Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper blasted a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning, capping a six-run rally that gave the host Phillies a 7-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday for a three-game sweep.
Harper delivered his biggest hit yet in his first season with the Phillies, celebrating while running around the bases and then getting mobbed by teammates at the plate.
“Before I went to the plate, I touched my heart and I was thinking to myself: Why am I not jittery? Why am I not excited? But that’s just how I am,” Harper said. “I go up there and each at-bat is the same. I don’t think about bases loaded. I try to get a pitch I can drive and hopefully good things happen. I love those moments. I love those opportunities.”
Cubs starter Yu Darvish struck out 10, silencing Philadelphia’s bats for seven innings a night after the Phillies scored 11 runs in former manager Charlie Manuel’s debut as hitting coach.
But the Phillies rallied against Chicago’s bullpen and moved within one game of the Cubs for the second wild-card spot in the NL.
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Pinch-hitter Brad Miller chased Rowan Wick with an RBI single in the ninth that cut the Phillies’ deficit to 5-2 and Roman Quinn greeted Pedro Strop with an RBI single to make it a two-run game. Strop hit Rhys Hoskins to load the bases with one out.
Derek Holland entered to face Harper and got ahead 0-2 in the count. Harper fouled off a 2-2 pitch before launching his 25th homer to right.
“I think everyone who watches baseball expects him to do that every time he’s up,” Phillies starter Drew Smyly said. “He’s fun to watch.”
Indians 19, Yankees 5: Jose Ramirez hit two early home runs, including his first career grand slam in a seven-run opening inning, and visiting Cleveland rolled. Carlos Santana also launched two homers as the Yankees matched a franchise record by serving up seven. Greg Allen and Santana went back-to-back in a five-run eighth against rookie designated hitter Mike Ford, a former Ivy League pitcher and player of the year at Princeton. Every starter for Cleveland had at least two of the team’s 24 hits, its most since piling up 25 in April 2009 at Yankee Stadium.
Marlins 13, Dodgers 7: Lewis Brinson, Brian Anderson, Starlin Castro and Jorge Alfaro each had three RBIs as host Miami won despite allowing four home runs, including Cody Bellinger’s 40th. The Dodgers hit 14 homers in Miami, a franchise record for a three-game series. They also are the first team with at least four in four straight games in major-league history.
Mets 10, Braves 8: Pete Alonso drove in six runs with five hits, including a three-run homer that made a splash landing in the pool behind the center-field wall in Atlanta. Alonso’s 39th homer tied Bellinger’s NL rookie record set in 2017, the same year the Yankees’ Aaron Judge set the major-league rookie mark with 52.
Twins 13, Rangers 6: Luis Arraez, Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario homered to help visiting Minnesota win to maintain a half-game lead over Cleveland for the AL Central lead. With 41 games left in the regular season, the Twins’ 236 homers are 31 short of the MLB record set by the Yankees last year.
Reds 2, Cardinals 1: Sonny Gray struck out 10 in five scoreless innings and combined with four relievers on a two-hitter as host Cincinnati ended a four-game losing streak.
Mariners 7, Tigers 2: Kyle Seager homered and drove in three runs for visiting Seattle.
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