Pivetta throws 7 scoreless innings, Phillies top Braves 3-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies are a win away from first place.

OK, it's May - but for a team stuck for years in the bottom of the National League, it's starting to feel a bit like September.

Nick Pivetta struck out seven over seven innings, and Nick Williams and Aaron Altherr each homered to lead the Phillies to a 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

The Phillies took the opener of the three-game series and moved a half game behind Atlanta for first place in the NL East.

Philadelphia hasn't had a winning record since it made the last of five straight postseason berths in 2011. The Phillies finished last in the division and lost 96 games in 2017 - the third straight season of more than 90 losses.

''It's a big series, for sure,'' Altherr said. ''Especially being at home, we definitely want to take these games.''

Under first-year manager Gabe Kapler, the Phillies are back in a battle for first in late May for the first time since Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels dominated during the glory years. But in a year where the Eagles won the Super Bowl, Villanova won a national championship and the 76ers won 52 games, perhaps Philly fans need more than 45 games to hop on the bandwagon. Citizens Bank Park - the site of an NL-record 257 straight sellouts that ended in 2012 - was thin with just over 21,000 fans announced on a gorgeous night.

Kapler was heartened that a Braves-Phillies series has first place on the line.

''I'm a baseball fan at heart and thinking about that gives me gooesebumps,'' Kapler said.

The Braves played the Phillies for a whopping 10th time already, resulting in this quirk: Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz faced Pivetta for the fourth time this season.

Hard to believe, Harry.

''It was kind of amazing with the hitters seeing the guys so many times, it was just a 3-0 game,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

The right-handers each delivered outings worthy of two teams fighting for first.

Pivetta (4-2) allowed only four hits, walked one and won his third straight start. Seranthony Dominguez tossed a scoreless eighth and Hector Neris finished the five-hitter in the ninth with his ninth save.

''Just build off the energy that we have going on in here just makes my life a lot easier,'' said Pivetta, who has allowed one run in his last 19 innings.

Foltynewicz (3-3) allowed six hits and struck out five in six innings. His lone run allowed came when Williams hit a solo shot in the fourth, an opposite-field poke to left for his third homer of the year. The Phillies have homered in 16 straight games.

''It's one pitch, really,'' Foltynewicz said. ''I was upset about that, just the way Nick was throwing tonight. I was going to try and not let anybody score because of the night he was having tonight.''

Altherr pinch hit for Pivetta in the seventh and crushed a two-run homer to left off Shane Carle for a 3-0 lead.

Two swings, one nice win.

''I take pride in the way a lot of our players have played,'' Kapler said. ''I take pride in the way they've worked. I take pride in their preparation. I really love our players. I love coming to work with them every day. I ride the emotion that they ride.''

The Phillies and Braves don't play again after this series until they face each other seven of the final 10 games of the season.

Maybe in September, they'll be playing for the title.

PHILLY SPECIAL

Phillies LF Rhys Hoskins gave Doug Pederson some tips before the Eagles coach took some batting practice. Pederson, enjoying the perks of winning the Super Bowl, had already thrown out the first pitch at the home opener. He won a hitting contest against some Eagles rookies before the game and earned a Louisville Slugger bat inscribed with the title, ''2018 Philadelphia Eagles batting champion.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: RHP Anibal Sanchez (hamstring) made a rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday night.

Phillies: SS J.P. Crawford (right elbow strain) fielded grounder at extended spring training. ... RHP Pat Neshek made 30 throws from flat ground as he recovers from a strained right shoulder. ... RHP Jared Eickhoff's return from a back injury suffered a setback when he felt a twinge in his right index and middle fingers during a rehab start. ''I don't think we're at the stage of deciding the level of concern. I think we're at the stage of evaluating,'' Kapler said.

CATCH UP

Phillies C Jorge Alfaro has thrown out six of his last nine attempted base stealers. He threw out a runner at second with one out in the seventh to preserve the 1-0 lead.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-2, 5.05 ERA) looks to improve already to 4-0 this season against the Phillies. McCarthy has a 2.25 ERA in three starts that span just 16 innings.

Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (4-4, 4.37) is already 0-3 against the Braves this season. Velasquez has lasted just 12 2-3 innings in three starts this season and is 0-4 lifetime against the Braves.

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  • W: N. Pivetta (4-2)L: M. Foltynewicz (3-3)S: H. Neris (9)
  • HR: PHI - N. Williams (3), A. Altherr (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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O. Albies 2B40100010.281.322.573.8950.5
R. Acuna LF40000011.253.321.442.763-0.5
F. Freeman 1B40100012.324.428.561.9892.5
N. Markakis RF40100011.341.409.514.9220.5
K. Suzuki C40100022.270.341.477.8190.0
E. Inciarte CF40000011.262.315.369.684-0.5
J. Camargo 3B20000101.209.369.373.7420.0
D. Swanson SS30100010.282.326.411.7370.5
M. Foltynewicz P20000012.111.111.167.278-0.5
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Tucker PH10000000.273.309.455.7630.0
J. Biddle P000000001.0001.0002.0003.0000.0
  • a-popped out for Carle in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B30100100.278.391.438.8292.0
R. Hoskins LF40000012.243.381.441.822-0.5
O. Herrera CF40200001.348.413.543.9562.0
M. Franco 3B40000012.252.286.448.733-0.5
C. Santana 1B20000200.186.313.416.7292.0
J. Alfaro C40100022.255.313.387.7001.0
N. Williams RF41211012.233.313.372.6856.5
S. Kingery SS31100002.216.264.336.6002.0
N. Pivetta P20000022.188.188.250.438-1.0
a- A. Altherr PH11121000.202.324.386.7097.0
S. Dominguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-homered for Pivetta in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Alfaro (2)
  • HR - N. Williams (3), A. Altherr (5)
  • RBI - N. Williams (9), A. Altherr 2 (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Williams (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Freeman (5)
  • CS - J. Camargo
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - E. Inciarte (2)
  • DP - (Inciarte-Swanson)
  • PB - K. Suzuki
FIELDING
  • E - C. Santana (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (L, 3-3)6.06112512.721.349.5
S. Carle1.02220111.330.96-0.5
J. Biddle1.00001102.771.382.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (L, 3-3)6.0
S. Carle1.0
J. Biddle1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Pivetta (W, 4-2)7.04001703.231.0829.5
S. Dominguez (H, 4)1.01000100.000.132.5
H. Neris (S, 9)1.00000104.501.3310.5
PITCHERSIP
N. Pivetta (W, 4-2)7.0
S. Dominguez (H, 4)1.0
H. Neris (S, 9)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 105-67, S. Carle 20-11, J. Biddle 13-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 5-7, S. Carle 1-1, J. Biddle 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 25, S. Carle 5, J. Biddle 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 107-72, S. Dominguez 18-11, H. Neris 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 4-10, H. Neris 1-1
  • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 26, S. Dominguez 4, H. Neris 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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O. Albies 2B40100010.281.322.573.8950.5
R. Acuna LF40000011.253.321.442.763-0.5
F. Freeman 1B40100012.324.428.561.9892.5
N. Markakis RF40100011.341.409.514.9220.5
K. Suzuki C40100022.270.341.477.8190.0
E. Inciarte CF40000011.262.315.369.684-0.5
J. Camargo 3B20000101.209.369.373.7420.0
D. Swanson SS30100010.282.326.411.7370.5
M. Foltynewicz P20000012.111.111.167.278-0.5
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Tucker PH10000000.273.309.455.7630.0
J. Biddle P000000001.0001.0002.0003.0000.0
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  • a-popped out for Carle in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B30100100.278.391.438.8292.0
R. Hoskins LF40000012.243.381.441.822-0.5
O. Herrera CF40200001.348.413.543.9562.0
M. Franco 3B40000012.252.286.448.733-0.5
C. Santana 1B20000200.186.313.416.7292.0
J. Alfaro C40100022.255.313.387.7001.0
N. Williams RF41211012.233.313.372.6856.5
S. Kingery SS31100002.216.264.336.6002.0
N. Pivetta P20000022.188.188.250.438-1.0
a- A. Altherr PH11121000.202.324.386.7097.0
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  • a-homered for Pivetta in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Alfaro (2)
  • HR - N. Williams (3), A. Altherr (5)
  • RBI - N. Williams (9), A. Altherr 2 (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Williams (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Freeman (5)
  • CS - J. Camargo
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - E. Inciarte (2)
  • DP - (Inciarte-Swanson)
  • PB - K. Suzuki
FIELDING
  • E - C. Santana (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (L, 3-3)6.06112512.721.349.5
S. Carle1.02220111.330.96-0.5
J. Biddle1.00001102.771.382.5
Total8.0833372---
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (L, 3-3)6.0
S. Carle1.0
J. Biddle1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Pivetta (W, 4-2)7.04001703.231.0829.5
S. Dominguez (H, 4)1.01000100.000.132.5
H. Neris (S, 9)1.00000104.501.3310.5
Total9.0500190---
PITCHERSIP
N. Pivetta (W, 4-2)7.0
S. Dominguez (H, 4)1.0
H. Neris (S, 9)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 105-67, S. Carle 20-11, J. Biddle 13-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 5-7, S. Carle 1-1, J. Biddle 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 25, S. Carle 5, J. Biddle 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 107-72, S. Dominguez 18-11, H. Neris 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 4-10, H. Neris 1-1
  • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 26, S. Dominguez 4, H. Neris 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Altherr homered to left, Kingery scored03
  • 4TH INNING
    Williams homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Hector Neris relieved Seranthony Dominguez
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Markakis lined out to center
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded bunt out to catcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Seranthony Dominguez pitching
    • Preston Tucker hit for Shane Carle
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Tucker popped out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies singled to right center
    • R. Acuna: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Acuna lined out to center
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jesse Biddle pitching
    • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to catcher
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro lined out to right
    • N. Williams: Ball, Ball, Santana to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Camargo walked
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo caught stealing, catcher to second, Strike looking, Swanson grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Shane Carle relieved Mike Foltynewicz
    • S. Kingery: Kingery reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • Aaron Altherr hit for Nick Pivetta
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Altherr homered to left, Kingery scored
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Herrera lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman lined out to left
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis flied out to deep left
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Suzuki flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Franco struck out looking
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Santana flied out to right
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Alfaro doubled to deep right center
    • N. Williams: Ball, Williams flied out to shallow left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foltynewicz struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Albies struck out on foul tip
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Acuna flied out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • N. Pivetta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pivetta struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez singled to shallow left
    • R. Hoskins: Pickoff attempt, Hoskins flied out to center
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Herrera grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Inciarte lined out to center
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Camargo grounded out to third
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Santana popped out to first
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • N. Williams: Ball, Williams homered to left
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kingery grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies flied out to left
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Acuna safe at first on 1st baseman Santana fielding error
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Freeman flied out to left
    • N. Markakis: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Markakis singled to right center, Acuna to second
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez lined out to center
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Herrera singled to right center
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Franco grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Suzuki singled to left
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Inciarte lined out to third
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Camargo flied out to left
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Swanson reached on an infield single to shortstop, Suzuki to third
    • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Ball, Foltynewicz flied out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Santana walked
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Alfaro struck out on foul tip
    • N. Williams: Strike swinging, Williams singled to left, Santana to second
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Kingery reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Santana to third, Williams out at second
    • N. Pivetta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pivetta struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies grounded out to second
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman singled to left center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Freeman stole second, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Hoskins flied into double play center to shortstop, Hernandez out at second
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Herrera singled to left
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco fouled out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)