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Sunday, May 20, 2018 1:00 am


Herrera extends on-base streak

Associated Press

Odubel Herrera has been finding his way on base all season for the Phillies.

On Saturday, he propelled them to a win with a homer and three RBIs in Philadelphia's 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

“I'm feeling good, feeling comfortable,” Herrera said. “Just being part of the team and being part of the win.”

He extended his streak of reaching base to 45 consecutive games with his third inning home run.

Jorge Alfaro pinch hit for Andrew Knapp in the eighth inning and knocked a single up the middle to drive in Scott Kingery for the game-winning run. Alfaro was scratched with right knee soreness after originally being in the lineup. He was removed from Friday night's game with soreness in the knee.

Greg Holland (0-2) surrendered two runs on two hits and a walk while getting just two outs.

“I felt like I've spun the ball well here recently,” Holland said. “It's just putting together 15 good pitches in a row has kind of eluded me.”

Tommy Hunter (1-0) was initially in line for the loss after allowing an RBI double to Matt Carpenter in the seventh inning. Carpenter drove in Tommy Pham with a double off Hunter to give the Cardinals a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning.

Seranthony Dominguez pitched two perfect innings for his first career save.

“Seranthony was tremendous in the eighth and ninth,” Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said. “We thought that was the right spot for him.”

The Phillies surrendered a pair of leads before breaking through for good in the eighth inning to put themselves in position to win their first series against the Cardinals since August 22-24, 2014. 

PADRES 6, PIRATES 2: In Pittsburgh, Clayton Richard allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings and Christian Villanueva homered and drove in two runs for San Diego Padres. Richard (3-5) pitched into the eighth inning for a third straight start after allowing a combined five runs and 12 hits in his previous two. The left-hander gave up seven hits with two strikeouts, and had 65 strikes on 84 pitches. The Padres have won two straight games and three of their past four.


RANGERS 12, WHITE SOX 5: In Chicago, Shin-Soo Choo hit his first grand slam in eight years to lead Texas. Choo made it 9-3 with his drive against reliever Chris Volstad in a five-run third inning. He also singled and scored in the fourth and walked twice. Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo each drove in three runs for Texas. Jesse Chavez (2-0) and two other relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

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