Irvin wins impressive debut as Phillies beat Royals 6-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Cole Irvin barely slept Friday night and was a nervous wreck Saturday. But when he showed up to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler knew the 25-year-old lefty was ready for his major league debut.

''We knew he was poised, we knew he was aggressive, we knew he was confident,'' Kapler said.

Spotty showers, or ''duck weather'' as Irvin called it, couldn't dampen his debut. Irvin threw seven innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits with one walk and five strikeouts to lead the Phillies to a 6-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Philadelphia scored six times in the fifth to break the game open. Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run double and Odubel Herrera followed with a two-run single to back Irvin (1-0).

''He stayed on the gas pedal the entire outing,'' Kapler said.

Seranthony Dominguez and Juan Nicasio each tossed a scoreless inning to close it out.

''Man, that was fun,'' Irvin said. ''Big inning in the fifth, and just allowing J.T. to take me for a ride.''

Kansas City has lost 12 consecutive series rubber games, a streak that stretches back to May 30 last year, when the Royals took two of three against Minnesota.

Irvin's strong start continued an impressive run by Philadelphia's rotation. Over their last 15 games, Phillies starters have a 2.36 ERA - second-best in the majors during that span.

Royals starter Jakob Junis (3-4) cruised through four innings but fell apart in the fifth. After Nick Williams reached on an error with one out, Junis walked three of the next four batters, the last one chasing him from the game.

''I got away from my command a little bit,'' Junis said. ''My fastball started to move a little more. Couldn't make a pitch when I was 3-2, fell behind in the count a little bit when I needed to get ahead and it just came back to bite me.''

Realmuto greeted Richard Lovelady with a first-pitch double down the right field line, and Herrera hit his two-run single two pitches later. Herrera and Jean Segura each had two hits for the Phillies, and Andrew McCutchen was on base four times via three walks and a single.

Despite allowing just three hits, Junis was tagged for five runs due primarily to five walks. Free passes were an issue all weekend for Royals pitchers, who walked 18 batters during the three-game set.

''They're learning that if you try to be too fine, you're not going to be successful in this league,'' Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. ''Either you can't throw strikes or you won't throw strikes, and neither one of them will keep you here long, or neither one of them are going to allow you to be successful. Our guys all can throw strikes. They've all got good stuff. They've just got to trust it.''

Alex Gordon brought home the Royals' only run with an RBI single in the third. After the umpires initially ruled Billy Hamilton was thrown out at third base before Cam Gallagher crossed the plate, a replay review showed Hamilton beat the throw.

Hamilton and Gordon had two hits apiece for Kansas City.

SPECIAL TRIBUTE

Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins, who lost his mom to cancer in 2009, added some extra decoration to his pink Mother's Day cleats. Hoskins wrote ''Miss u mom'' and the date she died on them, along with ''humble'' and ''perseverance'' near the toe. Both are words she instilled in Hoskins.

''Her will to live, her will to love, to be there for my sister and I, kind of embodied who she was as a woman and as a mother,'' Hoskins said. ''She just would always remind me to make sure that I stay humble and that I'm a humble person. It was something that she always said to me and it stuck with me.

''I thought the shoes were a cool way to show love in a different way.''

ROSTER MOVES

Before the game, the Phillies called up Irvin optioned LHP Austin Davis to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Davis had been recalled on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (3-0, 4.57 ERA) starts Monday night against Milwaukee in the opener of a seven-game homestand. Nola has given up just one run in each of his last three outings.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (1-1, 3.06 ERA) makes his fourth start of the year Tuesday night against Texas. Duffy held Houston to two runs over six innings in his last outing to earn his first win of the season.

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    H. Dozier 1B40100013.318.413.6211.0340.5
    J. Soler DH40000011.248.308.510.817-0.5
    K. Gutierrez 3B30000121.265.288.388.6760.0
    C. Owings 2B40100012.143.209.244.4530.5
    C. Gallagher C31000102.111.179.111.2912.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Segura (8), J. Realmuto (8)
      • RBI - J. Segura (15), R. Hoskins (35), J. Realmuto 2 (24), O. Herrera 2 (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Segura 4 (4), R. Hoskins, O. Herrera, C. Hernandez 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • RBI - A. Gordon (31)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, H. Dozier 3 (3), C. Owings, C. Gallagher, B. Hamilton
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Owings-Dozier)
      • E - A. Mondesi (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Irvin (W, 1-0)7.05111501.290.8626.5
      S. Dominguez1.01000204.701.373.0
      J. Nicasio1.00001003.931.362.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Irvin (W, 1-0)7.0
      S. Dominguez1.0
      J. Nicasio1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 3-4)4.13545405.771.55-3.0
      R. Lovelady2.03110103.751.172.5
      J. Newberry1.22001004.501.250.0
      J. Diekman1.00000202.650.824.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 3-4)4.1
      R. Lovelady2.0
      J. Newberry1.2
      J. Diekman1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Irvin 93-64, S. Dominguez 15-12, J. Nicasio 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Irvin 5-11, J. Nicasio 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Irvin 27, S. Dominguez 4, J. Nicasio 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 96-51, R. Lovelady 16-14, J. Newberry 25-17, J. Diekman 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-6, R. Lovelady 2-2, J. Newberry 4-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 22, R. Lovelady 8, J. Newberry 8, J. Diekman 3
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      B. Harper RF41000121.229.376.450.8261.0
      R. Hoskins 1B31110201.286.415.6001.0155.0
      J. Realmuto C51120022.269.331.418.7494.0
      O. Herrera CF40220011.261.303.402.7053.5
      C. Hernandez 2B40100003.298.365.440.8041.0
      M. Franco 3B40000001.234.310.433.7430.0
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        W. Merrifield RF40000003.286.342.512.8540.0
        A. Mondesi SS40000013.270.305.497.802-0.5
        A. Gordon LF40210000.296.381.542.9233.0
        H. Dozier 1B40100013.318.413.6211.0340.5
        J. Soler DH40000011.248.308.510.817-0.5
        K. Gutierrez 3B30000121.265.288.388.6760.0
        C. Owings 2B40100012.143.209.244.4530.5
        C. Gallagher C31000102.111.179.111.2912.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Segura (8), J. Realmuto (8)
          • RBI - J. Segura (15), R. Hoskins (35), J. Realmuto 2 (24), O. Herrera 2 (13)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Segura 4 (4), R. Hoskins, O. Herrera, C. Hernandez 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • RBI - A. Gordon (31)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (12)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, H. Dozier 3 (3), C. Owings, C. Gallagher, B. Hamilton
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Owings-Dozier)
          • E - A. Mondesi (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Irvin (W, 1-0)7.05111501.290.8626.5
          S. Dominguez1.01000204.701.373.0
          J. Nicasio1.00001003.931.362.0
          Total9.0611270---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Irvin (W, 1-0)7.0
          S. Dominguez1.0
          J. Nicasio1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (L, 3-4)4.13545405.771.55-3.0
          R. Lovelady2.03110103.751.172.5
          J. Newberry1.22001004.501.250.0
          J. Diekman1.00000202.650.824.0
          Total9.0865670---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (L, 3-4)4.1
          R. Lovelady2.0
          J. Newberry1.2
          J. Diekman1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Irvin 93-64, S. Dominguez 15-12, J. Nicasio 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Irvin 5-11, J. Nicasio 2-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Irvin 27, S. Dominguez 4, J. Nicasio 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 96-51, R. Lovelady 16-14, J. Newberry 25-17, J. Diekman 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-6, R. Lovelady 2-2, J. Newberry 4-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 22, R. Lovelady 8, J. Newberry 8, J. Diekman 3
          • 5TH INNING
            Herrera singled to right center, Hoskins and Realmuto scored61
            Realmuto doubled to right, Segura and Harper scored, Hoskins to third41
            Hoskins walked, McCutchen scored, Segura to third, Harper to second21
            Segura singled to center, Williams scored, McCutchen to second11
          • 3RD INNING
            Gordon singled to shallow left, Gallagher scored, Hamilton to third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jake Diekman relieved Jake Newberry
            • B. Harper: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Hoskins lined out to shortstop
            • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Juan Nicasio relieved Seranthony Dominguez
            • J. Soler: Foul, Foul, Soler grounded out to first
            • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gutierrez walked
            • C. Owings: Owings reached on fielder's choice to second, Gutierrez out at second
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gallagher lined out to right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Newberry Pitching:
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez singled to left center
            • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Franco flied out to center
            • N. Williams: Williams reached on fielder's choice to first, Hernandez out at second
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCutchen walked, Williams to second
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Segura reached on fielder's choice to third, McCutchen out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Seranthony Dominguez relieved Cole Irvin
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield popped out to second
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mondesi struck out looking
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gordon reached on an infield single to third
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • R. Lovelady Pitching:
            • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Harper flied out to deep right
            • Jake Newberry relieved Richard Lovelady
            • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins singled to center
            • J. Realmuto: Foul, Strike looking, Realmuto reached on fielder's choice to third, Hoskins out at second
            • O. Herrera: Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Irvin Pitching:
            • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Foul, Gutierrez grounded out to third
            • C. Owings: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Owings singled to right
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallagher popped out to second
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Lovelady Pitching:
            • M. Franco: Franco popped out to shortstop
            • N. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
            • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen singled to center
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Segura grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Irvin Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon lined out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Dozier grounded out to second
            • J. Soler: Soler lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco flied out to deep center
            • N. Williams: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Williams safe at first on shortstop Mondesi fielding error
            • A. McCutchen: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, McCutchen walked, Williams to second
            • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Segura singled to center, Williams scored, McCutchen to second
            • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Harper walked, McCutchen to third, Segura to second
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hoskins walked, McCutchen scored, Segura to third, Harper to second
            • Richard Lovelady relieved Jake Junis
            • J. Realmuto: Realmuto doubled to right, Segura and Harper scored, Hoskins to third
            • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Herrera singled to right center, Hoskins and Realmuto scored
            • C. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded into double play second to first, Herrera out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (6 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Irvin Pitching:
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gallagher lined out to center
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Hamilton singled to center
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield lined out to shortstop
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Harper: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Harper grounded out to second
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
            • J. Realmuto: Foul, Ball, Realmuto lined out to third
            • O. Herrera: Herrera singled to left, Hoskins to third
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Irvin Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Soler grounded out to pitcher
            • K. Gutierrez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gutierrez struck out looking
            • C. Owings: Owings flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Franco: Ball, Foul, Franco grounded out to third
            • N. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Williams lined out to center
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, McCutchen walked
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Segura struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Irvin Pitching:
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gallagher walked
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton singled to shallow left, Gallagher to second
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield lined out to third
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Mondesi lined out to left
            • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to shallow left, Gallagher scored, Hamilton to third
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
            • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
            • C. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Irvin Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier singled to right
            • J. Soler: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • K. Gutierrez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gutierrez struck out swinging
            • C. Owings: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCutchen flied out to deep right
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Segura doubled to deep right center
            • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
            • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Irvin Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield popped bunt out to pitcher
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Foul, Mondesi flied out to center
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)