Kelly's pinch-hit leads Phillies past Sale, Red Sox 1-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Pivetta figured that if the Phillies were going to end their losing streak he needed to keep up with Boston ace Chris Sale.

Pivetta did just that with the best performance of his young career in a pitchers' duel with Sale. Pinch-hitter Ty Kelly doubled home the only run in the eighth inning to lead the Phillies to a 1-0 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night.

''It was the first time I faced a guy like that,'' Pivetta said. ''It was really exciting. I tried to go toe to toe with him and stay with him as much as I can.''

Sale (8-3) was cruising until a one-out single by Andrew Knapp set the stage for Kelly's game-winning hit that ended the Phillies' eight-game losing streak. Kelly lined a slider into the left-field corner. Andrew Benintendi's throw sailed over the cutoff man and was a tad late, allowing Knapp to score from first for the only run of the game.

Kelly said the hit was in the top five moments of his big league career.

''It feels good,'' he said. ''Maybe more of my friends will text me tonight.''

Sale allowed four hits with 10 strikeouts, upping his major league-leading total to 136. It was his 44th career double-digit strikeout game and ninth this season.

''He was outstanding once again,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''He's one of the best pitchers in baseball.''

Said Sale, ''It was fun, but I would have liked to have gotten the win.''

Pat Neshek (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Pivetta and Hector Neris earned his sixth save in seven tries with a scoreless ninth to help Philadelphia win its first interleague game of the season.

''That was nice to see,'' Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.

The Phillies salvaged a game in the four-game home and home series with the Red Sox to improve to 1-8 in interleague games.

Pivetta went past the fifth inning for the first time in his seventh start. He allowed four hits in seven innings and nearly matched Sale with nine strikeouts against two walks.

''He just pounded the strike zone,'' Mackanin said. ''He didn't get in trouble and start nitpicking.''

The Red Sox threatened in the eighth against Neshek when Sale led off with a double, his first career extra-base hit that drew the large contingent of visiting Red Sox fans to their feet. Sale went to third on Mookie Betts' lineout to right field, but Neshek struck out Dustin Pedroia and got Xander Bogaerts to pop out in foul territory to first baseman Tommy Joseph to end the threat.

STREAK CONTINUED

Joseph singled in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Joseph is batting .364 with four doubles, a homer and seven RBIs over the stretch.

STREAK STOPPED

Pedroia finished 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, ending his streak of five straight multi-hit games.

RARE FEAT

Sale became just the fifth Boston pitcher to record an extra-base hit, joining Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Derek Lowe and Jake Peavy.

NO EMERGENCY

The game continued in the fifth inning despite a fire alarm that rang loudly throughout the stadium and a message on the scoreboard that asked fans to leave the ballpark. The alarm stopped just before Sale struck out Daniel Nava for the first out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland returned after he was out of the lineup on Wednesday after getting hit by a pitch on the left foot in Tuesday's game against Philadelphia. ... RHP Tyler Thornburg will undergo season-ending surgery on Friday for thoracic outlet syndrome. Thornburg hasn't pitched all season after feeling discomfort in his throwing shoulder this spring. ... RHP Carson Smith will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday at Triple-A Pawtucket. Smith hasn't pitched this year after having Tommy John surgery last season.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (6-4, 4.48) pitches for Boston against Astros RHP Mike Fiers (4-2, 4.29) on Friday night in the first of a three-game set in Houston.

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (3-4, 4.40) opens a three-game home series against Arizona on Friday night. LHP Patrick Corbin (5-6, 5.38) goes for the Diamondbacks.

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  • W: P. Neshek (2-1)L: C. Sale (8-3)S: H. Neris (6)
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P. Sandoval 3B40000024.208.267.354.621-1.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    O. Herrera CF40000011.244.283.396.679-0.5
    H. Kendrick 2B30000111.320.383.474.8570.5
    A. Altherr RF30000011.281.355.542.897-0.5
    T. Joseph 1B30100010.264.316.462.7780.5
    M. Franco 3B30100011.224.277.358.6341.5
    D. Nava LF30000031.310.422.464.886-1.5
    F. Galvis SS30000001.237.292.399.6910.0
    A. Knapp C31100010.238.326.405.7311.5
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    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Sale
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Franco (10), T. Kelly (5)
    • RBI - T. Kelly (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - D. Nava (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale (L, 8-3)8.041111002.820.9321.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale (L, 8-3)8.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Pivetta7.04002904.461.6022.5
    P. Neshek (W, 2-1)1.01000100.720.809.5
    H. Neris (S, 6)1.00001203.491.3110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Pivetta7.0
    P. Neshek (W, 2-1)1.0
    H. Neris (S, 6)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 110-81
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 4-10
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 29
    PITCHING
    • WP - N. Pivetta (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 107-73, P. Neshek 13-11, H. Neris 19-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 4-7, H. Neris 1-0
    • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 26, P. Neshek 4, H. Neris 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    D. Pedroia 2B40000021.296.365.379.745-1.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40000021.320.372.449.821-1.0
    M. Moreland 1B40100010.284.379.491.8700.5
    A. Benintendi LF30000130.278.343.432.775-0.5
    J. Bradley CF30100112.254.352.456.8081.5
    P. Sandoval 3B40000024.208.267.354.621-1.0
    S. Leon C20100101.230.285.365.6502.0
    C. Sale P30100014.333.333.6671.0001.5
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      H. Kendrick 2B30000111.320.383.474.8570.5
      A. Altherr RF30000011.281.355.542.897-0.5
      T. Joseph 1B30100010.264.316.462.7780.5
      M. Franco 3B30100011.224.277.358.6341.5
      D. Nava LF30000031.310.422.464.886-1.5
      F. Galvis SS30000001.237.292.399.6910.0
      A. Knapp C31100010.238.326.405.7311.5
      N. Pivetta P20000010.091.091.091.182-0.5
      P. Neshek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- T. Kelly PH10110000.233.273.400.6733.0
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      • a-doubled for Neshek in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Sale
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Franco (10), T. Kelly (5)
      • RBI - T. Kelly (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. Nava (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (L, 8-3)8.041111002.820.9321.0
      Total8.04111100---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (L, 8-3)8.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Pivetta7.04002904.461.6022.5
      P. Neshek (W, 2-1)1.01000100.720.809.5
      H. Neris (S, 6)1.00001203.491.3110.0
      Total9.05003120---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Pivetta7.0
      P. Neshek (W, 2-1)1.0
      H. Neris (S, 6)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 110-81
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 4-10
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 29
      PITCHING
      • WP - N. Pivetta (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 107-73, P. Neshek 13-11, H. Neris 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 4-7, H. Neris 1-0
      • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 26, P. Neshek 4, H. Neris 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Kelly doubled to shallow left, Knapp scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Hector Neris pitching
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland grounded out to first
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley walked
        • P. Sandoval: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Pat Neshek relieved Nick Pivetta
        • C. Sale: Ball, Sale doubled to left
        • M. Betts: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Betts lined out to right, Sale to third
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts popped out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Galvis flied out to center
        • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Ball, Knapp singled to shallow left center
        • Ty Kelly hit for Pat Neshek
        • T. Kelly: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Kelly doubled to shallow left, Knapp scored
        • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Herrera lined out to right
        • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kendrick fouled out to right
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
        • J. Bradley: Bradley singled to center
        • P. Sandoval: Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Sandoval flied out to center
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Leon lined out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph flied out to center
        • M. Franco: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Franco grounded out to second
        • D. Nava: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nava struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Pedroia flied out to deep right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • N. Pivetta: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pivetta grounded out to pitcher
        • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera lined out to left
        • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kendrick walked
        • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Altherr flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sandoval grounded out to third
        • S. Leon: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Leon singled to shallow left center
        • C. Sale: Ball, Leon to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sale struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts singled to shallow left, Leon out at home
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • D. Nava: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nava struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Galvis popped out to shortstop
        • A. Knapp: Foul, Foul, Knapp grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Moreland fouled out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Bradley lined out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
        • A. Altherr: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Altherr flied out to left
        • T. Joseph: Joseph singled to center
        • M. Franco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Betts lined out to left
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • A. Knapp: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
        • N. Pivetta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pivetta struck out swinging
        • O. Herrera: Herrera popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland singled to center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked, Moreland to second
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Sandoval struck out looking
        • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Leon walked, Moreland to third, Benintendi to second
        • C. Sale: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sale grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
        • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Franco doubled to right
        • D. Nava: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nava struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Galvis popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • N. Pivetta Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to third
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kendrick grounded out to third
        • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)