May 21, 2024


Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber and J.T. Realmulto every hit residence runs Saturday.

The Phillies picked up a decisive win on Saturday evening. (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photos) (Photograph by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Photos)

PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Wheeler delivered one other postseason gem with seven shutdown innings, Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber and J.T. Realmulto homered and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Saturday evening to take a 3-2 NL Championship Collection lead.

Philadelphia moved one win from its second straight World Collection look, regaining management after losing late leads in consecutive one-run losses at Chase Area.

“Every little thing was incredible,” Schwarber mentioned. “It was an amazing response. Clearly, didn’t work out the best way we needed final evening, nevertheless it was nice that we had been capable of flip the web page and actually put our focus and energy into this one.”

Bryson Stott hit an RBI single and Harper slid residence in a collision with catcher Gabriel Moreno as a part of a double steal that constructed a 2-0 lead within the first off Zac Gallen.

Schwarber’s homer was his fifth within the NLCS and twentieth of his postseason profession because the Philadelphia lineup roughed up Gallen for a second time this collection. Schwarber’s sixth-inning drive traveled 461 toes over the swimming pool past the right-center fence, quieting a crowd of 47,897. Two batters later, Harper hit a 444-foot homer into the right-field seats.

Realmuto added a two-run homer within the eighth towards Luis Frías for 6-1 lead.

“Everybody was able to go,” Schwarber mentioned.

The collection resumes Monday in Philadelphia, the place the Phillies are 6-0 this postseason with 17 homers.

Wheeler, a 33-year-old right-hander, gave up one run and 5 hits with a stroll whereas putting out eight. He’s 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 4 postseason begins this 12 months, putting out 34 and strolling two in 26 innings.

“He gave us precisely what we wanted,” Phillies supervisor Rob Thomson mentioned.

Gallen gave up 4 runs and 6 hits six innings, dropping to 2-2 with a 5.24 in 4 playoff outings. He allowed 5 runs over 5 innings in taking the Sport 1 loss to Wheeler.

Alek Thomas homered within the seventh for the Diamondbacks, a day after his tying residence run within the eighth sparked Arizona to a series-evening win. Thomas has a workforce file 4 homers this postseason.

Schwarber, batting .412 with 5 solo homers within the collection, reached on an infield single beginning the sport and scored on Stott’s two-out single. Stott’s sprint for second on a steal drew a throw from Moreno to second baseman Ketel Marte, who stepped in entrance of the bottom and made an errant return throw that bounced previous Moreno.

Harper collided with Moreno at residence plate, dazing the catcher, however who remained within the sport. Umpires dominated Harper couldn’t have prevented the collision as a result of Marte’s throw drew Moreno down the third-base line.


Schwarber reached 20 postseason homers in 63 video games, a file low. The prior mark was held by Houston’s Jose Altuve at 68 video games.


Harper’s steal of residence was the primary in Phillies’ postseason historical past and simply the twenty second in MLB postseason historical past. It’s was the ninth steal of residence in since playoffs began in 1969 and the primary since Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena in 2021.


D-backs supervisor Torey Lovullo gave Pavin Smith his first begin of the postseason, batting him fifth because the designated hitter. Tommy Pham was benched after hitting 1 of 13 within the first 4 video games of the NLCS. Smith was 3 of 4 this postseason coming into Saturday.


Temperatures hovered round 100 in Phoenix, so Chase Area’s retractable roof was closed for the third straight sport. … 28-time Olympic swimming medalist Michael Phelps threw out the ceremonial first pitch.


RHP Aaron Nola (3-0, 0.96 ERA postseason) begins Monday for the Phillies and RHP Merrill Kelly (1-1, 3.00 ERA) for the Diamondbacks.