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: Matt Kemp walk-off HR lifts Braves over Giants

Best of MLB: Matt Kemp walk-off HR lifts Braves over Giants

ATLANTA -- Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer off Cory Gearrin in the 11th inning to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

The homer, the third of the game for Atlanta, was Kemp's seventh game-ending shot of his career.

Gearrin (1-2) walked Nick Markakis with one out before Kemp's homer barely cleared the right field wall..

Matt Adams hit a two-run homer and Tyler Flowers also homered off Jeff Samardzija.

Braves Sean Newcomb, who gave up one run in six innings, was denied his first win when Hunter Pence's homer off Braves closer Jim Johnson tied the game at 3-3 in the ninth. It was Johnson's fifth blown save in 18 chances (see full recap).

Diamondbacks ride 10-run 4th inning to victory
DENVER -- Taijuan Walker pitched six solid innings and slapped an RBI single during Arizona's biggest inning ever on the road -- a 10-run fourth -- and the Diamondbacks went on to beat the Colorado Rockies 16-5 on Wednesday night.

Shaking off Tuesday's tough loss in which Colorado rallied late for a one-run win, the Diamondbacks sent 14 men to the plate and pounded out nine hits, including a two-run double and RBI single by Brandon Drury in his two at-bats in the inning. Drury finished with four hits and career-high six RBIs and the Diamondbacks established season highs in run and hits (20).

David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt also connected for two hits in the inning and combined for three RBIs, helping the Diamondbacks snap the Rockies' winning streak at six games and setting up Thursday's match between the NL West rivals as the decisive game in the series (see full recap).

Royals rally past Red Sox on Perez grand slam
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez hit his first career grand slam, connecting in the eighth inning to rally the Kansas City Royals over the Boston Red Sox 6-4 Wednesday.

The Royals have won nine of 11 and moved within a game of .500.

Perez homered over the Kansas City bullpen in left field on the ninth pitch from Robby Scott (0-1). With Boston leading 4-2, reliever Matt Barnes started the inning by walking Jorge Bonifacio and Lorenzo Cain on 12 pitches.

Scott was summoned to face Eric Hosmer, but walked him on four pitches to load the bases for Perez. The All-Star catcher fouled off three full-count deliveries before hitting his 15th home run of the season.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Perez was the first Kansas City player to hit a grand slam in the eighth inning or later with the Royals trailing since Frank White in 1986.

Jorge Soria (3-2) worked a spotless eighth. Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances (see full recap).

Phillies on pace for 111 losses after bizarre late-game bullpen meltdown

Phillies on pace for 111 losses after bizarre late-game bullpen meltdown

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In the big picture — and that's what has really mattered right from the beginning of this season — something quite positive happened for the Phillies on Wednesday night: A young, promising pitcher took a nice step forward and for the second straight start offered hope that he might just be a reliable piece of the rotation when this rebuilding club is ready to be relevant again.

But in the narrow view, it was easy to look right past Nick Pivetta's six innings of three-run, 10-strikeout ball. That's how bad the losing has been. Every night offers a gaper delay on the highway to 100 losses.

Did we say 100?

How about 111? That's the Phillies' current pace after an ugly 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals (see Instant Replay) — and 111 losses would match a franchise high set in 1941 when Doc Prothro's club went 43-111.

It's bad, folks.

But you already knew that.

This one was especially unsightly for how the Phillies lost it. They blew a five-run lead under the weight of a barrage of home runs — two against the bullpen in the eighth and ninth innings — had the potential winning run cut down at the plate by 20 feet in the bottom of the ninth then lost it in the 10th after a troubling meltdown by reliever Edubray Ramos.

You almost had to see it to believe it. And if you didn't see it, don't bother looking for a replay. It will only hurt your eyes.

"We let that five-run lead get away from us," manager Pete Mackanin said. "Real disappointing night. Pivetta did a really good job for us, gave us six good innings. And we had 16 hits; you have to win a game when you get 16 hits. We couldn't push any more runs across until that 10th inning. Very disappointing."

Pivetta — 19 strikeouts in his last two starts — took a 5-0 lead to the mound in the fifth and was tagged for a home run on a 3-2 fastball in that inning. No problem. He issued a two-out walk in the sixth then served up a first-pitch, two-run homer to Jedd Gyorko. Little problem, but not fatal.

Things started to turn bad in the eighth when reliever Joaquin Benoit served up a first-pitch homer to Jose Martinez to make it a one-run game and they got worse when Hector Neris blew his second save in three games when he gave up a game-tying homer to Tommy Pham (his second of the game) on a 1-1 fastball in the ninth.

In the 10th, Ramos gave up a leadoff double to Martinez. The reliever then balked Martinez to third and gifted him home plate on an errant pickoff throw to first base. (It sailed way over Tommy Joseph's head.) The Cards ended up scoring two runs in the frame. The second one came in handy when the Phils pushed across one in the bottom of the inning.

Ramos looks like a pitcher who needs to go to the minors to clear his head. In his last three outings, he has faced eight batters and allowed three hits, three walks and seven runs. He has also committed a costly balk and a costly error, signs that's he becoming a little overwhelmed.

"I don't know what to tell you," Mackanin said. "It looks like he's mixed up or something. He's not the same guy."

Ramos declined to speak with reporters after the game.

But Odubel Herrera and Pat Neshek did agree to chat.

Neshek, the Phillies' best reliever, was conspicuously absent from a close game. He threw 28 pitches Sunday, had a day off Monday and threw 11 on Tuesday. He was not available. What was curious was that Mackanin said Neshek had told him he was sore. Neshek said he never said such a thing, that he showed up to the ballpark and was told he was getting a day off, which he actually thought was a good idea. But sore? Not so, he said.

As for Herrera, he drew attention for running through third base coach Juan Samuel's stop sign in the bottom of the ninth inning and getting nailed at the plate for the final out. Samuel said it was the first time a player had ever run through one of his stop signs. In this case, Herrera almost ran him over.

"It's just bad timing for it," Samuel said.

There was some question as to whether Samuel's stop sign went up too late, but Herrera dismissed that. He said he was simply running with his head down.

"I was playing aggressive," he said. "I wanted to win the game. So when I was rounding third, I put my head down. I kept going to home plate. I saw [the stop sign]. But I saw it late. I put my head down. That's my mistake."

Making a mistake didn't make Herrera unique Wednesday night.

"The mistakes we're making are giving the other team too many pitches to hit," Mackanin said. "Those are our mistakes. Especially late in the game."