubles. He gave up five runs. He walked five, one intentionally.
All five of the runs that Arrieta allowed came after he extended innings with two-out walks. After the walk in the third, he gave up a three-run homer to rookie Josh Naylor on an 0-2 sinker and a solo homer to Wil Myers on an 0-1 sinker. All of the runs that Arrieta gave up came on hits against elevated sinkers.
Arrieta had a horrible trip. In two starts, he gave up 17 hits, including five homers, and 10 runs over 9 2/3 innings. His ERA swelled from 3.60 to 4.29.
He ranks second in the NL with 14 homers allowed.
Phillies pitchers lead the National League with 99 homers allowed. They are on pace to blow past the team record of 221 set in 2017.
The Phillies are off on Thursday.
The team will hold a celebration of life for former club president David Montgomery, who died last month after a five-year battle with cancer. The event starts at 3 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park and is open to the public.
The Phils open a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Zach Eflin (5-5, 3.02) will come off the injured list and face right-hander Tanner Roark (4-4, 3.47) in the series opener.
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