Phillies keep giving their fans reasons to boo

Rhys Hoskins kept Phillies fans booing when he dropped a routine throw at first base in the ninth, turning what appeared to be an inning-ending double play into the go-ahead run for the Pirates during a 5-4 win in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

After two one-out walks by Hector Neris (2-5), Kevin Newman hit a grounder to second baseman Cesar Hernandez that could’ve let the Phillies escape.

Hernandez flipped to Jean Segura for a force at second, and the shortstop threw a strike to Hoskins. But the struggling Sacramento State alum, who’s hitting .166 since the All-Star break, seemed to close his mitt too early and the ball smacked off the leather and rolled away.

Adam Frazier scrambled home to score the tie-breaking run in stunning fashion.

Sean Rodriguez provoked the ire of Phillies fans a day after he won a game with a home run and blasted the crowd for booing. On Tuesday, Rodriguez was booed during introductions and each at-bat. He did hear cheers after his first at-bat — he was hit by a pitch. He was booed even after he doubled in the fourth.

Rodriguez ripped the fans after he led off the 11th inning with a homer Monday to beat the Pirates 6-5.

“I’m not the one saying pretty disgusting things at times. That seems pretty entitled,” he said.

“I don’t think our fans are entitled,” Phils manager Gabe Kapler said. “What they’re entitled to do is feel how they feel and express themselves accordingly.”

Cubs 5, Mets 2: Yu Darvish pitched eight stellar innings, Javier Baez homered and drove in three runs, and visiting Chicago took the opener of a key three-game series in the NL wild-card race.

Cardinals 6, Brewers 3: In a rain-delayed game in Milwaukee, Yadier Molina hit two home runs and NL Central-leading St. Louis matched a season high with its sixth straight win.

Orioles 2, Nationals 0: Former A’s pitcher Aaron Brooks threw six innings of two-hit ball as visiting Baltimore shut down Washington, which came in averaging 9 ½ runs over its past 11 games.

Indians 10, Tigers 1: Franmil Reyes hit a three-run homer to highlight a six-run seventh inning for visiting Cleveland.

Astros 15, Rays 1: Rookie Yordan Alvarez homered twice as host Houston jumped on ex-teammate Charlie Morton. Up 9-0, Justin Verlander was ejected in the sixth when he thought he struck out Tommy Pham, who doubled on the next pitch. That prompted Verlander’s ejection after he yelled at plate umpire Pat Hoberg.

Twins 3, White Sox 1: In Chicago, Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Schoop hit solo homers in the second inning for Minnesota.

Yankees 7, Mariners 0: In Seattle, Yusei Kikuchi stumbled against countryman Masahiro Tanaka, giving up two homers and five runs to New York. Tanaka pitched seven shutout innings.

Blue Jays 3, Braves 1: Justin Smoak homered, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had two hits and an RBI for host Toronto.

Reds 8, Marlins 5: Curt Casali homered and drove in three runs, helping Luis Castillo and visiting Cincinnati beat Miami.

Red Sox 10, Rockies 6: In Denver, Jackie Bradley Jr. opened Boston’s three-homer night with a solo shot into the third deck. Christian Vazquez and Xander Bogaerts also hit home runs.

Angels 5, Rangers 2: Kole Calhoun hit a two-run, go-ahead double to key a four-run seventh inning for host Los Angeles.

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