Velasquez, Santana lead Phillies past whiffing Giants 6-3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Vince Velasquez bent over, his hands on his knees, as another home run sailed over his head. But somehow, what looked like a lost afternoon for the Philadelphia Phillies turned into another win.

The San Francisco Giants took a 3-0 lead in the second inning before the Velasquez regrouped, beginning a string of five straight strikeouts.

''It's just a different mentality when you give up three runs,'' he said. ''You kind of just say, forget it and keep moving on and get more aggressive.''

Velasquez recovered from a slow start to strike out 12 in six innings, Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer and the Phillies rallied past the Giants 6-3 on Thursday for a four-game sweep.

Phillies starters Zach Eflin, Aaron Nola, Nick Pivetta and Velasquez combined to allow four runs in 24 2/3 innings in the series with 40 strikeouts. The Giants struck out 55 times in Philadelphia, obliterating the previous team record of 44 in a four-game series set in 2003, according to Stats LLC.

''They're all big arms. They're all hitting 95-plus (mph) and they have good secondary pitches,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''(Velasquez) had a good curveball going. You look at this club, and they've been playing good. And if you're playing good you probably have pretty good starting pitching.''

Odubel Herrera added three hits and drove in two runs, extending his on-base streak to 39 games for the Phillies, who improved to 15-5 at home.

Gregor Blanco and Alen Hanson homered to give the Giants a 3-0 lead in the second. Velasquez (3-4) allowed five hits, with his velocity improving as the game moved on.

Jake Arrieta came into the Philadelphia Phillies clubhouse afterward and saw Vince Velasquez surrounded by reporters.

''Way to go, Vinny,'' Arrieta said.

While Arrieta became the big name when he joined the Phillies pitching staff before the season, he's been impressed by his young teammates.

Santana, batting .153 entering May, continued his recent tear when he connected off Ty Blach (3-4) in a four-run fourth. Santana, signed away from Cleveland in the offseason, has driven in 15 runs in the past six games.

Herrera doubled earlier in the fourth to give him the Phillies' longest on-base streak since Bobby Abreu (48) in 2000-01. Herrera added RBI singles off Will Smith in the fifth and Sam Dyson in the seventh, lifting his average to an MLB-best .353.

''I think we're seeing him lay off more pitches than he has in the past,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''The walk rate is up a little bit and I think he's hitting in a really good spot in this lineup with some real damage behind him.''

Rhys Hoskins had an RBI single off Blach, who gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. The Giants, who were coming off a three-game sweep at Atlanta, were outscored 32-8 in Philadelphia.

''We're not going to dwell on this,'' Bochy said.

With Andrew McCutchen and Buster Posey getting scheduled days off, the Giants took their first lead of the series when Blanco hit the game's second pitch over the right-field wall.

Hanson's two-run shot in the second made it 3-0 and was the seventh homer allowed by Velasquez in his past four starts. Velasquez immediately settled down, striking out 10 of 12 hitters at one point and and adding two singles at the plate.

Seranthony Dominguez, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris each threw a hitless inning, with Neris earning his eighth save.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, meaning it will be late June at the earliest before he can return. . LHP Madison Bumgarner (finger) could throw a bullpen next week. . OF Hunter Pence (hamstring) is close to resuming a rehab assignment.

Phillies: RHP Pat Neshek said an MRI showed a strained muscle in his right forearm after feeling discomfort in a bullpen session. ''It could be 10 days to a month,'' Neshek said on how much longer he'll be out.

WILD PITCH

Akbar Gbajabiamila is a former NFL player and host of TV's ''American Ninja Warrior.'' He is not, as fans at Citizens Bank Park saw, a candidate for the Phillies' rotation. The left-hander took the mound and threw out the first ball - rather, he crazily bounced it up the third base line. His catcher, the Phillie Phanatic, never had a chance.

NO FACEBOOK

It marked the third game for the Phillies and the first for the Giants shown only on Facebook and not traditional TV. Bochy acknowledged he doesn't have a Facebook account.

''I'm the tweeting king,'' said Bochy, who has tweeted six times, all since April 24.

UP NEXT

Giants: McCutchen, a five-time All-Star with the Pirates, returns to Pittsburgh for the first time since he was traded in the offseason. LHP Andrew Suarez (1-1, 3.06 ERA) faces Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (2-3, 4.42) in the opener of the three-game series Friday night.

Phillies: Arrieta (3-1, 3.49) starts Friday night at home against New York Mets LHP Steven Matz (1-3, 4.23) as Philadelphia tries to stop a bad trend. It's 7-13 vs. NL East teams and 15-2 against non-division opponents.

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  • W: V. Velasquez (3-4)L: T. Blach (3-4)S: H. Neris (8)
  • HR: SF - G. Blanco (1), A. Hanson (3), PHI - C. Santana (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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P. Sandoval 1B41200010.273.322.455.7772.5
A. Hanson 2B31121011.268.295.585.8816.5
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  • a-grounded out for Moronta in the 7th
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A. Altherr RF21000203.206.333.392.7253.0
O. Herrera CF41320011.353.420.541.9616.5
R. Hoskins LF41110035.273.416.479.8951.5
C. Santana 1B41131004.191.302.412.7148.0
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P. Florimon SS11100100.270.341.432.7745.0
  • a-singled for Garcia in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Crawford (5)
  • HR - G. Blanco, A. Hanson (3)
  • RBI - G. Blanco (5), A. Hanson 2 (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Herrera (8)
  • 3B - P. Florimon
  • HR - C. Santana (6)
  • RBI - O. Herrera 2 (23), R. Hoskins (25), C. Santana 3 (26)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Crawford-Hanson-Sandoval)
  • PB - N. Hundley (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Blach (L, 3-4)4.17551314.201.42-4.5
W. Smith0.21000100.001.36-0.5
R. Moronta1.00000201.531.254.0
S. Dyson1.02111103.381.19-0.5
H. Strickland1.01001202.701.022.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Blach (L, 3-4)4.1
W. Smith0.2
R. Moronta1.0
S. Dyson1.0
H. Strickland1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
V. Velasquez (W, 3-4)6.053311225.051.3425.0
S. Dominguez (H, 1)1.00000100.000.003.5
L. Garcia (H, 7)1.00000003.000.803.0
H. Neris (S, 8)1.00000203.681.4311.0
PITCHERSIP
V. Velasquez (W, 3-4)6.0
S. Dominguez (H, 1)1.0
L. Garcia (H, 7)1.0
H. Neris (S, 8)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Blach 83-50, W. Smith 9-6, R. Moronta 12-9, S. Dyson 26-18, H. Strickland 21-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Blach 5-4, W. Smith 1-0, S. Dyson 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Blach 20, W. Smith 3, R. Moronta 3, S. Dyson 6, H. Strickland 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 101-69, S. Dominguez 11-6, L. Garcia 10-7, H. Neris 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 1-5, S. Dominguez 2-0, L. Garcia 2-1, H. Neris 1-0
  • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 24, S. Dominguez 3, L. Garcia 3, H. Neris 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Crawford SS30100110.252.287.378.6652.5
E. Longoria 3B40000012.241.263.489.751-0.5
B. Belt LF40000011.286.403.504.907-0.5
N. Hundley C40000031.298.344.526.871-1.5
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A. Hanson 2B31121011.268.295.585.8816.5
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  • a-grounded out for Moronta in the 7th
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R. Hoskins LF41110035.273.416.479.8951.5
C. Santana 1B41131004.191.302.412.7148.0
M. Franco 3B40000020.282.315.521.836-1.0
S. Kingery SS30000000.214.264.339.6040.0
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a- N. Williams PH10100000.221.303.294.5971.0
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Alfaro C40000021.212.280.353.633-1.0
V. Velasquez P20200000.462.462.462.9232.0
P. Florimon SS11100100.270.341.432.7745.0
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  • a-singled for Garcia in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Crawford (5)
  • HR - G. Blanco, A. Hanson (3)
  • RBI - G. Blanco (5), A. Hanson 2 (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Herrera (8)
  • 3B - P. Florimon
  • HR - C. Santana (6)
  • RBI - O. Herrera 2 (23), R. Hoskins (25), C. Santana 3 (26)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Crawford-Hanson-Sandoval)
  • PB - N. Hundley (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Blach (L, 3-4)4.17551314.201.42-4.5
W. Smith0.21000100.001.36-0.5
R. Moronta1.00000201.531.254.0
S. Dyson1.02111103.381.19-0.5
H. Strickland1.01001202.701.022.0
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PITCHERSIP
T. Blach (L, 3-4)4.1
W. Smith0.2
R. Moronta1.0
S. Dyson1.0
H. Strickland1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
V. Velasquez (W, 3-4)6.053311225.051.3425.0
S. Dominguez (H, 1)1.00000100.000.003.5
L. Garcia (H, 7)1.00000003.000.803.0
H. Neris (S, 8)1.00000203.681.4311.0
Total9.05331152---
PITCHERSIP
V. Velasquez (W, 3-4)6.0
S. Dominguez (H, 1)1.0
L. Garcia (H, 7)1.0
H. Neris (S, 8)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Blach 83-50, W. Smith 9-6, R. Moronta 12-9, S. Dyson 26-18, H. Strickland 21-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Blach 5-4, W. Smith 1-0, S. Dyson 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Blach 20, W. Smith 3, R. Moronta 3, S. Dyson 6, H. Strickland 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 101-69, S. Dominguez 11-6, L. Garcia 10-7, H. Neris 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 1-5, S. Dominguez 2-0, L. Garcia 2-1, H. Neris 1-0
  • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 24, S. Dominguez 3, L. Garcia 3, H. Neris 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Herrera singled to center, Florimon scored, Altherr to second36
  • 5TH INNING
    Herrera singled to right, Hernandez scored, Altherr to third35
  • 4TH INNING
    Santana homered to left, Herrera and Hoskins scored34
    Hoskins singled to left, Altherr scored, Herrera to third31
  • 2ND INNING
    Hanson homered to right, Sandoval scored30
  • 1ST INNING
    Blanco homered to right center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Hector Neris pitching
    • B. Belt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • N. Hundley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Hundley grounded out to second
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sandoval struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Luis Garcia relieved Seranthony Dominguez
    • G. Blanco: Blanco popped bunt out to catcher
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Crawford grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hunter Strickland relieved Sam Dyson
    • M. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Franco popped out to second
    • Nick Williams hit for Luis Garcia
    • N. Williams: Strike swinging, Williams singled to center
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Alfaro struck out on foul tip
    • P. Florimon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Florimon walked, Williams to second
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Pedro Florimon at shortstop
    • Seranthony Dominguez pitching
    • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hanson grounded out to second
    • G. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Kelby Tomlinson hit for Reyes Moronta
    • K. Tomlinson: Tomlinson grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sam Dyson pitching
    • P. Florimon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Florimon tripled to right
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altherr walked
    • O. Herrera: Herrera singled to center, Florimon scored, Altherr to second
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Santana grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Belt flied out to deep right
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Sandoval grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Reyes Moronta relieved Will Smith
    • M. Franco: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery flied out to right
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • T. Blach: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Blach struck out looking
    • G. Blanco: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blanco struck out swinging
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Crawford doubled to right
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Longoria flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • V. Velasquez: Strike looking, Foul, Velasquez singled to right
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez singled to left, Velasquez to second
    • A. Altherr: Foul, Ball, Ball, Altherr reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Velasquez out at third, Hernandez to second
    • Will Smith relieved Ty Blach
    • O. Herrera: Strike (foul tip), Herrera singled to right, Hernandez scored, Altherr to third
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Ball, Santana grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • N. Hundley: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Hundley struck out on foul tip
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sandoval singled to right
    • A. Hanson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Altherr walked
    • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Herrera doubled to deep right, Altherr to third
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Hoskins singled to left, Altherr scored, Herrera to third
    • C. Santana: Ball, Santana homered to left, Herrera and Hoskins scored
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Franco grounded out to third
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Kingery grounded out to second
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Alfaro grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Belt flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alfaro flied out to deep right
    • V. Velasquez: Velasquez singled to center
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Velasquez out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Sandoval singled to right center
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Hanson homered to right, Sandoval scored
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • T. Blach: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Blach struck out swinging
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Blanco struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Santana flied out to deep right
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Franco struck out looking
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Kingery flied out to deep center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • G. Blanco: Foul, Blanco homered to right center
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Crawford walked
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Longoria popped out to shortstop
    • B. Belt: Ball, Belt flied out to deep left
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez singled to center
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Altherr flied out to deep right
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging, Hernandez to second on passed ball
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)