Hoskins' 2-run homer leads Eflin, Phillies over Twins 2-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) For once, the Philadelphia Phillies relied on strong pitching to win a game.

Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer , Zach Eflin threw seven sharp innings and the Phillies beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Sunday.

''This was an important game for the direction of our team,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''We proved we didn't need to see a lot of pitches and score a lot of runs with our potent offense.''

Eflin (2-0) allowed a leadoff homer to Max Kepler and five singles, striking out five.

''It was nice to squeak out seven,'' Eflin said. ''The action on my sinker and change-up were working. I didn't have my best slider.''

Jose Berrios (1-1) gave up only an infield hit before Hoskins connected. He had seven strikeouts in six innings.

Bryce Harper was 0 for 2 with two walks and stole a base. Phillies left fielder Andrew McCutchen made a perfect one-hop throw to the plate to prevent Marwin Gonzalez from scoring on Ehire Adrianza's single in the third.

David Robertson got two outs in the eighth and Adam Morgan finished the inning. Hector Neris tossed a perfect ninth for his first save since last Sept. 18 against the Mets.

''Hector was spectacular,'' Kapler said.

Neris was Philadelphia's closer until he got demoted to the minors after struggling last season. He pitched well after returning to the majors and is part of a closer-by-committee bullpen.

''I just come in and try to do my job whether it's the ninth, eighth, sixth inning,'' Neris said.

Kepler gave the Twins a 1-0 lead when he drove a fastball into the seats in right-center for his first career leadoff homer. He went deep in each game of the series.

Hoskins fouled off three straight 3-2 pitches in the sixth before launching his third homer into the flower bed just over the left-center field wall.

''I missed a few pitches previously,'' he said. ''I was able to get barrel to the ball and got enough of it to get it out.''

Berrios' pitch was in a good spot, down and away.

''Jose made a nice pitch,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. ''He's a good hitter and he put it over the fence. Jose threw the ball really well.''

After averaging 8.2 runs in their first six games, the Phillies have only scored four in the last two.

SERIES WIN

The Phillies took two of three to improve to 6-2. They are 2-0-1 in the first three series, their best start since 2011.

CUTCH APPRECIATION

McCutchen received a loud ovation after throwing a runner out. He got another one when he took advantage of Minnesota's shift and went first to third on Harper's groundout in the sixth.

YARD WORK

After hitting just one home run in the first five games, the Twins had six in the series.

CRUZ HITS

Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz made his first appearance in the series as a pinch-hitter with two outs in the ninth. Cruz, who only played four games in right field for Seattle last year, struck out swinging at an 88 mph splitter.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Matt Magill (right shoulder tendinitis) and LHP Gabriel Moya (left shoulder tendinitis) are throwing bullpen sessions in extended spring in Florida.

Phillies: OF Roman Quinn (right oblique strain) was 3 for 3 with a homer in his second rehab game at Single-A Clearwater on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Twins: After a day off Monday, RHP Kyle Gibson (0-0, 9.64 ERA) starts Tuesday night at New York in another interleague series. RHP Jacob deGrom (2-0, 0.00) takes the mound for the Mets.

Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez makes his first start this season in the opener of a three-game series against the Nationals on Monday night. RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 9.00 ERA) goes for Washington.

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  • W: Z. Eflin (2-0)L: J. Berrios (1-1)S: H. Neris (1)
  • HR: MIN - M. Kepler (3), PHI - R. Hoskins (3)
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M. Gonzalez 3B40200001.182.250.227.4772.0
J. Schoop 2B40000023.217.333.261.594-1.0
E. Adrianza SS-1B30100000.154.250.154.4041.0
a- N. Cruz PH10000010.316.480.5791.059-0.5
J. Castro C30100001.100.182.100.2821.0
B. Buxton CF30000001.263.333.421.7540.0
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  • a-struck out for Adrianza in the 9th
  • b-lined out for May in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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J. Segura SS30000101.324.361.412.7731.0
B. Harper RF20000212.385.556.8461.4023.5
R. Hoskins 1B41221021.346.514.7691.2848.0
J. Realmuto C40100002.185.303.333.6361.0
O. Herrera CF30000001.300.353.400.7530.0
C. Hernandez 2B30000001.179.250.286.5360.0
M. Franco 3B30100001.320.500.7601.2602.0
Z. Eflin P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
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H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-lined out for Eflin in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Kepler (3)
  • RBI - M. Kepler (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario, J. Schoop 2 (2), J. Castro, J. Berrios
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Hoskins (2), M. Franco (2)
  • HR - R. Hoskins (3)
  • RBI - R. Hoskins 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Hoskins 2 (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Harper, R. Hoskins, J. Realmuto 2 (2), M. Franco, N. Williams
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Harper
FIELDING
  • E - C. Cron
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. McCutchen
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Berrios (L, 1-1)6.02223712.180.7312.5
T. May1.01000000.001.002.0
T. Rogers0.21001001.591.59-2.0
R. Harper0.10000000.001.130.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Berrios (L, 1-1)6.0
T. May1.0
T. Rogers0.2
R. Harper0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (W, 2-0)7.06110510.750.8326.5
D. Robertson (H, 1)0.21000009.823.27-1.0
A. Morgan (H, 3)0.10000000.000.500.0
H. Neris (S, 1)1.00000203.860.4311.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (W, 2-0)7.0
D. Robertson (H, 1)0.2
A. Morgan (H, 3)0.1
H. Neris (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 98-64, T. May 9-7, T. Rogers 20-11, R. Harper 6-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 6-5, T. May 1-2, R. Harper 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 23, T. May 4, T. Rogers 4, R. Harper
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 105-68, D. Robertson 9-5, A. Morgan 3-3, H. Neris 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 7-8, H. Neris 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 26, D. Robertson 3, A. Morgan, H. Neris 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Cron 1B40000011.250.280.333.613-0.5
T. Rogers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Harper P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Rosario LF40100001.200.273.333.6061.0
M. Gonzalez 3B40200001.182.250.227.4772.0
J. Schoop 2B40000023.217.333.261.594-1.0
E. Adrianza SS-1B30100000.154.250.154.4041.0
a- N. Cruz PH10000010.316.480.5791.059-0.5
J. Castro C30100001.100.182.100.2821.0
B. Buxton CF30000001.263.333.421.7540.0
J. Berrios P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
T. May P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Polanco PH-SS10000000.375.429.6881.1160.0
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  • a-struck out for Adrianza in the 9th
  • b-lined out for May in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. McCutchen LF31000120.241.405.517.9231.0
J. Segura SS30000101.324.361.412.7731.0
B. Harper RF20000212.385.556.8461.4023.5
R. Hoskins 1B41221021.346.514.7691.2848.0
J. Realmuto C40100002.185.303.333.6361.0
O. Herrera CF30000001.300.353.400.7530.0
C. Hernandez 2B30000001.179.250.286.5360.0
M. Franco 3B30100001.320.500.7601.2602.0
Z. Eflin P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- N. Williams PH10000001.143.143.143.2860.0
D. Robertson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-lined out for Eflin in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Kepler (3)
  • RBI - M. Kepler (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Rosario, J. Schoop 2 (2), J. Castro, J. Berrios
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Hoskins (2), M. Franco (2)
  • HR - R. Hoskins (3)
  • RBI - R. Hoskins 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Hoskins 2 (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Harper, R. Hoskins, J. Realmuto 2 (2), M. Franco, N. Williams
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Harper
FIELDING
  • E - C. Cron
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. McCutchen
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Berrios (L, 1-1)6.02223712.180.7312.5
T. May1.01000000.001.002.0
T. Rogers0.21001001.591.59-2.0
R. Harper0.10000000.001.130.0
Total8.0422471---
PITCHERSIP
J. Berrios (L, 1-1)6.0
T. May1.0
T. Rogers0.2
R. Harper0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (W, 2-0)7.06110510.750.8326.5
D. Robertson (H, 1)0.21000009.823.27-1.0
A. Morgan (H, 3)0.10000000.000.500.0
H. Neris (S, 1)1.00000203.860.4311.0
Total9.0711071---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (W, 2-0)7.0
D. Robertson (H, 1)0.2
A. Morgan (H, 3)0.1
H. Neris (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 98-64, T. May 9-7, T. Rogers 20-11, R. Harper 6-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 6-5, T. May 1-2, R. Harper 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 23, T. May 4, T. Rogers 4, R. Harper
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 105-68, D. Robertson 9-5, A. Morgan 3-3, H. Neris 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 7-8, H. Neris 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 26, D. Robertson 3, A. Morgan, H. Neris 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Hoskins homered to center, McCutchen scored12
  • 1ST INNING
    Kepler homered to right center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Hector Neris relieved Adam Morgan
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • Nelson Cruz hit for Ehire Adrianza
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • David Robertson pitching
    • Jorge Polanco hit for Trevor May
    • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco lined out to right
    • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Kepler singled to right
    • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Cron popped out to first
    • Adam Morgan relieved David Robertson
    • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Rosario flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Taylor Rogers pitching
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, McCutchen flied out to deep center
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura popped out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins doubled to deep left, Harper to third
    • Ryne Harper relieved Taylor Rogers
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Realmuto grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Adrianza grounded out to third
    • J. Castro: Castro grounded out to second
    • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Buxton lined out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Trevor May relieved Jose Berrios
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Herrera flied out to deep left
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to second
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco doubled to deep right center
    • Nick Williams hit for Zach Eflin
    • N. Williams: Foul, Ball, Williams lined out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • C. Cron: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario flied out to left
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez singled to left
    • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Berrios Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Segura popped out to second
    • B. Harper: Foul, Harper grounded out to shortstop, McCutchen to third
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hoskins homered to center, McCutchen scored
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Realmuto grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • B. Buxton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Buxton lined out to center
    • J. Berrios: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Berrios struck out swinging
    • M. Kepler: Kepler flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Berrios Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Franco popped out to first
    • Z. Eflin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Eflin struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez singled to right center
    • J. Schoop: Foul, Schoop grounded out to third, Gonzalez to second
    • E. Adrianza: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Adrianza singled to left, Gonzalez out at home, Adrianza to second
    • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Berrios Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Foul on 1st baseman Cron dropped ball error, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto flied out to right
    • O. Herrera: Herrera fouled out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
    • C. Cron: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cron fouled out to right
    • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosario grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Berrios Pitching:
    • Z. Eflin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Segura walked
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Adrianza flied out to left
    • J. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro singled to center
    • B. Buxton: Buxton fouled out to catcher
    • J. Berrios: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Berrios struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Berrios Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Realmuto reached on an infield single to second
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Herrera fouled out to catcher
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Hernandez reached on fielder's choice to first, Realmuto out at second
    • M. Franco: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Franco grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kepler homered to right center
    • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cron lined out to second
    • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario singled to shallow center
    • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second, Rosario to second
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Schoop grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Berrios Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, McCutchen struck out looking
    • J. Segura: Segura grounded out to third
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Harper walked
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Harper stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)