Eflin wins again, Knapp has key hit as Phillies beat O's

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Zach Eflin and the Phillies are on a roll.

Eflin pitched seven strong innings for his sixth straight victory, Andrew Knapp had the winning hit for the second straight game and Philadelphia beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Tuesday night for its 11th win in 16 games.

Rhys Hoskins had a two-run double, rookie Seranthony Dominguez pitched four outs for his eighth save and Maikel Franco made a game-saving defensive play for the Phillies, who pulled within 2 1/2 games of the Braves for first place in the NL East.

''It was a great team win,'' Eflin said.

Eflin (7-2) allowed two runs and five hits with six strikeouts and no walks to become the first Phillies pitcher since Cliff Lee in 2011 to record six consecutive wins. The right-hander has a 1.91 ERA while striking out 34 and walking six in 37 2/3 innings over that stretch.

''More aggressive and trusting my pitches,'' Eflin said.

The Phillies bullpen preserved the win, but it got interesting.

Tommy Hunter got the first two outs of the eighth before manager Gabe Kapler went to Dominguez with Orioles star Manny Machado up.

''One of the best hitters in the game, you try to neutralize him with your best bullet,'' Kapler said.

Dominguez walked Machado and Mark Trumbo to load the bases for Chris Davis. Franco made a stellar diving play to his right at third base to snare Davis' ground ball before throwing him out at first to keep the Phillies ahead 3-2. The out was upheld after an Orioles challenge.

''Play of the game,'' Kapler said. ''Got us the win.''

Franco, who has been in and out of the lineup this season, cherished the out.

''I just tried to make a good play and make a good throw,'' he said. ''I wanted that play so bad.''

Trumbo homered for Baltimore, which has dropped eight of nine.

''The effort was there,'' Trumbo said. ''The frustration, it's as much as you make of it.''

The game was delayed 1 hour, 25 minutes due to rain and played mostly under a persistent drizzle.

Philadelphia took a one-run lead in the fourth on Knapp's two-out triple to right off Alex Cobb (2-10) that scored Nick Williams. Knapp, Philadelphia's backup catcher, started two days after his game-ending homer in the 13th lifted the Phillies over the Nationals 4-3.

Cobb gave up three runs on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks in 6 2/3 innings.

Trumbo staked Baltimore to a 1-0 lead by crushing Eflin's 94 mph fastball into the seats in left in the second.

Philadelphia went in front 2-1 in the third on Hoskins' two-out double off the wall in left that scored Franco and Cesar Hernandez.

CHEERS FOR MANNY

Machado, speculated to be a target of the Phillies either via trade or free agency, was loudly cheered when he was introduced by PA announcer Dan Baker prior to the contest.

EFLIN'S BLISTER

Eflin was pulled after just 82 pitches, and Kapler said that was partly because of a blister on Eflin's right middle finger. Eflin said he was ready and able to continue if asked. Eflin was hampered consistently by blisters last season, but Tuesday was his first time dealing with one this year.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: OF Colby Rasmus has been placed on the restricted list after informing the club that he was leaving the team. Rasmus has struggled with a left hip injury for two seasons. He was hitting .133 with one homer in 18 games this season after signing a one-year, $3 million deal in the offseason. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (left oblique) was placed on the 10-day DL. Wilkerson, who is 4 for 17 since making his debut June 20, was injured in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Angels.

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (right lat strain) will throw live batting practice Wednesday. He has been out all season. ... Reliever Edubray Ramos (right shoulder impingement), who has been on the DL since June 25, threw a bullpen Tuesday and could be activated on Friday.

UP NEXT

Baltimore rookie RHP Yefry Ramirez (0-1, 2.89) will make his second start and third appearance with the Orioles against Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (10-2, 2.48) on Wednesday afternoon.

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  • W: Z. Eflin (7-2)L: A. Cobb (2-10)S: S. Dominguez (8)
  • HR: BAL - M. Trumbo (11)
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M. Trumbo RF31211110.267.325.497.8227.5
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  • a-struck out for Fry in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Meisinger in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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R. Hoskins LF40120010.253.368.490.8593.5
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C. Santana 1B40100000.224.361.434.7942.0
N. Williams RF21000210.234.311.416.7272.5
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M. Franco 3B31200102.262.307.443.7504.0
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T. Hunter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Eflin in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Machado (17), C. Sisco (8)
  • HR - M. Trumbo (11)
  • RBI - M. Trumbo (26)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Hoskins (20), C. Santana (16)
  • 3B - A. Knapp (2)
  • SH - Z. Eflin (4)
  • RBI - R. Hoskins 2 (53), A. Knapp (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Hoskins 2 (17), A. Knapp (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Machado (6)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Beckham (4)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Hernandez (6), N. Williams (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cobb (L, 2-10)6.24333506.531.628.5
P. Fry0.10000000.001.000.0
R. Meisinger1.01001103.381.501.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Cobb (L, 2-10)6.2
P. Fry0.1
R. Meisinger1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (W, 7-2)7.05220612.971.0827.0
T. Hunter (H, 15)0.21000104.851.50-0.5
S. Dominguez (S, 8)1.11002201.880.738.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (W, 7-2)7.0
T. Hunter (H, 15)0.2
S. Dominguez (S, 8)1.1
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Cobb (4)
  • HBP - A. Cobb (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 99-67, P. Fry 2-2, R. Meisinger 22-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 6-10, P. Fry 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 29, P. Fry, R. Meisinger 5
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Dominguez 2 (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 82-60, T. Hunter 15-9, S. Dominguez 28-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 8-7, S. Dominguez 2-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 26, T. Hunter 3, S. Dominguez 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Jones CF40000003.284.309.432.7410.0
M. Machado SS31100110.311.378.565.9445.5
M. Trumbo RF31211110.267.325.497.8227.5
C. Davis 1B40000004.153.228.261.4890.0
T. Mancini LF40000011.229.299.379.678-0.5
J. Schoop 2B40100011.198.242.344.5860.5
C. Sisco C40100011.209.325.313.6381.5
A. Cobb P20100001.167.167.167.3331.0
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  • a-struck out for Fry in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Meisinger in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B21000100.266.379.386.7653.0
R. Hoskins LF40120010.253.368.490.8593.5
O. Herrera CF40000014.280.333.469.802-0.5
C. Santana 1B40100000.224.361.434.7942.0
N. Williams RF21000210.234.311.416.7272.5
S. Kingery SS40000013.223.271.331.602-0.5
A. Knapp C40110012.222.303.370.6743.5
M. Franco 3B31200102.262.307.443.7504.0
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  • a-struck out for Eflin in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Machado (17), C. Sisco (8)
  • HR - M. Trumbo (11)
  • RBI - M. Trumbo (26)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Hoskins (20), C. Santana (16)
  • 3B - A. Knapp (2)
  • SH - Z. Eflin (4)
  • RBI - R. Hoskins 2 (53), A. Knapp (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Hoskins 2 (17), A. Knapp (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Machado (6)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Beckham (4)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Hernandez (6), N. Williams (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cobb (L, 2-10)6.24333506.531.628.5
P. Fry0.10000000.001.000.0
R. Meisinger1.01001103.381.501.5
Total8.0533460---
PITCHERSIP
A. Cobb (L, 2-10)6.2
P. Fry0.1
R. Meisinger1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (W, 7-2)7.05220612.971.0827.0
T. Hunter (H, 15)0.21000104.851.50-0.5
S. Dominguez (S, 8)1.11002201.880.738.0
Total9.0722291---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (W, 7-2)7.0
T. Hunter (H, 15)0.2
S. Dominguez (S, 8)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Cobb (4)
  • HBP - A. Cobb (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 99-67, P. Fry 2-2, R. Meisinger 22-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 6-10, P. Fry 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 29, P. Fry, R. Meisinger 5
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Dominguez 2 (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 82-60, T. Hunter 15-9, S. Dominguez 28-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 8-7, S. Dominguez 2-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 26, T. Hunter 3, S. Dominguez 7
  • 4TH INNING
    Knapp tripled to deep right, Williams scored23
    Trumbo singled to right, Machado scored on right fielder Williams fielding error22
  • 3RD INNING
    Hoskins doubled to left center, Franco and Hernandez scored12
  • 2ND INNING
    Trumbo homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • S. Dominguez Pitching:
    • T. Mancini: Mancini grounded out to second
    • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Schoop reached on an infield single to second, Schoop to second on 2nd baseman Hernandez fielding error
    • C. Sisco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sisco struck out looking
    • Jace Peterson hit for Ryan Meisinger
    • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Peterson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tommy Hunter pitching
    • Danny Valencia hit for Paul Fry
    • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Beckham singled to center
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Jones lined out to center
    • Seranthony Dominguez relieved Tommy Hunter
    • M. Machado: Ball, Beckham to third on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado walked
    • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike swinging, Machado stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trumbo walked
    • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Davis grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Meisinger pitching
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana doubled to deep right
    • N. Williams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Williams walked
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • A. Knapp: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Knapp lined out to right
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Franco flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini grounded out to third
    • J. Schoop: Schoop fouled out to first
    • C. Sisco: Sisco flied out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Ball, Knapp lined out to center
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Franco singled to shallow center
    • Dylan Cozens hit for Zach Eflin
    • D. Cozens: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cozens struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez hit by pitch, Franco to second
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Hoskins safe at first on 3rd baseman Beckham fielding error, Franco to third, Hernandez to second
    • Paul Fry relieved Alex Cobb
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Trumbo struck out looking
    • C. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Davis flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Santana flied out to left
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Williams flied out to center
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Kingery grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sisco flied out to left
    • A. Cobb: Strike looking, Cobb singled to shallow center
    • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul tip, Beckham struck out on foul tip
    • A. Jones: Jones grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hernandez flied out to right
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Hoskins lined out to center
    • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Herrera flied out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Machado doubled to right
    • M. Trumbo: Trumbo singled to right, Machado scored on right fielder Williams fielding error
    • C. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to left
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini reached on fielder's choice to third, Trumbo out at second
    • J. Schoop: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Schoop grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana flied out to left
    • N. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Williams walked
    • S. Kingery: Foul, Kingery flied out to center
    • A. Knapp: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Knapp tripled to deep right, Williams scored
    • M. Franco: Franco intentionally walked
    • Z. Eflin: Eflin grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Sisco doubled to deep right
    • A. Cobb: Cobb grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • T. Beckham: Foul, Foul, Ball, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Jones: Jones grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Ball, Franco singled to center
    • Z. Eflin: Eflin hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Franco to second
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Ball, Hoskins doubled to left center, Franco and Hernandez scored
    • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • M. Trumbo: Trumbo homered to center
    • C. Davis: Davis flied out to left
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
    • J. Schoop: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Foul, Santana grounded out to first
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Kingery lined out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Jones fouled out to first
    • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Machado struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to left
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hoskins struck out looking
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Herrera grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)