Hoskins goes deep, Nola goes 7 solid, Phils beat Pirates 6-2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Rhys Hoskins let two fastballs down the middle go for strikes and somehow saw another one.

He crushed it.

Hoskins hit a go-ahead three-run homer, Aaron Nola tossed seven impressive innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Saturday.

Nola (2-1) allowed two runs, six hits and struck out nine to help the Phillies win their third straight game and improve to 8-1 at home.

The Pirates have lost five of six after an 11-4 start.

Pittsburgh's Steven Brault gave up two runs and two hits in 5 1/3 innings. The lefty took a shutout into the sixth before things unraveled.

Brault hit Carlos Santana with a pitch and Odubel Herrera followed with a single. Michael Feliz (0-1) entered to face Hoskins, who drove a 1-2 pitch into the left-field seats for a 3-2 lead.

''Usually, you take a couple balls down the middle, you don't see another one but I got away with it,'' Hoskins said.

Hoskins has become a dangerous hitter when he's behind in the count with two strikes. He's 8 for 17 with two homers if the count is 1-2 or 0-2.

''He's incredibly calm,'' manager Gabe Kapler said. ''It always feels like he's dominating an at-bat even if he's down 0-2.''

Hoskins credits hitting coach John Mallee with improving his two-strike approach.

''He told me to try to hit like there's no count,'' Hoskins said. ''If you control your heart rate and are comfortable in the box, good things happen.''

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle questioned the pitch selection to Hoskins with two strikes.

''He just threw the wrong pitch to a good hitter,'' Hurdle said.

Luis Garcia got two outs in the eighth and Hector Neris got the last four for his fourth save.

The Phillies, who lost 96 games last year, are six games over .500 for the first time since they were 25-19 on May 22, 2016.

Sean Rodriguez hit Nola's second pitch the opposite way off the scoreboard on the facing of the second deck in right field for his first career leadoff homer.

Starling Marte's RBI single on a shallow fly that bounced off second baseman Cesar Hernandez's glove gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead in the sixth.

Hoskins and Scott Kingery had RBI singles in a three-run eighth for Philadelphia.

Nola has a 2.28 ERA over his last eight starts, dating to last season.

''He showed a lot of toughness and pitched an efficient game,'' Kapler said. ''As he gets deeper, he gets stronger.''

ROSTER MOVE

The Phillies optioned LHP Hoby Milner to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after the game. A corresponding roster move will be made Sunday. Milner had a 7.71 ERA in 10 appearances.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove, acquired from Houston a trade in January, is set to throw a bullpen session Sunday after tossing one on Friday. Musgrove has been sidelined with a right shoulder strain.

Phillies: Manager Gabe Kapler was impressed with righty Tommy Hunter's rehab appearance Friday night. Hunter, who has been sidelined all season with a strained right hamstring, is on target to join the bullpen next week.

UP NEXT

RHP Trevor Williams (3-0, 1.56 ERA) starts for the Pirates while RHP Nick Pivetta (1-0, 2.49 ERA) goes for the Phillies in the series finale Sunday.

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  • W: A. Nola (2-1)L: M. Feliz (0-1)S: H. Neris (4)
  • HR: PIT - S. Rodriguez (3), PHI - R. Hoskins (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Rodriguez 2B42211020.222.323.556.8787.0
G. Polanco RF40100011.208.318.486.8040.5
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M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Frazier CF10100000.229.260.313.5731.0
C. Dickerson LF40200001.306.329.472.8012.0
F. Cervelli C40000013.262.361.475.837-0.5
C. Moran 3B40100013.288.338.407.7450.5
J. Mercer SS30000032.242.315.339.654-1.5
S. Brault P20000000.222.222.222.4440.0
D. Freese 1B10000010.231.310.500.810-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Hernandez 2B50000025.278.409.403.812-1.0
    C. Santana 1B12000200.159.307.304.6115.0
    O. Herrera CF42100011.338.380.473.8532.5
    R. Hoskins LF32241100.328.488.6391.12712.0
    M. Franco 3B40100022.246.297.421.7180.0
    S. Kingery SS40110022.246.315.446.7611.0
    A. Altherr RF40100010.104.246.250.4960.5
    J. Alfaro C30100102.186.271.256.5272.0
    A. Nola P10000000.000.100.000.1000.0
    a- N. Williams PH10000011.233.313.349.661-0.5
    L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    H. Neris P10000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
    • a-struck out for Nola in the 7th
    BATTING
    • HR - S. Rodriguez (3)
    • RBI - S. Rodriguez (6), S. Marte (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (3)
    BATTING
    • HR - R. Hoskins (4)
    • SH - A. Nola (2)
    • RBI - R. Hoskins 4 (19), S. Kingery (13)
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Frazier (2), D. Freese
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Brault5.12223404.441.2710.0
    M. Feliz (L, 0-1) (BS, 2)0.21110215.631.38-6.0
    E. Santana1.01111106.431.140.5
    F. Vazquez0.13210105.401.44-3.5
    K. Crick0.20000200.000.551.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Brault5.1
    M. Feliz (L, 0-1) (BS, 2)0.2
    E. Santana1.0
    F. Vazquez0.1
    K. Crick0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Nola (W, 2-1)7.06220912.300.9327.5
    L. Garcia (H, 3)0.20000202.610.871.0
    A. Morgan0.01000003.121.50-1.0
    H. Neris (S, 4)1.11000004.001.229.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Nola (W, 2-1)7.0
    L. Garcia (H, 3)0.2
    A. Morgan0.0
    H. Neris (S, 4)1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - F. Vazquez 2 (2)
    • HBP - S. Brault (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Brault 93-49, M. Feliz 16-13, E. Santana 15-9, F. Vazquez 22-14, K. Crick 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Brault 3-8, E. Santana 1-1, F. Vazquez 1-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Brault 21, M. Feliz 3, E. Santana 5, F. Vazquez 6, K. Crick 2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 103-75, L. Garcia 8-7, A. Morgan 4-3, H. Neris 19-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 4-7
    • Batters Faced - A. Nola 26, L. Garcia 2, A. Morgan, H. Neris 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    S. Rodriguez 2B42211020.222.323.556.8787.0
    G. Polanco RF40100011.208.318.486.8040.5
    S. Marte CF40110021.278.374.494.8671.0
    F. Vazquez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    K. Crick P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Bell 1B30000001.244.308.341.6490.0
    M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Frazier CF10100000.229.260.313.5731.0
    C. Dickerson LF40200001.306.329.472.8012.0
    F. Cervelli C40000013.262.361.475.837-0.5
    C. Moran 3B40100013.288.338.407.7450.5
    J. Mercer SS30000032.242.315.339.654-1.5
    S. Brault P20000000.222.222.222.4440.0
    D. Freese 1B10000010.231.310.500.810-0.5
    Total34282101112-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Hernandez 2B50000025.278.409.403.812-1.0
      C. Santana 1B12000200.159.307.304.6115.0
      O. Herrera CF42100011.338.380.473.8532.5
      R. Hoskins LF32241100.328.488.6391.12712.0
      M. Franco 3B40100022.246.297.421.7180.0
      S. Kingery SS40110022.246.315.446.7611.0
      A. Altherr RF40100010.104.246.250.4960.5
      J. Alfaro C30100102.186.271.256.5272.0
      A. Nola P10000000.000.100.000.1000.0
      a- N. Williams PH10000011.233.313.349.661-0.5
      L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      H. Neris P10000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
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      • a-struck out for Nola in the 7th
      BATTING
      • HR - S. Rodriguez (3)
      • RBI - S. Rodriguez (6), S. Marte (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (3)
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Hoskins (4)
      • SH - A. Nola (2)
      • RBI - R. Hoskins 4 (19), S. Kingery (13)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Frazier (2), D. Freese
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Brault5.12223404.441.2710.0
      M. Feliz (L, 0-1) (BS, 2)0.21110215.631.38-6.0
      E. Santana1.01111106.431.140.5
      F. Vazquez0.13210105.401.44-3.5
      K. Crick0.20000200.000.551.0
      Total8.07654101---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Brault5.1
      M. Feliz (L, 0-1) (BS, 2)0.2
      E. Santana1.0
      F. Vazquez0.1
      K. Crick0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Nola (W, 2-1)7.06220912.300.9327.5
      L. Garcia (H, 3)0.20000202.610.871.0
      A. Morgan0.01000003.121.50-1.0
      H. Neris (S, 4)1.11000004.001.229.0
      Total9.08220111---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Nola (W, 2-1)7.0
      L. Garcia (H, 3)0.2
      A. Morgan0.0
      H. Neris (S, 4)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Vazquez 2 (2)
      • HBP - S. Brault (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Brault 93-49, M. Feliz 16-13, E. Santana 15-9, F. Vazquez 22-14, K. Crick 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Brault 3-8, E. Santana 1-1, F. Vazquez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Brault 21, M. Feliz 3, E. Santana 5, F. Vazquez 6, K. Crick 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 103-75, L. Garcia 8-7, A. Morgan 4-3, H. Neris 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 4-7
      • Batters Faced - A. Nola 26, L. Garcia 2, A. Morgan, H. Neris 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Alfaro reached on fielder's choice to first, Hoskins scored, Kingery to third, Altherr to second on 1st baseman Freese fielding error26
        Kingery singled to center, Herrera scored, Hoskins to third, Kingery to second on center fielder Frazier fielding error25
        Hoskins singled to right, Santana scored, Herrera to second24
      • 6TH INNING
        Hoskins homered to left center, Santana and Herrera scored23
        Marte singled to shallow center, Rodriguez scored, Marte to second20
      • 1ST INNING
        Rodriguez homered to right10
      • 9TH INNING
        • H. Neris Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Frazier singled to left
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Ball, Dickerson flied out to center
        • F. Cervelli: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli fouled out to right
        • C. Moran: Ball, Frazier to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran lined out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Luis Garcia pitching
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Freese struck out looking
        • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • Adam Morgan relieved Luis Garcia
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco reached on an infield single to third
        • Hector Neris relieved Adam Morgan
        • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Marte flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • Felipe Vazquez pitching
        • Adam Frazier in center
        • O. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana to third on wild pitch, Herrera struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • R. Hoskins: Hoskins singled to right, Santana scored, Herrera to second
        • M. Franco: Ball, Franco lined out to center
        • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kingery singled to center, Herrera scored, Hoskins to third, Kingery to second on center fielder Frazier fielding error
        • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Altherr reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Alfaro: Foul, Foul, Ball, Alfaro reached on fielder's choice to first, Hoskins scored, Kingery to third, Altherr to second on 1st baseman Freese fielding error
        • Kyle Crick relieved Felipe Vazquez
        • H. Neris: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Neris struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 2 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Dickerson flied out to center
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Cervelli grounded out to second
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Moran reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Edgar Santana relieved Michael Feliz
        • A. Altherr: Altherr lined out to center
        • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Alfaro singled to left
        • Nick Williams hit for Aaron Nola
        • N. Williams: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • S. Brault: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Brault grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • G. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Marte singled to shallow center, Rodriguez scored, Marte to second
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bell grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez lined out to right
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana hit by pitch
        • O. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Herrera singled to right, Santana to third
        • Michael Feliz pitching
        • David Freese at first
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hoskins homered to left center, Santana and Herrera scored
        • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
        • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Dickerson singled to shallow center
        • F. Cervelli: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
        • C. Moran: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • J. Mercer: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Mercer struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • A. Altherr: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Altherr flied out to deep right
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Alfaro flied out to left
        • A. Nola: Ball, Ball, Nola lined out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco flied out to deep center
        • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bell flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana flied out to left
        • O. Herrera: Herrera lined out to center
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
        • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Franco singled to center, Hoskins to third
        • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike looking, Kingery grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
        • S. Brault: Strike looking, Foul, Brault fouled out to left
        • S. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • A. Altherr: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Alfaro walked
        • A. Nola: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nola hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Alfaro to second
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez lined out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson singled to shallow right center
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Cervelli flied out to center
        • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moran grounded into double play first to shortstop, Dickerson out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • R. Hoskins: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hoskins flied out to deep center
        • M. Franco: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
        • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • S. Rodriguez: Foul, Rodriguez homered to right
        • G. Polanco: Polanco popped out to third
        • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bell lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
        • C. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded into double play shortstop to first, Santana out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)