Schwarber hits 2 home runs in Phillies' 4-1 win over Red Sox

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BOSTON (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit a house run on the primary pitch of the sport, then hit a solo home run within the fifth inning and Zack Wheeler picked up his eighth straight win to steer the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Wheeler (8-3) hasn't lost in 10 starts since April 14. He allowed one run on three hits in seven innings, had 4 strikeouts and one walk, helping Philadelphia move a season-high 10 games ahead of the six-time defending NL East champion Atlanta Braves.

The Phillies pitchers retired 14 batters in a row before David Hamilton hit a single with one out within the ninth inning, but José Alvarado retired the subsequent two batters for his twelfth save.

Bryson Stott also had two hits for the Phillies, who scored a few unearned runs when Boston first baseman Dominic Smith dropped a simple toss that ought to have ended the fourth inning.

It was Philadelphia's first game back within the U.S. after splitting the two-game London Series with the New York Mets last weekend. The Phillies flew on to Boston on Sunday, arriving just after midnight, and had Monday off to re-acclimatize.

Schwarber was able to go.

The designated hitter, a member of the 2021 Red Sox team that competed within the AL Championship Series, hit the primary pitch from Kutter Crawford (2-6) an estimated 444 feet to right-center field. It was the thirty seventh leadoff home run of Schwarber's profession and his sixth of the season.

After his strikeout within the third inning, Schwarber led off the fifth inning and sent a 1-0 pitch 427 feet to right to make it 4-1.

Crawford allowed 4 runs on six hits, two of them earned, and had eight strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

With the rating tied 1-1, two outs within the fourth inning and runners on second and third base, David Dahl hit a ball to the fitting side of the infield with the butt of his bat. Red Sox second baseman Enmanuel Valdéz caught the ball and gently tossed it to first base, but Smith let the ball bounce off the sting of his glove.

Bryce Harper, who began with a walk, scored easily, and Stott ran home without throwing. Garrett Stubbs brought Dahl to 3rd base with a single before Crawford brought Johan Rojas in with a groundout to finish the inning.

Red Sox center fielder Rob Refsnyder also made a mistake when he misplayed Stott's single within the second inning, giving him an additional base. But Crawford retired the subsequent three batters to finish the inning.


Phillies: Three-time All-Star catcher JT Realmuto was placed on the 10-day injured list and said he’ll need a couple of month to recuperate from surgery on the cartilage in his right knee. Stubbs began at catcher within the series opener and the Phillies recalled catcher Rafael Marchán from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Realmuto's spot on the roster.

Red Sox: Outfielder Masataka Yoshida was back within the lineup for the primary time since April 28, when he jammed his right thumb. 1B/OF Garrett Cooper was designated for rotation to make room on the roster.


Boston's RHP Nick Pivetta (3-4) faces Phillies LHP Christopher Sanchez (3-3) within the second game of the three-game series.

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