BALTIMORE — Jorge Alfaro homered and drove in three runs, Nick Pivetta took a three-hitter into the seventh inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 Thursday night.
Making the most of a one-day stay in Baltimore, the Phillies got 12 hits off Kevin Gausman (4-7) while building a 5-0 lead against the team with the worst record in the majors.
Alfaro, the No. 9 hitter, singled and scored in the third inning, hit a two-run double in the fourth and led off the fifth with his sixth home run.
Homers by Trey Mancini and Jace Peterson brought the Orioles within a run, but Philadelphia held on to move a half-game ahead of second-place Atlanta in the NL East.
The game was the makeup of a May 15 rainout, originally the opener of a two-game series. On May 16, Pivetta allowed two hits and struck out 11 over seven innings.
This time, the 6-foot-5 righty had a no-hitter through four innings and finished with seven strikeouts. Pivetta (6-7) gave up three runs and five hits before being pulled with two outs in the seventh.
Seranthony Rodriguez worked the ninth for his ninth save.
Gausman yielded a single to Cesar Hernandez to open the game, and the hits kept on coming for the Phillies. Gausman allowed a career-high 12 hits over five-plus innings.
Baltimore used some slick fielding to avoid falling behind in the second inning. After Scott Kingery hit a two-out double, third baseman Tim Beckham dived over the foul line to snare a grounder by Aaron Altherr, scrambled to his feet and threw out the runner.
The Phillies arrived in Baltimore around 3 a.m. after losing to the Mets on Wednesday night. After facing the Orioles, they were to fly to Miami for a Friday night game.
“It’s part of being in the major leagues,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “Who can manage those challenging road trips best.”
Baltimore, on the other hand, merely added a game to a homestand that started Monday and ends Sunday.
“It fit well for us,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sports news