Pivetta rebounds, helps Phils stand alone in 1st

BALTIMORE — Though Nick Pivetta‘s long-awaited rebound start ended on a down note — a two-run homer to Trey Mancini — the flood of applause from the strong-traveling cohort of fans from up I-95 that followed him off the field was perhaps therapeutic.

Pivetta entered Thursday’s 5-4 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards coming off two consecutive starts that totaled 4 1/3 innings and 10 runs allowed (eight earned). One more start like that and his spot in the rotation potentially could have been in question, especially with a recent strong spot start from Enyel De Los Santos.


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BALTIMORE — Though Nick Pivetta‘s long-awaited rebound start ended on a down note — a two-run homer to Trey Mancini — the flood of applause from the strong-traveling cohort of fans from up I-95 that followed him off the field was perhaps therapeutic.

Pivetta entered Thursday’s 5-4 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards coming off two consecutive starts that totaled 4 1/3 innings and 10 runs allowed (eight earned). One more start like that and his spot in the rotation potentially could have been in question, especially with a recent strong spot start from Enyel De Los Santos.


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So now, at the very least, Pivetta has begun to trend in the right direction. The Phillies are going in the same direction also, back in sole control of first place in the National League East thanks to a Braves off-day.

But Pivetta wasn’t the only Phillie eyeing a breakout performance. Catcher Jorge Alfaro had just three hits in July entering Thursday’s make-up game. By the final out against Kevin Gausman and the Orioles, he had three more hits and reached base four times, including the eventual game-winning solo homer that followed a two-RBI double.

The Phillies got to Gausman early and often, forcing the righty to give up a career-high 12 hits in five-plus innings of work. Carlos Santana and Nick Williams filled in the blanks with the other two runs batted in on the night.

But the home offense rallied back into it. After the Mancini home run, Jace Peterson homered on the very next pitch — the first of only two pitches in Tommy Hunter‘s relief appearance — to cut the deficit to one. Edubray Ramos, Adam Morgan and Seranthony Dominguez ensured that deficit stayed pat.

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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