Alfaro’s 3 RBIs carry 1st-place Phillies past Orioles 5-4

Making the most of a one-day stopover in Baltimore, the Philadelphia Phillies won a game scheduled two months earlier and regained sole possession of first place in the NL East.
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He got the win, so that made it worth missing a day in the Florida sun.

It was tough, Pivetta said. We were supposed to have an off day in Miami today. The guys got in late last night, so it was big for them to come here and win a baseball game.

Seranthony Rodriguez worked the ninth for his ninth save.

Gausman yielded a single to Cesar Hernandez to open the game, and the hits kept on coming for the Phillies. Gausman allowed a career-high 12 hits over five-plus innings, Desmond Trufant Jersey but manager Buck Showalter insisted the right-hander’s performance was better than the numbers indicated.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that many poorly hit balls fall for hits, Showalter said. I’ve got no fault with the way Kevin pitched tonight. He deserved a lot better fate.

Machado, who is batting .316 with 23 homers and 64 RBI, is trying not to let the constant trade talk become a distraction. The Orioles (26-68) have lost nine of 11 and are in last place in the American League East.

It’s a tough situation. You try to soak it in, he said. People want you, teams want you. You try to soak it in, but at the same time you’ve just got to let it slide. Once that game starts or it gets close to game time, you want to prepare yourself and get mentally ready for the game. At the end of the day, I’m trying to go out there and leave it out on the field, do everything well, and play good baseball.

The Rangers (40-54) have lost five of six and are mired in last place in the American League West. Left-hander Cole Hamels (4-8, 4.28 ERA) will start the opener in Baltimore. The veteran is also likely to draw some interest from contending teams. In his last outing, Hamels allowed seven runs and five hits over two-thirds of an inning, which tied the shortest start of his 13-year career.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister is confident Hamels will bounce back.

Very uncharacteristic, Banister said after the latest poor outing. For me, Cole looked as strong as he’s been all year long. … Cole will be all right.

Hamels Jake Bischoff Jersey is 1-4 with a 5.35 ERA in six career starts against Baltimore.