Alfaro's 3 RBIs carry 1st-place Phillies past Orioles 5-4

BALTIMORE (AP) Making the most of a one-day stopover in Baltimore, the Philadelphia Phillies won a game scheduled two months earlier and regained sole possession of first place in the NL East.

Jorge Alfaro homered and drove in three runs, Nick Pivetta took a three-hitter into the seventh inning and Philadelphia squeezed past the Orioles 5-4 Thursday night.

The game was the makeup of a May 15 rainout. Coming from New York before heading to Miami, 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.

''There were some tired guys out there, but they grinded it out,'' manager Gabe Kapler said. ''When you're tired, it's very difficult to bring your A game. I'm really proud of our men today.''

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 idle Atlanta.

The day after that May 15 rainout, Pivetta allowed two hits and struck out 11 over seven innings in a 4-1 win at Baltimore.

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.

He got the win, so that made it worth missing a day in the Florida sun.

''It was tough,'' Pivetta said. ''We were supposed to have an off day in Miami today. The guys got in late last night, so it was big for them to come here and win a baseball game.''

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, but manager Buck Showalter insisted the right-hander's performance was better than the numbers indicated.

''It's been a long time since I've seen that many poorly hit balls fall for hits,'' Showalter said. ''I've got no fault with the way Kevin pitched tonight. He deserved a lot better fate.''

The loss dropped the Orioles a whopping 42 games under .500 (26-68), but Showalter appreciated the comeback.

''The baseball gods, so to speak, were not being kind to Kevin and the team,'' the manager said. ''Our guys said the heck with it and battled back and got within a run.''

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.

ONE-GAME SERIES

The Phillies arrived in Baltimore around 3 a.m. after losing to the Mets on Wednesday night. Then, it was on to Miami.

''It's part of being in the major leagues,'' 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,'' Showalter said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner (neck spasms) is expected to resume throwing this week. ''I feel confident that he'll make his in-rotation start after the (All-Star) break,'' Showalter said. ... RHP Darren O'Day underwent season-ending surgery on his left hamstring Thursday. ''Everything went good. No surprises,'' Showalter said.

SOUND ADVICE

Kapler told Rhys Hoskins to do more than simply take his cuts when he makes his first appearance in the annual Home Run Derby contest on Monday night.

''The opportunity to listen,'' Kapler said. ''For me, if I was putting myself in Rhys' shoes, just kind of hanging around the cage, listening to exceptional hitters, some of the best players in baseball, talk.''

UP NEXT

Phillies: Jake Arrieta (6-6, 3.47 ERA) opens against the Marlins on Friday. He picked up his first win since May 29 in his last outing against the Pirates.

Orioles: Alex Cobb (2-11, 6.67 ERA) starts the opener Friday against Texas. He allowed five runs and seven hits in his last start against the Twins before departing in the sixth inning with a blister on his right index finger.

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PHI52-40
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BAL26-68
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  • W: N. Pivetta (6-7)L: K. Gausman (4-7)S: S. Dominguez (9)
  • HR: PHI - J. Alfaro (6), BAL - J. Peterson (3), T. Mancini (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B41300101.269.377.378.7555.0
R. Hoskins DH50100035.254.364.465.829-0.5
O. Herrera CF50100003.277.329.463.7921.0
C. Santana 1B50110004.213.359.408.7672.0
N. Williams LF50110001.252.325.443.7692.0
M. Franco 3B50100003.272.320.459.7791.0
S. Kingery SS41300001.233.280.338.6175.0
A. Altherr RF31000003.169.293.303.5962.0
J. Alfaro C42331000.253.301.398.69912.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Beckham 3B41100001.211.262.296.5583.0
    J. Schoop 2B40000011.224.261.391.652-0.5
    M. Machado SS40210000.316.385.573.9573.0
    A. Jones CF40000012.275.300.422.723-0.5
    C. Davis DH40000032.156.231.277.507-1.5
    M. Trumbo RF41100010.250.311.455.7671.5
    C. Sisco C40100033.195.306.289.595-0.5
    T. Mancini 1B41121003.220.295.370.6657.0
    J. Peterson LF21111101.197.318.348.6677.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Kingery (18), J. Alfaro (12)
      • HR - J. Alfaro (6)
      • RBI - C. Santana (52), N. Williams (34), J. Alfaro 3 (21)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Beckham (7)
      • HR - T. Mancini (12), J. Peterson (3)
      • RBI - M. Machado (64), T. Mancini 2 (26), J. Peterson (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Mancini 2 (10), J. Peterson (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Franco-Hernandez-Santana; Kingery-Hernandez-Santana)
      • E - S. Kingery (9), C. Santana (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Fry-Schoop-Mancini; Machado-Schoop-Mancini; Machado-Schoop-Mancini)
      • E - T. Beckham (6), T. Mancini (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Pivetta (W, 6-7)6.25331714.581.3222.5
      T. Hunter (H, 18)0.11110014.801.50-2.0
      E. Ramos (H, 9)0.21000001.111.08-1.0
      A. Morgan (H, 12)0.10000105.181.600.5
      S. Dominguez (S, 9)1.00000101.600.6510.5
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Pivetta (W, 6-7)6.2
      T. Hunter (H, 18)0.1
      E. Ramos (H, 9)0.2
      A. Morgan (H, 12)0.1
      S. Dominguez (S, 9)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gausman (L, 4-7)5.012551214.331.37-7.0
      P. Fry1.02000001.421.111.0
      M. Castro1.00000003.041.393.0
      T. Scott1.20000105.881.623.5
      B. Brach0.10000004.581.750.0
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gausman (L, 4-7)5.0
      P. Fry1.0
      M. Castro1.0
      T. Scott1.2
      B. Brach0.1
      PITCHING
      • WP - N. Pivetta (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 102-63, T. Hunter 2-2, E. Ramos 9-6, A. Morgan 7-5, S. Dominguez 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 10-3, T. Hunter 1-0, S. Dominguez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 26, T. Hunter 2, E. Ramos 3, A. Morgan, S. Dominguez 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Gausman (6)
      • HBP - K. Gausman (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 99-74, P. Fry 12-10, M. Castro 10-8, T. Scott 17-13, B. Brach 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 8-5, P. Fry 1-1, M. Castro 2-0, T. Scott 3-2, B. Brach 1-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 29, P. Fry 4, M. Castro 2, T. Scott 6, B. Brach
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BAL26-68
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Hernandez 2B41300101.269.377.378.7555.0
      R. Hoskins DH50100035.254.364.465.829-0.5
      O. Herrera CF50100003.277.329.463.7921.0
      C. Santana 1B50110004.213.359.408.7672.0
      N. Williams LF50110001.252.325.443.7692.0
      M. Franco 3B50100003.272.320.459.7791.0
      S. Kingery SS41300001.233.280.338.6175.0
      A. Altherr RF31000003.169.293.303.5962.0
      J. Alfaro C42331000.253.301.398.69912.0
      Total40514511321-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        T. Beckham 3B41100001.211.262.296.5583.0
        J. Schoop 2B40000011.224.261.391.652-0.5
        M. Machado SS40210000.316.385.573.9573.0
        A. Jones CF40000012.275.300.422.723-0.5
        C. Davis DH40000032.156.231.277.507-1.5
        M. Trumbo RF41100010.250.311.455.7671.5
        C. Sisco C40100033.195.306.289.595-0.5
        T. Mancini 1B41121003.220.295.370.6657.0
        J. Peterson LF21111101.197.318.348.6677.0
        Total3447421913-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Kingery (18), J. Alfaro (12)
          • HR - J. Alfaro (6)
          • RBI - C. Santana (52), N. Williams (34), J. Alfaro 3 (21)
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Beckham (7)
          • HR - T. Mancini (12), J. Peterson (3)
          • RBI - M. Machado (64), T. Mancini 2 (26), J. Peterson (19)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Mancini 2 (10), J. Peterson (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Franco-Hernandez-Santana; Kingery-Hernandez-Santana)
          • E - S. Kingery (9), C. Santana (6)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Fry-Schoop-Mancini; Machado-Schoop-Mancini; Machado-Schoop-Mancini)
          • E - T. Beckham (6), T. Mancini (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          N. Pivetta (W, 6-7)6.25331714.581.3222.5
          T. Hunter (H, 18)0.11110014.801.50-2.0
          E. Ramos (H, 9)0.21000001.111.08-1.0
          A. Morgan (H, 12)0.10000105.181.600.5
          S. Dominguez (S, 9)1.00000101.600.6510.5
          Total9.0744192---
          PITCHERSIP
          N. Pivetta (W, 6-7)6.2
          T. Hunter (H, 18)0.1
          E. Ramos (H, 9)0.2
          A. Morgan (H, 12)0.1
          S. Dominguez (S, 9)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gausman (L, 4-7)5.012551214.331.37-7.0
          P. Fry1.02000001.421.111.0
          M. Castro1.00000003.041.393.0
          T. Scott1.20000105.881.623.5
          B. Brach0.10000004.581.750.0
          Total9.01455131---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gausman (L, 4-7)5.0
          P. Fry1.0
          M. Castro1.0
          T. Scott1.2
          B. Brach0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - N. Pivetta (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 102-63, T. Hunter 2-2, E. Ramos 9-6, A. Morgan 7-5, S. Dominguez 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 10-3, T. Hunter 1-0, S. Dominguez 1-1
          • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 26, T. Hunter 2, E. Ramos 3, A. Morgan, S. Dominguez 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - K. Gausman (6)
          • HBP - K. Gausman (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 99-74, P. Fry 12-10, M. Castro 10-8, T. Scott 17-13, B. Brach 4-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 8-5, P. Fry 1-1, M. Castro 2-0, T. Scott 3-2, B. Brach 1-0
          • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 29, P. Fry 4, M. Castro 2, T. Scott 6, B. Brach
          • 7TH INNING
            Peterson homered to right54
            Mancini homered to center, Trumbo scored53
          • 6TH INNING
            Machado reached on an infield single to pitcher, Beckham scored51
            Alfaro homered to center50
          • 4TH INNING
            Alfaro doubled to deep right center, Kingery and Altherr scored40
          • 3RD INNING
            Williams reached on fielder's choice to second, Hernandez scored, Herrera to third, Santana out at second20
            Santana singled to left, Alfaro scored, Hernandez to third, Herrera to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • T. Scott Pitching:
            • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Herrera grounded out to second
            • C. Santana: Santana safe at first on 1st baseman Mancini fielding error
            • N. Williams: Ball, Foul, Williams lined out to right
            • Brad Brach relieved Tanner Scott
            • M. Franco: Foul, Foul, Ball, Franco grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Seranthony Dominguez relieved Adam Morgan
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Trumbo grounded out to first
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mancini popped out to first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tanner Scott relieved Miguel Castro
            • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Alfaro safe at first on 3rd baseman Beckham fielding error
            • C. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Alfaro out at second
            • R. Hoskins: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
            • Edubray Ramos relieved Tommy Hunter
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Schoop flied out to deep center
            • M. Machado: Ball, Machado singled to left center
            • A. Jones: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones flied out to center
            • Adam Morgan relieved Edubray Ramos
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • P. Fry Pitching:
            • N. Williams: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Williams singled to left center
            • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Franco singled to left, Williams to second
            • Miguel Castro relieved Paul Fry
            • S. Kingery: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kingery reached on fielder's choice to first, Williams to third, Franco out at second
            • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Altherr grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Kingery out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Pivetta Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Trumbo: Trumbo singled to left
            • C. Sisco: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Sisco struck out looking
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Mancini homered to center, Trumbo scored
            • Tommy Hunter relieved Nick Pivetta
            • J. Peterson: Peterson homered to right
            • T. Beckham: Beckham grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • J. Alfaro: Alfaro homered to center
            • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Hoskins singled to left center, Hernandez to second
            • Paul Fry relieved Kevin Gausman
            • O. Herrera: Herrera lined out to left
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Hoskins out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Pivetta Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beckham doubled to left center
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Schoop grounded out to shortstop, Beckham to third
            • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Machado reached on an infield single to pitcher, Beckham scored
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jones grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Machado out at second
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • N. Williams: Ball, Strike swinging, Williams flied out to shallow left
            • M. Franco: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Franco grounded out to third
            • S. Kingery: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kingery singled to shallow right center
            • A. Altherr: Ball, Strike looking, Altherr grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Pivetta Pitching:
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Sisco singled to left
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mancini fouled out to catcher
            • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Peterson lined out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingery singled to shallow right center
            • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Altherr hit by pitch, Kingery to second
            • J. Alfaro: Ball, Ball, Kingery to third, Altherr to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Alfaro doubled to deep right center, Kingery and Altherr scored
            • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
            • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Hoskins struck out on foul tip
            • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera grounded out to first, Alfaro to third, Hernandez to second
            • C. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Pivetta Pitching:
            • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Machado grounded out to third
            • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • C. Davis: Ball, Davis grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • J. Alfaro: Alfaro singled to right center
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez singled to left center, Alfaro to second
            • R. Hoskins: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hoskins popped out to second
            • O. Herrera: Herrera reached on an infield single to pitcher, Alfaro to third, Hernandez to second
            • C. Santana: Santana singled to left, Alfaro scored, Hernandez to third, Herrera to second
            • N. Williams: Strike (foul tip), Williams reached on fielder's choice to second, Hernandez scored, Herrera to third, Santana out at second
            • M. Franco: Franco lined out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Pivetta Pitching:
            • J. Peterson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Peterson walked
            • T. Beckham: Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Beckham grounded into double play third to second to first, Peterson out at second
            • J. Schoop: Schoop grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • N. Williams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williams lined out to third
            • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Franco grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery doubled to shallow right
            • A. Altherr: Altherr grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Pivetta Pitching:
            • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Jones safe at first on 1st baseman Santana fielding error
            • C. Davis: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Trumbo: Strike swinging, Trumbo reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Jones to third on shortstop Kingery fielding error
            • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Trumbo to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mancini grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • K. Gausman Pitching:
            • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hernandez singled to right
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
            • O. Herrera: Herrera flied out to left
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Pivetta Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Beckham lined out to center
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Machado grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)