Nola goes 7 strong, Williams goes deep, Phils beat O's 4-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Aaron Nola was the man Gabe Kapler wanted on the mound with Manny Machado at the plate and the tying run on third base.

It was the right move.

Nola stuck out nine in seven splendid innings, Nick Williams hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Wednesday to sweep a two-game interleague series.

Nola (11-2) gave up one run and seven hits to win his fifth straight decision.

He escaped a jam on his 103rd pitch when second baseman Cesar Hernandez made an outstanding, over-the-shoulder running catch on Machado's shallow fly to right with two outs and runners on first and third.

''That's awesome,'' Nola said of the play.

Kapler, who was heavily criticized for pulling Nola after 68 pitches in the season opener at Atlanta, visited the mound before letting his ace face Machado with a 2-1 lead.

''We knew he was the best option,'' the first-year manager said. ''He always makes us feel confident.''

Nola said he would've lobbied to stay in but didn't have to say anything other than he felt fine.

''I want to go deep in the game,'' he said. ''I want to get through that inning.''

After five consecutive losing seasons, the Phillies are on the rise under Kapler. They pulled within 1 1/2 games of NL East-leading Atlanta and moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2011 season with a franchise-record 102 wins.

''It's a nice milestone, one we can celebrate,'' Kapler said.

Making his second career start and third appearance, Orioles right-hander Yefry Ramirez (0-2) retired 13 of his first 14 batters before running into trouble in the fifth. Ramirez gave up two runs - one earned - and one hit in five innings.

''I was really proud of Yefry. You couldn't ask for much better,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Williams connected off David Hess in the seventh, sending a 409-foot shot into Philadelphia's bullpen in right-center and extending the lead to 4-1.

Victor Arano tossed two scoreless innings for his first career save.

Ramirez didn't allow a hit until Scott Kingery ripped a one-out double to left in the fifth. Williams, who walked, advanced to third on the hit.

Jorge Alfaro followed with a grounder down the first-base line. Chris Davis moved a few steps to his left, took his eyes off the ball to look at Williams running halfway down the line, and the ball knuckled under his glove. Both runners scored on the error.

Adam Jones lined an RBI double to left-center in the third, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead.

WELCOMING MANNY

For the second straight day, fans clapped each time Machado was introduced. They also chanted ''We want Manny!''

The three-time All-Star is set to become a free agent after the season and the Phillies are among the teams interested in acquiring him before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 or signing him in the offseason.

Machado told reporters before the game he wants to play shortstop wherever he goes and he wouldn't be surprised if Philadelphia aggressively pursued him. Phillies team president Andy MacPhail held the same position in Baltimore when the Orioles selected Machado No. 3 overall in the 2010 amateur draft.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: OF Joey Rickard was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to replace OF Colby Rasmus, who was placed on the restricted list before Tuesday night's game.

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff was scheduled to throw another live batting practice at Single-A Clearwater. Eickhoff has nerve issue in fingers and hasn't pitched this season.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.48 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series at Minnesota on Thursday night. Cashner had a 3.21 ERA in five starts in June but didn't earn a win.

Phillies: Nick Pivetta (5-7, 4.66 ERA) takes the mound at Pittsburgh for the start of a three-game series on Friday. Pivetta earned the win in a scoreless inning of relief in Philadelphia's 13-inning victory over Washington last Sunday.

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  • W: A. Nola (11-2)L: Y. Ramirez (0-2)S: V. Arano (1)
  • HR: PHI - N. Williams (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Trumbo RF40000012.262.319.487.806-0.5
C. Davis 1B40100030.154.229.261.489-0.5
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J. Rickard LF10000100.200.273.400.6731.0
  • a-lined out for Britton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000000.263.375.381.7560.0
R. Hoskins LF40000000.249.364.483.8470.0
O. Herrera CF40000000.276.330.463.7920.0
C. Santana 1B11000200.223.363.432.7952.0
N. Williams RF22121111.236.315.432.7478.5
S. Kingery SS31100021.224.272.335.6072.0
J. Alfaro C30010010.246.291.377.6680.5
M. Franco 3B30100001.263.308.442.7491.0
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V. Arano P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Nola in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Jones (20), J. Schoop (12)
  • RBI - A. Jones (33)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Kingery (16)
  • HR - N. Williams (10)
  • RBI - N. Williams 2 (28), J. Alfaro (17)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Machado (7)
  • CS - T. Beckham
BASERUNNING
  • CS - C. Santana
FIELDING
  • E - C. Davis (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Ramirez (L, 0-2)5.01212402.510.848.0
D. Hess2.02221316.061.532.5
Z. Britton1.00000005.591.553.0
PITCHERSIP
Y. Ramirez (L, 0-2)5.0
D. Hess2.0
Z. Britton1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (W, 11-2)7.07112902.411.0325.5
V. Arano (S, 1)2.00001302.321.0613.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (W, 11-2)7.0
V. Arano (S, 1)2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Ramirez 65-42, D. Hess 45-29, Z. Britton 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Ramirez 4-7, D. Hess 1-2, Z. Britton 3-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Ramirez 18, D. Hess 9, Z. Britton 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Nola (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 103-74, V. Arano 36-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 7-4, V. Arano 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 30, V. Arano 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Machado SS30000113.308.377.560.9372.5
M. Trumbo RF40000012.262.319.487.806-0.5
C. Davis 1B40100030.154.229.261.489-0.5
J. Schoop 2B40200010.202.245.350.5962.5
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a- D. Valencia PH10000000.273.335.454.7890.0
C. Sisco C30000021.204.323.307.6300.0
Y. Ramirez P20000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Rickard LF10000100.200.273.400.6731.0
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  • a-lined out for Britton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000000.263.375.381.7560.0
R. Hoskins LF40000000.249.364.483.8470.0
O. Herrera CF40000000.276.330.463.7920.0
C. Santana 1B11000200.223.363.432.7952.0
N. Williams RF22121111.236.315.432.7478.5
S. Kingery SS31100021.224.272.335.6072.0
J. Alfaro C30010010.246.291.377.6680.5
M. Franco 3B30100001.263.308.442.7491.0
A. Nola P20000021.059.086.059.145-1.0
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V. Arano P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Nola in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Jones (20), J. Schoop (12)
  • RBI - A. Jones (33)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Kingery (16)
  • HR - N. Williams (10)
  • RBI - N. Williams 2 (28), J. Alfaro (17)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Machado (7)
  • CS - T. Beckham
BASERUNNING
  • CS - C. Santana
FIELDING
  • E - C. Davis (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Ramirez (L, 0-2)5.01212402.510.848.0
D. Hess2.02221316.061.532.5
Z. Britton1.00000005.591.553.0
Total8.0343371---
PITCHERSIP
Y. Ramirez (L, 0-2)5.0
D. Hess2.0
Z. Britton1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (W, 11-2)7.07112902.411.0325.5
V. Arano (S, 1)2.00001302.321.0613.5
Total9.07113120---
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (W, 11-2)7.0
V. Arano (S, 1)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Ramirez 65-42, D. Hess 45-29, Z. Britton 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Ramirez 4-7, D. Hess 1-2, Z. Britton 3-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Ramirez 18, D. Hess 9, Z. Britton 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Nola (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 103-74, V. Arano 36-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 7-4, V. Arano 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 30, V. Arano 7
  • 7TH INNING
    Williams homered to center, Santana scored14
  • 5TH INNING
    Alfaro safe at first on 1st baseman Davis fielding error, Williams and Kingery scored, Alfaro to second12
  • 3RD INNING
    Jones doubled to left center, Beckham scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Danny Valencia hit for Zach Britton
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valencia lined out to right
    • C. Sisco: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
    • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rickard walked
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Victor Arano pitching
    • M. Trumbo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trumbo grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • J. Schoop: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Zach Britton relieved David Hess
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to third
    • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Herrera grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
    • J. Rickard: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rickard grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Beckham: Beckham singled to shallow left
    • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jones singled to right center, Beckham to third
    • M. Machado: Ball, Foul, Machado popped out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hess Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
    • N. Williams: Foul, Foul, Ball, Williams homered to center, Santana scored
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Ball, Franco singled to deep right center
    • Aaron Altherr hit for Aaron Nola
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altherr struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Trumbo flied out to center
    • C. Davis: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • J. Schoop: Schoop singled to deep right center
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • David Hess pitching
    • Joey Rickard in left field
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez lined out to left
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hoskins lined out to shortstop
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Herrera grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Beckham singled to right
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Machado struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Ramirez Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Santana grounded out to second
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Williams walked
    • S. Kingery: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Kingery doubled to deep left, Williams to third
    • J. Alfaro: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Alfaro safe at first on 1st baseman Davis fielding error, Williams and Kingery scored, Alfaro to second
    • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Nola: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nola struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Schoop doubled to deep left
    • T. Mancini: Mancini grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Sisco: Ball, Sisco hit by pitch
    • Y. Ramirez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Ramirez Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to center
    • R. Hoskins: Hoskins flied out to left
    • O. Herrera: Herrera lined out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • Y. Ramirez: Ramirez flied out to center
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beckham walked
    • A. Jones: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Jones doubled to left center, Beckham scored
    • M. Machado: Machado grounded out to second, Jones to third
    • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Ramirez Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Alfaro grounded out to second
    • M. Franco: Foul, Ball, Franco flied out to center
    • A. Nola: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Nola struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • C. Davis: Davis singled to center
    • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Schoop grounded out to pitcher, Davis to second
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
    • C. Sisco: Sisco flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Ramirez Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Santana walked
    • N. Williams: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Strike swinging, Santana caught stealing, catcher to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham grounded out to second
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Jones grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Machado walked
    • M. Trumbo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Machado stole second, Trumbo grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Ramirez Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to shallow left
    • R. Hoskins: Hoskins fouled out to catcher
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera fouled out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)