Franco, Hoskins lead Phillies over Tigers 7-3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco hit a bases-clearing double in the seventh, Rhys Hoskins homered and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Wednesday night.
Aaron Nola pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball, helping the Phillies earn a split of their two-game interleague series. The ace right-hander allowed seven hits and struck out six.
NL East-leading Philadelphia had scored one run or less in five of the previous nine games and had a tough time against Tigers starter Daniel Norris, who gave up one run and five hits in five innings.
But the offense tagged Detroit’s bullpen for six runs in two innings.
After Ronny Rodriguez gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the seventh with an RBI single off Seranthony Dominguez (2-0), the Phillies answered in the bottom half. J.T. Realmuto hit a one-out double to right off Buck Farmer (1-2) and Sean Rodriguez was hit by a pitch on his hand. Daniel Stumpf entered and Cesar Hernandez singled to load the bases.
Franco then ripped a liner to right-center off Victor Alcantara to put Philadelphia ahead 4-2. Franco, who has primarily batted out of the eighth spot in the lineup, is tied with Hoskins for the team lead with 25 RBIs.
Andrew McCutchen’s RBI single extended the lead to 5-2.
Jordy Mercer homered against Pat Neshek in the eighth to cut it to 5-3. Hoskins connected off Zac Reininger in the bottom half and Phil Gosselin capped the scoring with a pinch-hit RBI double.
Hernandez’s RBI single in the second gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead.
Jacoby Jones hit an RBI single on Nola’s 100th and final pitch to tie it at 1. Nola took a four-hitter into the sixth before running into trouble.
Tigers: An MRI on second baseman Josh Harrison’s left shoulder was negative. Harrison was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
Phillies: Rodriguez left the game after he was hit. … Infielder Scott Kingery started running Wednesday. He has been on the injury list with a right hamstring strain since April 20.
Tigers: Following an off day, LHP Matthew Boyd (2-2, 3.13 ERA) takes the mound Friday night at home against Kansas City to begin a six-game homestand. RHP Jorge Lopez (0-2, 5.08 ERA) pitches for the Royals in the opener of a three-game set.
Phillies: After a day off, RHP Jerad Eickhoff (1-1, 2.12 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series against the Nationals on Friday night. RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 5.82 ERA) goes for Washington.