By virtue of Miller’s leadership, Rangers defeated the Phillies
PHILIPPINE (AP)–PHILADELPHIA (AP)— PHILADELPHIA (AP)—The Texas Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Wednesday night thanks to a two-run single by Brad Miller in the 10th inning.
In a four-game winning streak for the Rangers, Marcus Semien doubled and had two hits, including an RBI double in the win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Philadelphia’s Nick Castellanos got three hits, including a double, to lead the way. Since a four-game winning run, the Phillies have dropped four of their last five games.
Zack Wheeler of the Phillies and Martin Perez of the Rangers both excelled as starters. When Matt Bush struck out the final batter in the ninth, he was awarded the victory.
Adolis Garcia of Texas was on second base when Kole Calhoun’s flyout to deep right sent him to third. Eli White swiped second base after Mitch Garver was struck by a pitch. Before Miller scored on Brad Hand’s 1-0 slider, pinch-hitter Nick Solak was struck out.
Chris Woodward, Rangers manager, said of Miller, “He’s so gritty and gutsy you knew you were going to get something out of him there.”
Odubel Herrera’s pinch-hit RBI groundout in the bottom of the 10th gave Joe Barlow his third save in as many attempts.
In the sixth inning, when Castellanos lined Perez’s opening pitch to right, the Phillies appeared to have gotten on the board. Even though first-base umpire Erich Bacchus gave the call as a home run, video evidence proved that a spectator had reached over the railing and touched the ball while it was still in play, leading to the overturning of the decision.
After the double, Castellanos moved to second base, but the inning was over when Bryce Harper hit a flyball to left field.
There were only six hits in all for the Phillies.
At this point in the season, “we simply have a few guys who aren’t really connecting,” Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve got certain players that are having a hard time, and we need to find a solution.”
Wheeler’s ERA dropped to 4.10 after seven and two-thirds innings of work in which he allowed six hits and struck out seven. In the eighth inning, with two outs and 78 pitches left, Girardi was booed when he lifted the National League Cy Young Award runner-up from last year.
“He was fantastic today,” Girardi said.
Wheeler was on board with Girardi’s explanation that he was only looking out for him.
During this time, Perez threw seven innings and allowed four hits, four walks, and four strikes. Left-hander, 31, with an ERA of 2.25.
Woodward described Perez as an “absolute fighter.”
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A three-game series against the New York Yankees begins on Friday. The Yankees’ Gerrit Cole will play Texas RHP Glenn Otto (1-0, 2.89). (2-0, 3.00).