The Phillies’ recently feeble offense came alive late in Wednesday night’s game and led the way to a 7-3 win over the Detroit Tigers in an interleague game at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phils had scored one or zero runs in five of their previous nine games and they entered the bottom of the seventh inning trailing, 2-1, in this one.
They rallied for four runs in that inning to take the lead and padded it with two more runs in the eighth.
The win improved the Phillies to 4-2 on the homestand and 12-6 at home overall.
They lead the NL East at 17-13.
• The Phils’ offense slogged through the first six innings. J.T. Realmuto’s one-out double down the right-field line gave the Phils some life in the bottom of the seventh. The Phils then loaded the bases when Sean Rodriguez was hit by a pitch and Cesar Hernandez singled. That brought up Maikel Franco, riding an 0-for 10-skid. Franco got a high sinker from Victor Alcantara and laced it to right-center to clear the bases and give the Phils a lead. Franco leads the Phils with 25 RBIs.
Andrew McCutchen added an RBI single later in the inning.
• Aaron Nola gave up a leadoff double in the top of the first inning but froze the runner there with two strikeouts and a ground out. It was a big stop for the right-hander early in the game.
• Rhys Hoskins clubbed his team-high ninth homer in the bottom of the eighth and Phil Gosselin added an RBI double to give Edubray Ramos plenty of breathing room to close it out in the ninth.
The right-hander scattered seven hits and a run over 5 2/3 innings. Five of Nola’s six strikeouts came on curveballs. However, he got hurt on the pitch when JaCoby Jones hit a 1-1 curveball for a two-out single that tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth.
Nola has given up just two runs in 12 1/3 innings over his last two starts.
Looks like Odubel Herrera will come off the injured list later in this homestand. Details here.
The Phils are off on Thursday. They open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday night – RHP Jerad Eickhoff (1-1, 2.12) vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 5.82)
Saturday night – RHP Jake Arrieta (4-2, 3.46) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (2-1, 3.58)
Sunday afternoon – RHP Zach Eflin (3-3, 3.34) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-4, 5.94)
The Phillies will honor Jimmy Rollins with a retirement ceremony before Saturday night’s game.
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