Pete Mackanin admonishes Edubray Ramos, hopes Odubel Herrera's bat filps don't cause incident

Pete Mackanin admonishes Edubray Ramos, hopes Odubel Herrera's bat filps don't cause incident

As promised, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin spoke with reliever Edubray Ramos on Tuesday afternoon, the day after the right-hander buzzed a 96-mph fastball over the head of the Mets' Asbrubal Cabrera in the eighth inning of a tie game.

Ramos assured Mackanin that he did not do it intentionally.

"I'll take him at his word," Mackanin said.

Ramos and Cabrera have some history. Back in September, Ramos gave up a three-run, walk-off homer to Cabrera in a 9-8 Phillies' loss in 11 innings in New York. Cabrera celebrated the game-inning poke with a big bat flip. Ramos admitted after Monday night's game that he remembered Cabrera's celebration and did not like it at the time.

But he insisted it had nothing to do with the pitch "that got" away Monday night.

Cabrera got the last laugh Monday night. He ended up drawing a walk and scored when Jay Bruce belted a decisive two-run homer two batters later.

After the game, Mackanin said Ramos had acted "inappropriately, especially in a tie game in the eighth inning."

Ramos is from Venezuela and English is his second language. Mackanin had third-base coach Juan Samuel, a native of the Dominican Republic, sit in on his meeting with Ramos, just to make sure his message was delivered.

The Ramos-Cabrera incident Monday night set up an interesting subplot for Tuesday night's game. Would there be any carryover of bad blood? Mackanin actually held a brief team meeting Tuesday afternoon in which he covered several topics. One of them was reminding his team to play ball.

But one still had to wonder if the Mets would retaliate. After all, this all started with a bat flip that a Phillies pitcher apparently did not like, and the Phillies have a big-time bat flipper on their roster in Odubel Herrera.

Mackanin does not like bat flips and does not believe they have a place in the game. He has spoken to Herrera, but Herrera continues to launch.

"I know there’s a big contingent of people that think it’s fun, let the players enjoy it," Mackanin said. "But if I’m a pitcher on the mound and I’m trying to make a team or stay on a team or not get sent down, I don’t want somebody rubbing it in when a guy hits a home run off me. Fans might like to see it, I guess, but for me it’s just unprofessional.

"Odubel has been spoken to many times. The one thing I will say: I don’t like when players flip the bat on a home run, but how can you be mad at a guy that when he walks he flips the bat? I don’t see why you get mad at that."

Mackanin believes Herrera can one day win a batting title. But you can't win a batting title on the disabled list and there has to be a fear that some pitcher might drill Herrera (and cause an injury) in retaliation for one of his bat flips.

Mackanin was asked if he worries about that.

"We saw it happen last year," Mackanin said. "He was drilled a half dozen times last year. He is who he is and he’s been spoken to about that, and told to be careful about that type of thing. But once again, you can only do so much, if that’s who he is and who he wants to be, then he has to suffer the consequences."

Best of MLB: Pirates spoil Rich Hill's no-hitter with walk-off HR in 10th inning

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Best of MLB: Pirates spoil Rich Hill's no-hitter with walk-off HR in 10th inning

PITTSBURGH -- Dodgers lefty Rich Hill lost his perfect game on an error in the ninth inning, then lost his no-hitter on a leadoff home run in the 10th by Josh Harrison that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates over Los Angeles 1-0 Wednesday night.

Hill became the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1995 to take a no-hit try into extra innings.

The Pirates didn't have a runner until Jordy Mercer led off the ninth with a sharp grounder that third baseman Logan Forsythe misplayed for an error. Hill retired the next three batters.

Hill (9-5) came back out for the 10th and Harrison sent his 99th pitch of the night into the first row of seats in left field, just out of the reach of Los Angeles leftfielder Curtis Granderson. Hill struck out 10 without a walk.

Juan Nicasio (2-5) picked up the win after working the top of the 10th (see full recap).

Orioles regroup after Britton’s save streak ends at 60
BALTIMORE -- Zach Britton's AL-record run of converting 60 straight save attempts ended amid the evening shadows of Camden Yards, when the Orioles closer blew a two-run lead and failed to get out of the ninth inning in a game Baltimore ultimately won in the 12th, 8-7 over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

Baltimore led 7-5 heading into the ninth when Britton entered to seal the victory, just as he had been doing successfully since the final days of the 2015 season. On this occasion, however, the left-hander gave up three straight hits before a sacrifice fly by Matt Joyce tied it.

Following a walk to Khris Davis, Britton was replaced by Miguel Castro (3-1), who quelled the uprising.

Manny Machado led off the 12th with a home run off Simon Castro (1-2) to end a game that lasted 4 hours, 20 minutes.

Britton's streak began on Oct. 1, 2015, extended through all of last season and went for 11 more saves this year. He had not blown a save since Sept. 20, 2015, at Tampa Bay.

Britton finished well short of Eric Gagne's major league mark of 84, set from 2002-04 (see full recap).

Schwarber, Cubs continue surge with win over Reds
CINCINNATI -- Kyle Schwarber hit a three-run homer in the ballpark near his home, Tommy La Stella added a two-run shot while subbing for Kris Bryant, and the Chicago Cubs kept their second-half surge going with a 9-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

The defending World Series champions have won eight of 10. They are 11 games over .500 for the first time this season and have their biggest lead in the NL Central, 3 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee.

Left-hander Mike Montgomery (4-6) allowed four hits in six shutout innings, filling in for Jon Lester in the rotation. Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler homered in the ninth for the Reds (see full recap).

Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Marlins 0

Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Marlins 0

BOX SCORE

A trio of rookies stepped up and led the Phillies to an 8-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

Mark Leiter Jr. spun a gem on the mound, Nick Williams reached base three times and scored three runs and Rhys Hoskins drove in five runs with a homer and a double.

One night earlier, the Marlins pounded out 27 hits and scored 19 runs in sweeping a doubleheader from the Phillies.

The shutout was the Phillies' fourth of the season. Their majors-worst record stands at 46-79.

Starting pitching report
In his fifth big-league start, Leiter pitched seven shutout innings. He held the Marlins hitless for the first five innings. The only hit he gave up was a leadoff double to Miguel Rojas in the sixth. Leiter then got three quick outs. The 26-year-old right-hander walked two and struck out five. All of the strikeouts came in the first two innings.

Marlins lefty Justin Nicolino was tagged for eight hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Bullpen report
Luis Garcia and Hector Neris completed the shutout.

At the plate
The Phillies had 11 hits.

Williams singled with two outs in the first inning and scored on an RBI double by Tommy Joseph. The Phillies hit for the cycle in the third inning and scored five runs. Freddy Galvis and Jorge Alfaro had RBI hits. Hoskins had the big blow, a three-run homer into the second deck above left field. Three innings later, Hoskins smacked a two-run double with two outs. He has seven homers and 16 RBIs since joining the club. All of the homers have come in the last 10 games.

The Marlins had just two hits.

Transaction
The Phillies added right-hander Drew Anderson from Triple A Lehigh Valley as bullpen insurance. He will likely return to Triple A on Thursday. Outfielder Cameron Perkins was sent to Triple A.

The Phillies signed veteran pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a minor-league contract. He is scheduled to pitch Friday for Lehigh Valley.

Up next
The series concludes on Thursday afternoon. Jake Thompson (1-1, 4.20) will be added to the roster and pitch for the Phillies against Marlins right-hander and former Phillie Vance Worley (2-3, 4.82).

The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs comes to town to start a three-game series on Friday night.