Merrill Kelly, D-Backs blank Phillies in crisp 3-hitter

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Merrill Kelly is pitching more like an ace than a 30-year-old rookie.

Kelly tossed three-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Kelly (7-6) struck out five before departing when Bryce Harper entered the game as a pinch-hitter. Andrew Chafin retired Harper on two pitches and Greg Holland finished the three-hitter, earning his 10th save in 11 tries.

Kelly has allowed just two runs in his last three starts, working 22 1/3 innings and winning all three. He spent the previous four years in Korea after never pitching above Triple-A in four seasons in Tampa Bay's system.

''We felt he was capable of this,'' Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. ''We've loved every aspect of his game and look for it to continue.''

Kelly, who signed a two-year deal with the Diamondbacks as a free agent, has stepped up since earning a spot as the No. 5 starter.

''We've been playing really well,'' he said. ''I'm just trying to be good each start, do my job, be better than the start before.''

The Diamondbacks won another series in Philadelphia and are 11-2 against the Phillies on the road in their last 13 games.

''Come to Philly and beat them on their turf, you're doing something right,'' Lovullo said.

Philadelphia's Zach Eflin (6-6) allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings, tying a career high with nine strikeouts.

''Eflin was just as good (as Kelly) and deserved a better outcome than he got,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.

The Diamondbacks scored both runs in the fifth when Adam Jones, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker hit three straight singles to start the inning. Walker's liner to right scored Jones and Escobar scored on Nick Ahmed's sacrifice fly.

Nick Williams, starting in place of Harper, got Philadelphia's first two hits. He lined a double to right in the third and singled on a soft liner to right in the fifth. J.T. Realmuto had an infield single in the seventh, and that was it for the Phillies.

Philadelphia entered the game tied with Atlanta for first in the NL East and would fall to second for the first time since April 25 if the Braves beat the Pirates.

FAST PACE

At 2 hours, 16 minutes, it was Philadelphia's quickest game of the season, wrapping up one minute faster than last Saturday's victory over Cincinnati.

WRONG AGAIN

First base umpire Ed Hickox had consecutive calls overturned by video review in the seventh. Realmuto was called out after his grounder to third, but the Phillies challenged and he was safe. Then Scott Kingery was called safe after Ahmed made an excellent play on a grounder in the hole at shortstop. But Arizona won the challenge.

BRYCE-LESS

Harper wasn't in the starting lineup for the first time this season. Kapler wanted to give the slugger extra rest with a day off Thursday before the Phillies begin a stretch of 17 straight games against division opponents. Harper had a seven-game hitting streak snapped and was batting .301 with four homers and 19 RBIs in the last 23 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Jon Duplantier was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. RHP Stefan Crichton was recalled from Triple-A Reno.

Phillies: RHP Edubray Ramos was activated from the IL and LHP Austin Davis was sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. RHP Pat Neshek and OF Roman Quinn could return from the IL this weekend.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (7-2, 2.87 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series at Washington on Thursday.

Phillies: After an off day, RHP Nick Pivetta (4-1 4.93) pitches the opener of a three game series at Atlanta on Friday.

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  • W: M. Kelly (7-6)L: Z. Eflin (6-6)S: G. Holland (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Marte CF40200010.284.332.542.8742.5
I. Vargas 2B40000012.248.279.385.663-0.5
D. Peralta LF30100110.298.351.518.8681.5
A. Jones RF41100003.274.320.489.8102.0
E. Escobar 3B41100011.295.352.582.9341.5
C. Walker 1B30110010.252.330.474.8041.5
N. Ahmed SS20010000.267.322.403.7251.0
C. Kelly C30000011.258.338.500.838-0.5
M. Kelly P30000030.000.043.000.043-1.5
A. Chafin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Hernandez 2B40000011.264.326.420.746-0.5
    J. Segura SS40000000.284.331.453.7840.0
    J. Bruce LF40000000.232.294.586.8790.0
    R. Hoskins 1B30000000.273.392.517.9090.0
    J. Realmuto C30100000.278.333.457.7911.0
    S. Kingery CF30000021.315.356.613.969-1.0
    N. Williams RF30200010.187.228.280.5082.5
    M. Franco 3B30000002.206.278.379.6570.0
    Z. Eflin P20000021.136.136.136.273-1.0
    a- B. Harper PH10000000.250.356.464.8200.0
    V. Velasquez P00000000.125.222.125.3470.0
    • a-lined out for Eflin in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Marte (14)
    • SF - N. Ahmed (6)
    • RBI - C. Walker (26), N. Ahmed (26)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Jones 2 (2), E. Escobar
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Williams (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hernandez, S. Kingery, M. Franco
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Hernandez-Segura-Hoskins; Segura-Hernandez-Hoskins)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Kelly (W, 7-6)7.23000503.731.2730.5
    A. Chafin (H, 8)0.10000003.271.500.0
    G. Holland (S, 10)1.00000101.990.9710.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Kelly (W, 7-6)7.2
    A. Chafin (H, 8)0.1
    G. Holland (S, 10)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Eflin (L, 6-6)8.05221902.811.1518.5
    V. Velasquez1.01000004.121.502.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Eflin (L, 6-6)8.0
    V. Velasquez1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Kelly 93-67, A. Chafin 2-2, G. Holland 12-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Kelly 7-11, G. Holland 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Kelly 26, A. Chafin, G. Holland 3
    PITCHING
    • IBB - Z. Eflin (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 82-61, V. Velasquez 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 6-7, V. Velasquez 1-2
    • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 28, V. Velasquez 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Marte CF40200010.284.332.542.8742.5
    I. Vargas 2B40000012.248.279.385.663-0.5
    D. Peralta LF30100110.298.351.518.8681.5
    A. Jones RF41100003.274.320.489.8102.0
    E. Escobar 3B41100011.295.352.582.9341.5
    C. Walker 1B30110010.252.330.474.8041.5
    N. Ahmed SS20010000.267.322.403.7251.0
    C. Kelly C30000011.258.338.500.838-0.5
    M. Kelly P30000030.000.043.000.043-1.5
    A. Chafin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total302620197-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Hernandez 2B40000011.264.326.420.746-0.5
      J. Segura SS40000000.284.331.453.7840.0
      J. Bruce LF40000000.232.294.586.8790.0
      R. Hoskins 1B30000000.273.392.517.9090.0
      J. Realmuto C30100000.278.333.457.7911.0
      S. Kingery CF30000021.315.356.613.969-1.0
      N. Williams RF30200010.187.228.280.5082.5
      M. Franco 3B30000002.206.278.379.6570.0
      Z. Eflin P20000021.136.136.136.273-1.0
      a- B. Harper PH10000000.250.356.464.8200.0
      V. Velasquez P00000000.125.222.125.3470.0
      Total300300065-----
      • a-lined out for Eflin in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Marte (14)
      • SF - N. Ahmed (6)
      • RBI - C. Walker (26), N. Ahmed (26)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Jones 2 (2), E. Escobar
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Williams (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hernandez, S. Kingery, M. Franco
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Hernandez-Segura-Hoskins; Segura-Hernandez-Hoskins)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Kelly (W, 7-6)7.23000503.731.2730.5
      A. Chafin (H, 8)0.10000003.271.500.0
      G. Holland (S, 10)1.00000101.990.9710.5
      Total9.0300060---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Kelly (W, 7-6)7.2
      A. Chafin (H, 8)0.1
      G. Holland (S, 10)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Eflin (L, 6-6)8.05221902.811.1518.5
      V. Velasquez1.01000004.121.502.0
      Total9.0622190---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Eflin (L, 6-6)8.0
      V. Velasquez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Kelly 93-67, A. Chafin 2-2, G. Holland 12-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Kelly 7-11, G. Holland 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Kelly 26, A. Chafin, G. Holland 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - Z. Eflin (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 82-61, V. Velasquez 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 6-7, V. Velasquez 1-2
      • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 28, V. Velasquez 4
      • 5TH INNING
        Ahmed hit sacrifice fly to right, Escobar scored20
        Walker singled to center, Jones scored, Escobar to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Vince Velasquez pitching
        • I. Vargas: Strike looking, Vargas grounded out to first
        • D. Peralta: Peralta reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Jones: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Jones flied out to deep center
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Greg Holland relieved Andrew Chafin
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Segura grounded out to third
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Bruce grounded out to first
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • C. Kelly: Kelly flied out to right
        • M. Kelly: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
        • K. Marte: Ball, Marte grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • N. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
        • Ma. Franco: Ball, Franco lined out to first
        • Bryce Harper hit for Zach Eflin
        • Andrew Chafin relieved Merrill Kelly
        • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Harper lined out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • C. Walker: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
        • N. Ahmed: Ahmed flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Foul, Bruce grounded out to second
        • R. Hoskins: Hoskins flied out to deep center
        • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Realmuto reached on an infield single to third
        • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Kingery grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • M. Kelly: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
        • K. Marte: Marte doubled to left
        • I. Vargas: Vargas grounded out to second, Marte to third
        • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Peralta intentionally walked
        • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Jones fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • Z. Eflin: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Segura grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones singled to left
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Escobar singled to left, Jones to second
        • C. Walker: Foul, Walker singled to center, Jones scored, Escobar to third
        • N. Ahmed: Ahmed hit sacrifice fly to right, Escobar scored
        • C. Kelly: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Kelly grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Walker out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Foul, Realmuto flied out to deep right
        • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kingery struck out looking
        • N. Williams: Strike swinging, Ball, Williams singled to right center
        • Ma. Franco: Ball, Strike swinging, Franco flied out to deep center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • K. Marte: Marte singled to center
        • I. Vargas: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Vargas grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Marte out at second
        • D. Peralta: Foul, Peralta flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Segura popped out to first
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bruce grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hoskins flied out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • N. Ahmed: Foul, Ahmed flied out to center
        • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Kelly struck out looking
        • M. Kelly: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Williams doubled to deep right
        • Ma. Franco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Franco grounded out to third
        • Z. Eflin: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Ball, Jones grounded out to second
        • E. Escobar: Escobar flied out to left
        • C. Walker: Strike looking, Walker grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hoskins grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Realmuto flied out to right
        • S. Kingery: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • K. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • I. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Vargas struck out looking
        • D. Peralta: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Kelly Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez fouled out to catcher
        • J. Segura: Segura lined out to left
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bruce flied out to deep left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)