Harper's bat, Nola's arm lead Phillies past Rockies 2-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper delivered a powerful swing and Aaron Nola provided the punchouts.

Harper homered over the batter's eye in center field, Nola tied his career high with 12 strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Saturday.

Harper also doubled for the NL East-leading Phillies. But it was his majestic drive in the first inning that had everyone talking.

''It looked like it went over the stadium,'' Nola said.

Harper crushed the first pitch he saw onto Ashburn Alley, a fan walkway where only a few home runs have reached since Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004. The drive, his eighth of the season, was estimated at 466 feet.

''You just stop and watch the distance of the ball,'' manager Gabe Kapler said. ''That's rare territory.''

Harper downplayed the length, happy enough to have cleared the fence.

''It's pretty cool, of course, but like (his former Washington Nationals manager) Matt Williams said, `It's not how far, it's how many,''' he said.

Harper's impressive blast helped Nola to an early cushion, and he took it from there.

Nola (4-0) allowed one run on eight hits while walking one. The right-hander looked more like the pitcher who finished third in the NL Cy Young voting last season and not the one who has struggled for much of 2019 - he has a 4.47 ERA this year.

''It's what I remember when I was with the Nats (last season),'' Harper said of Nola's performance.

While reaching double-digit strikeouts for the 10th time but first this season, Nola got past the fourth inning for seventh time in 10 starts.

''I felt pretty in control today, definitely smoother than previous starts,'' Nola said. ''My command felt good and I was driving my fastball through the zone.''

Tony Wolters had an RBI triple for Colorado, which has lost three straight.

''A little bit of lack of offense today,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''We had some chances, but didn't get the big hit.''

Black also credited Nola.

''Best breaking ball he's had all year, I'm going to bet on that,'' Black said. ''And his fastball had velocity, more than we've seen. It was evident of what we saw last year.''

Nola breezed through six innings and Kapler elected to bring him out for the seventh despite 99 pitches. Wolters led off with a triple off the wall in right and pinch-hitter Ryan McMahon doubled off the wall in right-center to pull the Rockies within 2-1 and end Nola's day.

Adam Morgan got the first out on a grounder that moved McMahon to third before Seranthony Dominguez came on and wriggled out of the inning.

McMahon ran on contact with the Phillies' infield in on Trevor Story's groundball to third and was thrown out at home. A single by David Dahl and walk to Nolan Arenado loaded the bases for Daniel Murphy, who grounded out weakly to short.

Philadelphia went in front 2-0 in the third with the help of the Rockies. Jean Segura walked, went to third on Rhys Hoskins' single that was booted in left by Raimel Tapia and scored on a wild pitch by Antonio Senzatela (3-3).

Senzatela gave up five hits and four walks in five innings.

NOTHING FROM NERIS

Hector Neris retired six straight batters in the final two innings for his seventh save in as many chances.

Kapler rarely brings Neris out for a second inning, but felt the Phillies' de-facto closer had the stuff to pull it off.

''When he looks as good as he did, sometimes you have to push; he responded,'' Kapler said.

FIRST FOR RODGERS

Brendan Rodgers, Colorado's top prospect playing in his second game, got his first hit with an infield single in the second. Rodgers went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: INF/OF Scott Kingery (strained right hamstring) played for Double-A Reading in a rehab outing on Saturday and is nearing a return. He went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a strikeout.

UP NEXT

The teams wrap up their three-game series on Sunday with Philadelphia RHP Jerad Eickhoff (2-2, 2.65) facing LHP Kyle Freeland (2-5, 5.68).

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  • W: A. Nola (4-0)L: A. Senzatela (3-3)S: H. Neris (7)
  • HR: PHI - B. Harper (8)
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  • a-doubled for Dunn in the 7th
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J. Segura SS31100100.324.364.497.8603.0
B. Harper RF31211111.230.371.460.8308.5
R. Hoskins 1B30100103.267.390.540.9302.0
J. Realmuto C40000014.268.327.412.739-0.5
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    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Arenado (12), R. McMahon (4)
    • 3B - T. Wolters
    • RBI - R. McMahon (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dahl 2 (2), D. Murphy 3 (3), B. Rodgers 3 (3), T. Wolters 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Harper (13), C. Hernandez (12)
    • HR - B. Harper (8)
    • RBI - B. Harper (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (12)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins, J. Realmuto 4 (4), M. Franco, A. Nola 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Arenado-Murphy)
    • E - D. Murphy (2), R. Tapia (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Senzatela (L, 3-3)5.05214214.891.451.0
    M. Dunn1.00000104.611.023.5
    S. Oh0.20000009.601.930.0
    J. McGee0.01000000.001.29-1.0
    S. Oberg1.10001101.771.182.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Senzatela (L, 3-3)5.0
    M. Dunn1.0
    S. Oh0.2
    J. McGee0.0
    S. Oberg1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Nola (W, 4-0)6.081111204.471.5524.0
    A. Morgan (H, 9)0.10000002.300.700.0
    S. Dominguez (H, 5)0.21001004.581.58-2.0
    H. Neris (S, 7)2.00000101.860.8813.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Nola (W, 4-0)6.0
    A. Morgan (H, 9)0.1
    S. Dominguez (H, 5)0.2
    H. Neris (S, 7)2.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Senzatela
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 101-56, M. Dunn 8-7, S. Oh 8-7, J. McGee 6-4, S. Oberg 29-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 7-5, M. Dunn 3-0, S. Oh 1-1, S. Oberg 2-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 23, M. Dunn 4, S. Oh 2, J. McGee, S. Oberg 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 106-73, A. Morgan 1-1, S. Dominguez 15-7, H. Neris 21-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 2-4, A. Morgan 1-0, S. Dominguez 2-0, H. Neris 4-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Nola 27, A. Morgan, S. Dominguez 4, H. Neris 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    T. Story SS50100011.268.333.475.8080.5
    D. Dahl CF40100032.296.338.488.826-0.5
    N. Arenado 3B30100100.313.361.591.9523.0
    D. Murphy 1B30000124.182.257.348.6050.0
    S. Oberg P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    R. Tapia LF40200001.302.341.569.9102.0
    B. Rodgers 2B40100033.125.125.125.250-0.5
    T. Wolters C41100012.298.346.415.7613.5
    A. Senzatela P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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    • a-doubled for Dunn in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. McCutchen LF40000010.236.364.400.764-0.5
    J. Segura SS31100100.324.364.497.8603.0
    B. Harper RF31211111.230.371.460.8308.5
    R. Hoskins 1B30100103.267.390.540.9302.0
    J. Realmuto C40000014.268.327.412.739-0.5
    C. Hernandez 2B40200000.301.366.460.8263.0
    O. Herrera CF20000201.236.299.368.6672.0
    M. Franco 3B40000004.228.301.411.7130.0
    A. Nola P30000013.063.211.063.273-0.5
    A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Arenado (12), R. McMahon (4)
      • 3B - T. Wolters
      • RBI - R. McMahon (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dahl 2 (2), D. Murphy 3 (3), B. Rodgers 3 (3), T. Wolters 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Harper (13), C. Hernandez (12)
      • HR - B. Harper (8)
      • RBI - B. Harper (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins, J. Realmuto 4 (4), M. Franco, A. Nola 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Arenado-Murphy)
      • E - D. Murphy (2), R. Tapia (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Senzatela (L, 3-3)5.05214214.891.451.0
      M. Dunn1.00000104.611.023.5
      S. Oh0.20000009.601.930.0
      J. McGee0.01000000.001.29-1.0
      S. Oberg1.10001101.771.182.5
      Total8.0621541---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Senzatela (L, 3-3)5.0
      M. Dunn1.0
      S. Oh0.2
      J. McGee0.0
      S. Oberg1.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Nola (W, 4-0)6.081111204.471.5524.0
      A. Morgan (H, 9)0.10000002.300.700.0
      S. Dominguez (H, 5)0.21001004.581.58-2.0
      H. Neris (S, 7)2.00000101.860.8813.5
      Total9.09112130---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Nola (W, 4-0)6.0
      A. Morgan (H, 9)0.1
      S. Dominguez (H, 5)0.2
      H. Neris (S, 7)2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Senzatela
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 101-56, M. Dunn 8-7, S. Oh 8-7, J. McGee 6-4, S. Oberg 29-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 7-5, M. Dunn 3-0, S. Oh 1-1, S. Oberg 2-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 23, M. Dunn 4, S. Oh 2, J. McGee, S. Oberg 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 106-73, A. Morgan 1-1, S. Dominguez 15-7, H. Neris 21-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 2-4, A. Morgan 1-0, S. Dominguez 2-0, H. Neris 4-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Nola 27, A. Morgan, S. Dominguez 4, H. Neris 6
      • 7TH INNING
        McMahon doubled to deep right, Wolters scored12
      • 3RD INNING
        Segura scored, Hoskins to third on wild pitch02
      • 1ST INNING
        Harper homered to center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • H. Neris Pitching:
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Reynolds grounded out to second
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Story flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Hector Neris relieved Seranthony Dominguez
        • R. Tapia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Tapia grounded out to second
        • B. Rodgers: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodgers struck out swinging
        • T. Wolters: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wolters grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Oberg Pitching:
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez fouled out to third
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera walked
        • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Franco grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wolters tripled to deep right
        • Ryan McMahon hit for Mike Dunn
        • R. McMahon: McMahon doubled to deep right, Wolters scored
        • Adam Morgan relieved Aaron Nola
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon grounded out to pitcher, McMahon to third
        • Seranthony Dominguez relieved Adam Morgan
        • T. Story: Ball, Story reached on fielder's choice to third, McMahon out at home
        • D. Dahl: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Dahl singled to left, Story to second
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked, Story to third, Dahl to second
        • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Murphy grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Seung-Hwan Oh pitching
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, McCutchen flied out to deep center
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura grounded out to shortstop
        • Jake McGee relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
        • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Harper doubled to deep right center
        • Scott Oberg pitching
        • R. Hoskins: Rhys Hoskins facing Jake McGee
        • Hoskins grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Arenado doubled to left
        • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • R. Tapia: Tapia lined out to right, Arenado to third
        • B. Rodgers: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Rodgers struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Mike Dunn relieved Antonio Senzatela
        • C. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to third
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to first
        • M. Franco: Franco safe at first on 1st baseman Murphy fielding error
        • A. Nola: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nola struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Wolters lined out to right
        • A. Senzatela: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Senzatela grounded out to third
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon singled to shallow left
        • T. Story: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Story singled to left, Blackmon to second
        • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Senzatela Pitching:
        • A. McCutchen: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, McCutchen flied out to right
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Segura singled to center
        • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Harper walked, Segura to second
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Hoskins lined out to center, Segura to third, Harper to second
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Realmuto grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dahl struck out looking
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Arenado fouled out to first
        • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked
        • R. Tapia: Foul, Ball, Tapia singled to right center, Murphy to third
        • B. Rodgers: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodgers struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Senzatela Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez doubled to deep right
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera walked
        • M. Franco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Franco grounded into double play third to first, Hernandez out at third, Herrera to second
        • A. Nola: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nola grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • A. Senzatela: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Senzatela struck out looking
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • T. Story: Foul, Story flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Senzatela Pitching:
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
        • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Segura walked
        • B. Harper: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins singled to left, Segura to third, Hoskins to second on left fielder Tapia fielding error
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Segura scored, Hoskins to third on wild pitch, Realmuto fouled out to first
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Strike looking, Arenado grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Murphy: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • R. Tapia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Tapia singled to left
        • B. Rodgers: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Rodgers reached on an infield single to third, Tapia to second
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Wolters struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Senzatela Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hernandez singled to center
        • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second, Hernandez to second
        • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to third
        • A. Nola: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Nola grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon struck out looking
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
        • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dahl struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Senzatela Pitching:
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, McCutchen grounded out to third
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Segura lined out to center
        • B. Harper: Harper homered to center
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Hoskins walked
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Realmuto lined out to right
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)