Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Indians 2

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Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Indians 2

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The Phillies got some revenge on the Indians two weeks after being pounded in Cleveland with a 6-2 win to open their five-game, all-Ohio homestand.

Jonathan Pettibone gave up two runs in the second inning but cruised thereafter to improve to 3-0 on the season with a 3.41 ERA. The rookie right-hander has made five starts and allowed three runs or fewer in each of them.

The Phils supported Pettibone with runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings. The win improves them to 19-21, the closest they’ve been to .500 since they started last week’s west coast road trip 2-0.  

Starting pitching
Pettibone allowed just two runs and six baserunners over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three. He exited the game with two outs and nobody on in the seventh, at 92 pitches.

Pettibone continues to give the Phillies solid production out of the No. 4 spot in the rotation. He’s kept the Phillies in the game each time he’s taken the hill and the Phils are 4-1 in his starts.

Scott Kazmir (2-2, 5.33) needed 96 pitches to get 15 outs. He allowed four runs over five innings one start after striking out 10 Athletics.

The offense
Kevin Frandsen, starting in place of Chase Utley, homered to left off Kazmir in the first inning to get the scoring started. It was the second straight start Frandsen homered off a lefty. Frandsen was also hit twice, becoming the 100th player in major-league history to homer and be hit by two pitches in the same game. Since the start of 2012, Frandsen has hit .413 with a .625 slugging percentage in 80 at-bats vs. left-handers.

Domonic Brown later lined a homer to left off Kazmir, effectively ending his night. It was Brown’s third homer of the season off a southpaw, and it boosted his season batting average vs. lefties to .314. His work against left-handers has been a tremendous sign.

Batting eighth in place of Ben Revere, John Mayberry doubled in two runs to put the Phillies ahead for good in the fourth. In his first at-bat he singled with two outs to turn the lineup over, which is something the Phillies haven’t done much at all this season. With two outs in an inning, Phillies eight-hole hitters had a .238 on-base percentage entering Tuesday’s game. He ended his productive night with an RBI single in the ninth inning.

Later in the ninth, Freddy Galvis added more insurance with an RBI single. Galvis, who Charlie Manuel said might get some looks in center field (see story), is hitting .294 this season with an impressive .828 OPS.

Bullpen report
Antonio Bastardo finished the seventh inning for Pettibone, but put runners on first and third with one out in the eighth. Without Mike Adams (back spasms), a two-run lead was placed in jeopardy, but a beleaguered Phillies middle relief crew put out the fire. Justin De Fratus got the call against righty Mark Reynolds and popped him up, and Jeremy Horst struck out Michael Brantley to end the threat.

Stranding inherited runners has been a problem for the Phils’ 'pen all season, but with De Fratus in the mix, the Phils appear to have another capable right-hander for late-inning situations. His getting the call in a crucial spot says something about the confidence, or lack thereof, Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee have in Phillippe Aumont and Chad Durbin at this time.

Jonathan Papelbon faced the minimum to finish the game. Papelbon has made 15 straight scoreless appearances since allowing a meaningless two-run homer to Jason Heyward in the second game of the season. His ERA is down to 1.08.

Next up
The brief two-game series concludes tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 p.m. when Cole Hamels (1-5, 4.18) takes on right-hander Corey Kluber (2-2, 5.64).

MLB Notes: Twins-Braves, Royals-Padres make trades

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MLB Notes: Twins-Braves, Royals-Padres make trades

MINNEAPOLIS -- Hoping to bolster their rotation for a playoff run, the Minnesota Twins have acquired veteran left-handed pitcher Jaime García, catcher Anthony Recker and cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves for minor league right-hander Huascar Ynoa.

The 31-year-old García is 66-52 with a 3.65 ERA and 808 strikeouts in 176 appearances, mostly with St. Louis (2008, 2010-16). He missed the 2009 MLB season following Tommy John surgery.

Garcia is 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA, 41 walks and 85 strikeouts in 18 starts for the Braves this year.

While Garcia's numbers don't jump off the page, the Twins were in need of a veteran arm to put into a rotation that has been largely disappointing behind the top two starters, Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios (see full story).

Royals: Cahill, Maurer, Buchter acquired from Padres
DETROIT -- The contending Kansas City Royals have acquired three pitchers from the San Diego Padres, getting starter Trevor Cahill, closer Brandon Maurer and reliever Ryan Buchter.

The Royals sent pitchers Matt Strahm and Travis Wood, minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz and cash to San Diego on Monday. The deal came one week before the nonwaiver trade deadline.

Kansas City began the day tied with Tampa Bay for the second AL wild-card spot and 1 1/2 games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland. The Royals had been looking to bolster their rotation and bullpen, and did it with one swap.

Cahill was 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 starts for the Padres. The 29-year-old right-hander was an All-Star with Oakland in 2010.

Maurer is 20-for-23 on save tries, and 1-4 with a 5.72 ERA. The 27-year-old righty began his big league career with Seattle in 2013 as a starter.

Buchter is 3-3 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 42 games. The 30-year-old lefty pitched 67 times for the Padres last year.

Dodgers: Kershaw lost to DL with back injury
LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw is headed to the disabled list for the second straight summer because of a back injury.

A year after missing 2 1/2 months with a herniated disk in his lower back, Kershaw was pulled from a start Sunday against Atlanta because of lower back tightness. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace exited after two innings in a 5-4, 10-inning victory.

It leaves baseball's top team without its best pitcher. The Dodgers lead the majors with a 68-31 record and are atop the NL West standings by 10 games.

Kershaw was set to meet with a back specialist Sunday evening for tests, although manager Dave Roberts was already sure that Kershaw would be placed on the 10-day DL (see full story).

Mets: Wheeler put on DL because of arm trouble
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have put pitcher Zack Wheeler on the 10-day disabled list because of a stress reaction in his right arm.

The Mets didn't provide a timetable for Wheeler's return. He was on the DL last month with biceps tendinitis and has struggled in four starts since his return.

The team recalled righty Tyler Pill from Triple-A Las Vegas before Monday night's game at San Diego.

Wheeler joins Mets starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Robert Gsellman on the disabled list. Steven Matz and Seth Lugo recently came off the DL and returned to the rotation.

The 27-year-old Wheeler didn't pitch in the majors the past two years after having Tommy John surgery in 2015. He is 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts.

Tonight's lineup: Nick Williams moves up to 3rd for hot-hitting Phillies

Tonight's lineup: Nick Williams moves up to 3rd for hot-hitting Phillies

The hot-hitting Phillies made some minor tweaks to their lineup for Monday's series opener against the American League-beset Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park.

Nick Williams, Odubel Herrera and Tommy Joseph all move up in the lineup with Howie Kendrick getting the day off. Williams will hit third, Herrera moves up to fifth and Joseph will hit sixth. Andrew Knapp is catching and batting seventh. Cameron Perkins is playing left field and batting eighth.

Williams is hitting .309 with four home runs, four doubles, two triples and 15 RBIs in 19 games since being called up from Triple A Lehigh Valley on June 30. He had a two-run homer and another RBI in the Phillies' 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon.

After his 1 for 3 day with an RBI on Sunday, Herrera moves up spot. The centerfielder is hitting .331 with a major-league leading 19 doubles since June 3.

Joseph was 0 for 4 on Sunday with two strikeouts. He hit seventh against the Brewers but will hit sixth tonight.

Vince Velasquez (2-5, 5.14)  is on the mound for the Phillies. He'll be opposed by Brad Peacock (8-1, 2.49).

Here is the Phillies' full lineup:

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1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Odubel Herrera, CF
6. Tommy Joseph, 1B
7. Andrew Knapp, C
8. Cameron Perkins, LF
9. Vince Velasquez, SP

For more on tonight's game, read Corey Seidman's game notes.