DETROIT (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies picked a fine time to rest Bryce Harper.
Vince Velasquez pitched impressively into the sixth inning and the Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 Wednesday to finish a quick two-game sweep. Harper sat out, but Philadelphia didn’t need much offense.
“This felt kind of like a double win, mainly because we were able to rest Harper,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “Also huge to get J.T. (Realmuto) off his feet.”
Realmuto played first base instead of catcher, and he homered in the fourth inning to open the scoring. Nick Williams also went deep for Philadelphia, which has won five of six heading into a matchup with NL East-leading Atlanta.
Velasquez allowed four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out nine.
Zimmermann (0-8) allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Detroit is 8-35 since the start of June.
Realmuto opened the scoring in the fourth with a solo shot, his 12th homer of the season. Then Philadelphia added three more runs the following inning.
Padres 7, Mets 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. got three hits and the San Diego Padres beat Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets 7-2 Wednesday night for their third win in 11 games since the All-Star break.
The Padres took advantage of three errors by left fielder Dominic Smith and sent the Mets to their fourth loss in five games.
Dinelson Lamet made his fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery, allowing two runs in four innings while striking out six.
Matt Strahm (4-7) entered in the fifth and struck out four over two perfect innings. Craig Stammen got into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh before Andrew Munoz and Luis Perdomo tossed a hitless inning apiece.
The Padres scored three times in third, helped by a pair of one-out walks by Syndergaard (7-5) and two misplays by Smith with two outs.
Jeff McNeil hit a leadoff double in the Mets first and scored on Michael Conforto’s single. Lamet retired Rosario on a flyball with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Conforto doubled in the third on scored on Robinson Cano’s groundout. A day after hitting three home runs and going 4 for 4, Cano was hitless in four at-bats.