Alfaro's 9th-inning single lifts Phillies past Rays 2-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies are having success in one-run games.

Jorge Alfaro hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Phillies won their fourth straight overall by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Friday night.

Philadelphia is 4-0 in one-run games, with three coming during the current streak.

''If we're going to be a really good team, we're going to win ballgames like this,'' rookie manager Gabe Kapler said. ''We're going to kind of stick our nose in it. These are games you have to grind out.''

Alfaro's ground single to left field off closer Alex Colome (0-2) scored Scott Kingery, who doubled, for a 2-1 lead.

Edubray Ramos (1-0) got the final out in the eighth with a runner on third before Hector Neris worked the ninth for his second save.

Tampa Bay dropped to 0-6 when allowing three or fewer runs. The Rays are the only winless team in the majors when doing so.

''We knew coming in we're going to play close ballgames,'' manager Kevin Cash said. ''That's the way our team is built.''

Tampa Bay is 2-7 in one-run games.

Colome has blown two saves and has a 10.80 ERA in six games.

''Alex has done a lot of good things over the last three years,'' Cash said. ''He's allowed, just as anybody else in that clubhouse, to go through some rough stretches. To me, this (game) didn't come down to Alex Colome's performance, it probably was more our lack of offense.''

Vince Velasquez permitted one run, four hits, one walk and had seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings for the Phillies, who were coming off a three-game sweep of Cincinnati.

''I only threw six or seven changeups, and that was to upset the timing of the hitters,'' Velasquez said. ''Just the fact that I used my secondary pitches and having the conviction of throwing them for strikes.''

Jake Faria, coming off a start Saturday at Boston in which he gave up eight runs in 1 2/3 innings, limited Philadelphia to one run and two hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

''A big step compared to last game,'' Faria said.

Philadelphia tied it at 1 on Carlos Santana's RBI single in the sixth off reliever Jose Alvarado, who ended the inning by striking out Nick Williams with the bases loaded.

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the second when C.J. Cron singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Mallex Smith's single.

The Rays came within a few feet of another run in the fourth. Matt Duffy's two-out fly was dropped by Aaron Altherr, but the right fielder recovered to throw out Duffy at second just before Joey Wendle slid across the plate.

Faria held the Phillies hitless until Williams opened the fifth with a single. Williams was then picked off first by catcher Wilson Ramos.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Tommy Hunter (strained right hamstring) will take part in an extended spring training game Saturday. ... Kapler said RHPs Jerad Eickhoff (strained right lat) and Mark Leiter Jr. (strained right forearm) are both getting closer to throwing off a mound.

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier said he is completely over an illness that first impacted him late in spring training. ''That's a beautiful thing,'' Kiermaier said. ... RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow surgery) has resumed playing catch.

MOVING DAY

The Rays designated RHP Ryan Weber for assignment to make room for OF Johnny Field, who had his contract selected from Triple-A Durham.

FLASHING THE LEATHER

Alfaro made a fine catch against the screen on Cron's foul ball for the first out in the ninth.

UP NEXT

RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0) makes his second start for the Phillies when he faces Rays RHP Chris Archer (1-0) on Saturday.

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  • W: E. Ramos (1-0)L: A. Colome (0-2)S: H. Neris (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Hernandez 2B20000210.286.444.476.9211.5
C. Santana 1B40110001.159.245.364.6092.0
O. Herrera CF40100023.317.364.439.8030.0
R. Hoskins LF30000112.333.468.6391.1070.5
N. Williams DH40100033.250.300.393.693-0.5
S. Kingery 3B41100020.250.295.500.7952.0
A. Altherr RF40000011.065.216.161.378-0.5
J. Alfaro C40210020.214.313.321.6342.0
J. Crawford SS41100012.121.171.242.4142.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Span DH30000021.194.333.278.611-1.0
    a- R. Refsnyder PH-DH10000010.091.412.091.503-0.5
    K. Kiermaier CF30000120.105.209.158.3672.0
    C. Gomez RF40000001.208.269.396.6650.0
    C. Cron 1B41200000.205.255.341.5963.0
    J. Wendle 2B40000022.273.342.485.827-1.0
    M. Duffy 3B30100102.255.296.333.6302.0
    M. Smith LF40110002.323.400.419.8192.0
    W. Ramos C30000002.162.225.162.3870.0
    A. Hechavarria SS20000110.205.234.205.4390.5
    • a-struck out for Span in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Kingery (4), J. Crawford
    • RBI - C. Santana (9), J. Alfaro (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Alfaro
    BATTING
    • RBI - M. Smith (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Smith
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - N. Williams
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Kiermaier
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Altherr
    • E - A. Altherr, V. Velasquez
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    V. Velasquez6.24111703.521.3718.5
    L. Garcia0.20000003.861.000.0
    A. Morgan0.10001104.261.42-0.5
    E. Ramos (W, 1-0)0.10000000.000.947.0
    H. Neris (S, 2)1.00001006.351.419.0
    PITCHERSIP
    V. Velasquez6.2
    L. Garcia0.2
    A. Morgan0.1
    E. Ramos (W, 1-0)0.1
    H. Neris (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Faria5.12112708.181.9113.5
    J. Alvarado (BS, 1)0.21001201.291.14-1.0
    C. Roe1.01000104.501.002.5
    S. Romo1.01000001.691.502.0
    A. Colome (L, 0-2)1.021103010.803.20-3.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Faria5.1
    J. Alvarado (BS, 1)0.2
    C. Roe1.0
    S. Romo1.0
    A. Colome (L, 0-2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - V. Velasquez (4), E. Ramos
    • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 93-59, L. Garcia 11-7, A. Morgan 9-5, E. Ramos 4-3, H. Neris 14-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 5-8, H. Neris 1-2
    • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 25, L. Garcia 2, A. Morgan 2, E. Ramos, H. Neris 4
    PITCHING
    • IBB - J. Alvarado
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 78-50, J. Alvarado 9-9, C. Roe 11-10, S. Romo 15-10, A. Colome 20-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 3-5, C. Roe 1-1, S. Romo 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Faria 19, J. Alvarado 4, C. Roe 4, S. Romo 4, A. Colome 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Hernandez 2B20000210.286.444.476.9211.5
    C. Santana 1B40110001.159.245.364.6092.0
    O. Herrera CF40100023.317.364.439.8030.0
    R. Hoskins LF30000112.333.468.6391.1070.5
    N. Williams DH40100033.250.300.393.693-0.5
    S. Kingery 3B41100020.250.295.500.7952.0
    A. Altherr RF40000011.065.216.161.378-0.5
    J. Alfaro C40210020.214.313.321.6342.0
    J. Crawford SS41100012.121.171.242.4142.5
    Total33272031312-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Span DH30000021.194.333.278.611-1.0
      a- R. Refsnyder PH-DH10000010.091.412.091.503-0.5
      K. Kiermaier CF30000120.105.209.158.3672.0
      C. Gomez RF40000001.208.269.396.6650.0
      C. Cron 1B41200000.205.255.341.5963.0
      J. Wendle 2B40000022.273.342.485.827-1.0
      M. Duffy 3B30100102.255.296.333.6302.0
      M. Smith LF40110002.323.400.419.8192.0
      W. Ramos C30000002.162.225.162.3870.0
      A. Hechavarria SS20000110.205.234.205.4390.5
      Total3114103810-----
      • a-struck out for Span in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Kingery (4), J. Crawford
      • RBI - C. Santana (9), J. Alfaro (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Alfaro
      BATTING
      • RBI - M. Smith (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Smith
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - N. Williams
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Kiermaier
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Altherr
      • E - A. Altherr, V. Velasquez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      V. Velasquez6.24111703.521.3718.5
      L. Garcia0.20000003.861.000.0
      A. Morgan0.10001104.261.42-0.5
      E. Ramos (W, 1-0)0.10000000.000.947.0
      H. Neris (S, 2)1.00001006.351.419.0
      Total9.0411380---
      PITCHERSIP
      V. Velasquez6.2
      L. Garcia0.2
      A. Morgan0.1
      E. Ramos (W, 1-0)0.1
      H. Neris (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Faria5.12112708.181.9113.5
      J. Alvarado (BS, 1)0.21001201.291.14-1.0
      C. Roe1.01000104.501.002.5
      S. Romo1.01000001.691.502.0
      A. Colome (L, 0-2)1.021103010.803.20-3.5
      Total9.07223130---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Faria5.1
      J. Alvarado (BS, 1)0.2
      C. Roe1.0
      S. Romo1.0
      A. Colome (L, 0-2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - V. Velasquez (4), E. Ramos
      • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 93-59, L. Garcia 11-7, A. Morgan 9-5, E. Ramos 4-3, H. Neris 14-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 5-8, H. Neris 1-2
      • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 25, L. Garcia 2, A. Morgan 2, E. Ramos, H. Neris 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Alvarado
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 78-50, J. Alvarado 9-9, C. Roe 11-10, S. Romo 15-10, A. Colome 20-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 3-5, C. Roe 1-1, S. Romo 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Faria 19, J. Alvarado 4, C. Roe 4, S. Romo 4, A. Colome 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Alfaro singled to left, Kingery scored21
      • 6TH INNING
        Santana singled to right center, Crawford scored, Hernandez to third, Santana to second11
      • 2ND INNING
        Smith singled to left, Cron scored, Smith to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Alex Colome relieved Sergio Romo
        • N. Williams: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
        • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kingery doubled to deep center
        • A. Altherr: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
        • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Alfaro singled to left, Kingery scored
        • J. Crawford: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Neris relieved Edubray Ramos
        • C. Cron: Ball, Cron fouled out to catcher
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Wendle grounded out to third
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duffy walked
        • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Smith flied out to right
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Sergio Romo relieved Chaz Roe
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Santana grounded out to second
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Herrera reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Hoskins: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hoskins flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • L. Garcia Pitching:
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Strike looking, Hechavarria lined out to center
        • Adam Morgan relieved Luis Garcia
        • Rob Refsnyder hit for Denard Span
        • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Refsnyder struck out on foul tip
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier walked
        • Edubray Ramos relieved Adam Morgan
        • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kiermaier stole second, Ball, Kiermaier to third on wild pitch, Gomez popped out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Chaz Roe relieved Jose Alvarado
        • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
        • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altherr popped out to second
        • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Alfaro singled to right
        • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Crawford grounded into fielder's choice to second, Alfaro out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • M. Duffy: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Duffy singled to center
        • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Duffy to second on Velasquez fielding error, Smith grounded out to second, Duffy to third
        • Luis Garcia relieved Vince Velasquez
        • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ramos flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Crawford doubled to deep right center
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • Jose Alvarado relieved Jake Faria
        • C. Santana: Santana singled to right center, Crawford scored, Hernandez to third, Santana to second
        • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • R. Hoskins: Hoskins intentionally walked
        • N. Williams: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Gomez grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Cron popped out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Williams singled to right
        • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Williams picked off at first, catcher to first, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
        • A. Altherr: Strike swinging, Altherr grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Smith flied out to center
        • W. Ramos: Ramos flied out to left
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hechavarria walked
        • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Span popped out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Santana flied out to center
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Hoskins lined out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • C. Gomez: Gomez flied out to right
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cron singled to left
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Wendle reached on fielder's choice to second, Cron out at second
        • M. Duffy: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Duffy safe at first on right fielder Altherr fielding error, Wendle to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Alfaro struck out looking
        • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Crawford flied out to center
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Hechavarria struck out on foul tip
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Span struck out looking
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
        • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kingery grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Altherr popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Ball, Cron singled to center
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Cron to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Wendle struck out looking
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duffy grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Smith: Ball, Smith singled to left, Cron scored, Smith to second
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ramos flied out to deep right
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • C. Santana: Ball, Santana fouled out to shortstop
        • O. Herrera: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Herrera reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Hernandez out at second
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Ball, Gomez flied out to deep left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)