Video: The Phillies turned a 5-4-3 triple play

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The Phillies were nearly resigned to watching their 6-5 lead evaporate in the bottom of the seventh inning when reliever Edubray Ramos walked the first two batters he faced, Derek Norris and Jose Rondon. But Ramos was plucked out of harm’s way when Jabari Blash hit a grounder to third baseman Maikel Franco, who stepped on the third base bag for the first out, threw to second baseman Cesar Hernandez for the second out, and first baseman Tommy Joseph received the throw from Hernandez for out number three for a 5-4-3 triple play.

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It’s the sixth triple play completed this season. For the Phillies, it’s their first triple play since August 23, 2009 when Eric Bruntlett completed an unassisted triple play against the Mets. The last time the Padres were victims of a triple play was on May 18, 2014 against the Rockies.

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.