Alec Bohm triple shy of cycle, Phillies beat Bucs 8-2 for sweep

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PITTSBURGH — Alec Bohm fell a triple shy of the cycle, tying a career-high with four hits in an 8-2 win for the Philadelphia Phillies that completed a four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bohm hit his seventh homer of the season in the sixth, a solo shot that gave him four hits on just five pitches and extended Philadelphia’s lead to seven runs. It was his second game with four hits in the majors, the first since going 4 for 5 against the Washington Nationals on June 23 last year.

“If they are throwing it over the plate, I’m swinging,” Bohm said. “And right now, I’m not missing it.”

The 25-year-old, drafted third overall in 2018, doubled in the first and singled in the third and fifth. Bohm grounded into an inning-ending double play in the eighth.

“Just kind of growing, getting comfortable. All those things,” Bohm said. “Experience and all those things. I think I have found some things and continue to find some things that work for me and help me bounce back from a bad game or a bad week, or a bad month, and not let it affect the rest of the season.”

Nick Castellanos also had four hits, with his fourth single coming in the ninth.

Aaron Nola (7-8) allowed one run and six hits with eight strikeouts in six innings.

Philadelphia had a season-high 18 hits to win its fifth straight and hand Pittsburgh a seventh straight loss. The Phillies have won six of seven since being swept by the Chicago Cubs in three games from July 22-24.

“I think they were just getting good pitches to hit and landing good swings,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “They were using the whole field and playing with a lot of confidence.”

Four straight singles off JT Brubaker (2-9) highlighted a five-run fifth. Bohm and J.T. Realmuto got the first two, and Castellanos and Bryson Stott had another pair, driving in one run each. Dillon Peters replaced Brubaker, allowing RBI singles to Matt Vierling and Odubel Herrera for a 7-1 Phillies lead.

“I don’t think he had very good command today,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of Brubaker. “Everything was in the middle of the zone. When you leave the ball in the middle of the zone against that lineup, you’re going to get hit hard. … Just way too much plate today.”

Kyle Schwarber led off the inning with his National League-leading 33rd homer, sent 441 feet into the left field bleachers.

Brubaker, who allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings, opened with two straight strikeouts but gave up four consecutive hits and fell behind by two runs in the first. Bohm and Realmuto had back-to-back doubles, and Castellanos and Stott followed with two singles.

Bohm, Realmuto, Castellanos and Stott were a combined 10 for 12 against Brubaker.

“They were swinging early,” Brubaker said. “I was throwing the ball in the zone early and they were swinging early. They were making contact with it. … They were swinging early and often. Just being a guy that’s wanting to throw strikes, their plan combated my plan.”

Cal Mitchell doubled in the third for the Pirates’ first run. Pittsburgh got a run in the ninth off of Jeurys Familia, who pitched for the first time since giving up five runs and getting one out in the ninth inning of Philadelphia’s 8-7 win over the Pirates on Thursday.

ROSTER MOVES

Phillies: INF Edmundo Sosa reported to the team after being acquired in a trade from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. . INF Johan Camargo was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Pirates: OF Bryan Reynolds was reinstated from the paternity leave list. . INF/OF Diego Castillo was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes was scratched with left knee discomfort he said is not expected to be serious. He is day to day.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Nick Nelson (3-1, 3.94) starts Tuesday’s opener of a two-game series at Atlanta.

Pirates: RHP Bryse Wilson (1-6, 6.31 ERA) will take the mound Tuesday for the first of a three-game home series against Milwaukee and RHP Corbin Burnes (8-4, 2.31). Wilson has allowed fewer than four earned runs in four straight starts since giving up seven to the Cardinals on June 14.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.