Brewers look to break 3-game skid
Milwaukee Brewers (24-19, second in the NL Central) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (24-16, first in the NL East)
Washington Nationals (14-18, fourth in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (18-14, first in the NL East)
Phillies avoid arbitration with six players, not Aaron Nola
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have avoided arbitration with six players, including second baseman Cesar Hernandez and third baseman Maikel Franco.
All-Star right-hander Aaron Nola didn't reach an agreement with the team. The Phillies offered $4.5 million and Nola is seeking $6.75 million. He finished third in NL Cy Young award voting last year after going 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA. The 25-year-old earned $573,000 in 2018.
Phillies do not tender contracts to Justin Bour, Luis Avilan
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies did not tender contracts to first baseman Justin Bour and left-hander Luis Avilan, allowing the players to become free agents.
Both players were acquired in trades during the season and saw limited action in Philadelphia.
Bour hit .224 with one homer and five RBIs in 49 at-bats after batting .227 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs in 112 games for the Marlins.
CHICAGO (AP) — The fans were already roaring when Jason Heyward stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
They just about came unglued when he delivered in the grandest fashion.
Heyward hit a game-ending grand slam off Adam Morgan to give the Chicago Cubs a 7-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vince Velasquez was cruising with a 4-0 lead while holding the Los Angeles Dodgers hitless into the sixth inning.
Then the bottom dropped out. Yasiel Puig broke up the no-hit bid and the Phillies piled up miscues in the late innings to hand the Dodgers a 5-4 victory that spoiled manager Gabe Kapler's return to Los Angeles.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have demoted their only left-handed pitcher, optioning reliever Zac Curtis to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and recalling right-hander Jake Thompson.
The move Thursday left the Phillies with 13 right-handed pitchers on the 25-man roster. Philadelphia hasn't had a left-handed starter since Adam Morgan on Sept. 28, 2016. Morgan, now a reliever, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a back strain.
Turner hit in sixth lifts Nationals past Phillies 4-3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trea Turner's clutch swing helped the Washington Nationals move a little closer to their second straight NL East title.
Turner capped Washington's three-run sixth inning with a two-run single, and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.
Kelly slam, Phillies beat Giants 12-9 to end 6-game skid
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ty Kelly doesn't play much, but he's learned to make the most of his opportunities.
"He's my secret weapon," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.
Mackanin summoned him at the most opportune of times on Saturday night, and Kelly delivered.
Kelly had a pinch-hit grand slam, Rhys Hoskins hit a three-run homer and Philadelphia snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the San Francisco Giants 12-9.
"I take anything positive, but that was pretty amazing," Kelly said.
Cespedes hits 3 homers in first 5 innings vs Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes has three homers in five innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.
CINCINNATI - The game was tied and the Reds' bench was getting depleted. Relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen was excited to get a bat and help out. Lorenzen connected for the first pinch-hit homer by a big league pitcher in eight years, putting Cincinnati ahead, and the Reds overcame a rough major league debut by Rookie Davis to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 Thursday. Adam Duvall added a two-run homer as the Reds rallied from an early three-run deficit to take the opening series, winning two...
CINCINNATI (AP) — The game was tied and the Reds' bench was getting depleted. Relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen was excited to get a bat and help out.
Lorenzen connected for the first pinch-hit homer by a big league pitcher in eight years, putting Cincinnati ahead, and the Reds overcame a rough major league debut by Rookie Davis to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 Thursday.
LEADING OFF: Orioles, Tigers try to move up in playoff race
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
The Orioles can move up in the wild-card race when they take on AL East-leading Boston at Camden Yards. It's a matchup of 16-game winners — Red Sox lefty David Price vs. Chris Tillman. Baltimore trails idle Toronto by one game for the top AL wild-card spot.
Morgan throws well vs Nats, Phils don’t provide much support
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Morgan gave the Philadelphia Phillies another quality start. But once again, the lowest-scoring team in the majors didn't give him a lot of support.
Gio Gonzalez pitched seven sharp innings, Anthony Rendon doubled home the tiebreaking run and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals defeated the Phillies 3-2 on Sunday.
Tommy Joseph homered in the seventh to snap Philadelphia's 16-inning scoreless drought and Freddy Galvis homered in the eighth.
Gonzalez strong for 7 innings, Nationals beat Phillies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched seven sharp innings, Anthony Rendon doubled home the tiebreaking run and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Sunday.
Gonzalez (11-9) gave up one run on four hits, striking out five with one walk. He bounced back from a rough outing against Atlanta in his last start when he allowed six runs in three innings.
Morgan ends losing streak, Phillies top reeling Marlins 4-3
MIAMI (AP) — Adam Morgan snapped his major league-worst streak of nine consecutive losses, Odubel Herrera scored three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies spoiled Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton's return by beating the reeling Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Morgan (2-9) allowed five hits and one run in six innings. He hadn't won since May 10, going 0-9 with a 6.72 ERA in his last 15 appearances, 13 of those starts.
Morgan, Phillies swept by Nationals
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan continues to pitch like he did against the Washington Nationals, it's only a matter of time before he ends his losing streak.
Morgan pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing two runs and three hits, but he couldn't get Wilson Ramos out with two outs during a crucial at-bat in the seventh inning as the Phillies were swept by Washington 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Werth, Gonzalez lead Nationals to sweep of Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jayson Werth homered and Gio Gonzalez pitched six strong innings to lead the Washington Nationals to a three-game sweep of Philadelphia with a 2-1 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night.
Wilson Ramos hit the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning to help NL East-leading Washington set a franchise record with its ninth straight victory over the Phillies. The Nationals remained nine games in front of the second-place Mets, who beat Miami 5-2.
DENVER (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies starter Adam Morgan was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after another rocky outing.
Manager Pete Mackanin broke the news to the 26-year-old left-hander in the clubhouse after the Phillies fell to the Colorado Rockies 11-2 on Thursday night.
"You never like to send anybody out," said Mackanin following a 40-minute meeting with Morgan. "He knows what he has to do to improve. I believe he's going to improve."