Instant Replay: Indians 6, Phillies 0

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Instant Replay: Indians 6, Phillies 0

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CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer overcame six walks in five innings to win his second major-league game, and the Indians completed a sweep of their two-game series with the Phillies with a 6-0 win at Progressive Field.

The Indians outscored the Phillies 20-2 and out-hit the Phillies 31-8 in the two games. Their starting pitchers had won eight combined major-league games coming into the series.

The Phillies are 5-1 vs. the Mets this year and 7-15 against everybody else.

One night after Roy Halladay got smacked around for eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings, the Phillies’ other former Cy Young Award winner, Cliff Lee, allowed five runs (four earned) and nine hits in six innings.

The Phils had two base runners in five of the first seven innings. From the fourth through seventh, they had two base runners in four straight innings. In the fifth and seventh, they had two on with no outs. But they were still blanked for the fourth time in their last 15 games. They’ve already been shut out more in 27 games this year than all of either 2006 or 2007.

The Phillies were 2 for 17 with runners on base Wednesday night and 3 for 25 in the two-game series. They were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position in the two games.

This is the first time since 1997 the Phillies have been shut out at least four times in their first 28 games.

Stat-o-holic
Bauer is the first pitcher to walk six batters vs. the Phillies without allowing a run since Jorge Sosa on Sept. 20, 2005 in a 4-1 Braves’ win. The last pitcher to walk six in five or fewer innings against the Phillies without allowing a run was Rex Barney of the Brooklyn Dodgers on May 2, 1948, in a 9-6 Dodgers’ win at Shibe Park.

Red hot
Has anybody ever been hotter than Ryan Raburn? The Indians’ rightfielder had four hits for the second time in three days. He was 7 for 9 in the series, and he’s 11 for 13 in his last three games, raising his average from .214 to .364.

Raburn is the first Indian with three or more hits in three straight games since Victor Martinez did it from Aug. 24 through Aug. 26, 2005.

Did you know?
When Jimmy Rollins was thrown out by Yan Gomes trying to steal second in the first inning, it was only the 14th time in the last four years he was thrown out. He’s now 80 for 95 since the start of 2010. Rollins’ career 82.9 percent success rate is seventh best in major-league history (minimum 200 attempts).

At the plate
The top five in the Phillies’ order were a combined 0 for 16. The Phils got a leadoff walk in four of the first five innings but couldn’t score.

Carlos Ruiz struck out three times for only the third time in 736 career games. He’s 1 for 12 since returning from his suspension. Ryan Howard went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 11 games.

Domonic Brown had two of the Phils’ three hits, and Ben Revere had the other.

Starting pitching report
Lee has now allowed 12 earned runs and 26 hits in his last three starts (6.00 ERA). In his first three starts, he allowed five earned and 15 hits in 23 2/3 innings (1.90).

Bauer needed 93 pitches to get through five innings. He walked six, including four leading off an inning, and struck out five and allowed just one hit, Brown’s fourth-inning single.

Bullpen update
Jeremy Horst pitched the seventh, allowing four hits but just one run. Phillippe Aumont allowed two base runners in the eighth but didn’t give up a run.

For the Indians, Bryan Shaw, Rich Hill, Joe Smith and Cody Allen combined on four innings of two-hit relief.

In the field
Laynce Nix made a tremendous play in right field to rob Drew Stubbs of a fourth-inning homer. Nix leaped high with his back to the wall and snagged the ball before it sailed over the fence.

Raburn made a terrific leaping catch in right field in the top of the fourth to rob Howard of what would have likely been a double off the very top of the wall. Raburn then laughed as he stood and watched the replay on the huge screen in center field.

What’s next
The Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park for three games against the Marlins.

Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35) faces Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82) Friday and it’s Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.78) vs. Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50) Saturday. On Sunday, Roy Halladay (2-2, 5.08) pitches against Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.43).

Best of MLB: Nolan Arenado racks up 3 HRs, 7 RBIs in Rockies' win

Best of MLB: Nolan Arenado racks up 3 HRs, 7 RBIs in Rockies' win

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado lined three homers as part of his five-hit afternoon and tied a career-high with seven RBIs, helping the Colorado Rockies complete a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres with an 18-4 victory Wednesday.

Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon also homered on a scorching day when the Rockies had a season-high 21 hits. Gerardo Parra ran his streak of reaching base to 10 straight plate appearances over three games before flying out in the fifth. He finished with four singles.

Arenado had a pair of RBI singles to start the game, followed by solo shots in the fourth and fifth innings, and a three-run homer in the sixth. He had a chance at a fourth homer in the eighth and lined out to left.

Jon Gray (3-1) kept the Padres in check until running out of steam. The right-hander allowed all four of his runs in the sixth -- his last inning of work.

Padres starter Clayton Richard (5-10) lasted just 3 2/3 innings and gave up 11 runs, 10 earned, inflating his ERA from 4.75 to 5.35. He also matched a team record by allowing 14 hits (see full recap).

Posey’s pinch hit lifts Giants over Indians
SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey pinch hit a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Wednesday.

Posey, on a scheduled rest day, doubled off the wall on a 3-2 slider on the seventh offering from Indians reliever Bryan Shaw (2-4).

Indians first baseman Carlos Santana booted an infield grounder that figured prominently in the three-run rally.

With two aboard and one out, Conor Gillaspie hit a ground ball that skipped through Santana's legs. Brandon Belt, who drew a one-out walk off Boone Logan, scored and Brandon Crawford went to third.

Posey's hit scored Crawford and Gillaspie to make it 5-4.

The Indians lost for the sixth time in seven games as they concluded a 1-5 West Coast trip. The American League Central front-runners fell to 4-13 in interleague and are winless in six interleague series (see full recap).

Pitcher Montgomery hits 1st HR as Cubs beat Braves 
ATLANTA -- Mike Montgomery hit his first home run and allowed two hits and one run in six innings to lead the streaking Chicago Cubs to an 8-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Javier Baez hit a three-run homer in the eighth for Chicago, which stretched its season-best winning streak to six games since the All-Star break. The Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Braves.

Kris Bryant, the Cubs' 2016 NL MVP, left the game with a sprained left little finger in the first inning. The team said X-rays were negative and his status is day to day.

Tommy La Stella, who replaced Bryant, also homered and Addison Russell drove in two runs with four hits, including two doubles (see full recap).

Giancarlo Stanton embarrassed after Phillies take series from Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton embarrassed after Phillies take series from Marlins

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MIAMI — The Phillies don’t get much respect, certainly not from the best home run slugger in the National League.

The Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins, 10-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park (see Instant Replay). The Phillies set a season high with 20 hits and took just their third road series of the season.

Seven Phillies hitters had multiple hits. Leftfielder Daniel Nava went 4 for 5 with two RBIs. And rookie rightfielder Nick Williams continued to rake, producing the first two triples of his career.

“It was a lot of fun,” Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph, who went 3 for 6, said. “Double-digit runs, 20 hits — that’s good for every offensive player here.”

Marlins rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who went deep again and tied Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees for the major-league home run lead with 30, was clearly frustrated that his team dropped two of three games to the 32-61 Phillies.

“If you can’t win a series against the worst team in the league, then there’s not much going for you,” Stanton said after his Marlins dropped to 42-51.

Stanton hit four homers in this series, three of them that went longer than 435 feet. But the Phillies were able to neutralize most of the rest of the Miami lineup.

“If [my homers] aren’t enough to help us win, then personal stuff doesn’t matter,” Stanton said. “I’ve had enough personal stuff. If we don’t win, it’s not that fun.”

One series is not enough to totally change a team’s outlook, but the Phillies leave Miami feeling encouraged.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said third baseman Maikel Franco changed his approach this week, starting with batting practice before Tuesday’s game, leveling off his swing.

The results, in two subsequent games, were impressive as Franco went 5 for 9 with two doubles, one game-winning homer and four RBIs.

“I’m real excited about Franco’s approach,” Mackanin said. “The past couple days, he has really got a great swing. You can see the results he got today. I think he will stick with it. I foresee a big second half for him.”

The Phillies' surge this weekend coincided with the return of leadoff batter Cesar Hernandez.

Mackanin compared Hernandez’s impact on his team to what Matt Kemp did for the Atlanta Braves last year.

“It’s nice to have a prototypical leadoff hitter,” Mackanin said of Hernandez, who went 3 for 6 on Wednesday. “If you insert one hitter in a lineup, it can change the whole complexion.”

Williams, inserted into the three-hole of the batting order on Tuesday and kept there on Wednesday, is also making an impact.

He has 11 RBIs in his past six games. He has four consecutive multi-hit games, and he hit .440 on this road trip.

In addition, he is the first Phillies rookie to hit two triples in a game since Jimmy Rollins in 2001.

Mackanin said he didn’t want to say much more about Williams, who has received hype of late.

“I don’t want to jinx it,” Mackanin said.

Williams, meanwhile, comes across as very humble and quiet.

He said after Wednesday’s game that hitting third is not even something he was doing in the minors this season.

Getting mentioned in the same sentence with Rollins left Williams nearly at a loss for words.

“He’s a legend,” Williams said of Rollins. “He’s an amazing player. … That’s awesome. It’s crazy.”

The same can be said about the turnaround by the Phillies' offense this week, much to the disgust of Giancarlo Stanton.