Video: Cameron Rupp gets flattened on throw home, holds onto ball for game-winning out

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Saturday night’s game between the Reds and Phillies ended in dramatic fashion. The Phillies were in danger of relinquishing a one-run lead — a situation in which they have otherwise been very successful this season — with reliever David Hernandez on the mound in the ninth inning. The Reds had runners on second and third with one out in a 4-3 ballgame.

Hernandez threw a curve ball that hung way too high to Jordan Pacheco, who skied it to left fielder Tyler Goeddel. Goeddel picked up momentum, made the catch, and fired a laser that hit catcher Cameron Rupp‘s mitt right as Eugenio Suarez attempted to touch home plate. The two collided very hard, but Rupp was able to hang onto the ball, ending the game in a 4-3 victory for the Phillies.

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Rupp passed concussion tests, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, but he’s dealing with a sore left ankle.

Entering Sunday’s series finale with the Reds, the 22-15 Phillies were 14-3 in one-run games. They’re currently out-performing their expected won-lost record (based on run differential) by seven games.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.