July 24, 2019 / 8:57 PM / 4 months ago

Velasquez whiffs 9 as Phillies sweep Tigers

EditorsNote: rewords third graf

Jul 24, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) throws a ball to a fan from the dugout during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

J.T. Realmuto and Nick Williams hit solo homers, Vince Velasquez pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, and the visiting Philadelphia Phillies silenced the Detroit Tigers 4-0 on Wednesday.

Realmuto hit his 12th homer of the season while Williams notched his second. Cesar Hernandez had two hits, a run and an RBI, and Rhys Hoskins singled and tripled while driving in a run.

Velasquez (3-5) scattered four hits and two walks while striking out nine. He recorded his first victory since May 24.

A trio of relievers finished the shutout as the Phillies completed a two-game sweep to cap a brief 4-1 road trip. Hector Neris struck out the side in the ninth.

Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann (0-8) remained winless since Sept. 5, a span of 17 starts. He gave up four runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Niko Goodrum and Brandon Dixon had two hits apiece for Detroit, which has lost 13 of its last 15 games.

Hoskins tripled with two outs in the first but was left stranded when Realmuto struck out.

The Tigers loaded the bases in the second, but Velasquez struck out Gordon Beckham to snuff out the threat.

Realmuto’s homer to left in the fourth opened the scoring. The Phillies then knocked out Zimmermann in the fifth while extending the lead to 4-0.

Williams jumped on a slider for a 435-foot blast to right. Roman Quinn had a one-out bunt single, advanced to third on a Zimmermann error and scored when center fielder JaCoby Jones dived and missed Hernandez’s fly ball. Following that double, Scott Kingery walked and Hoskins ripped a single to left to bring in Hernandez.

The Tigers had two on and two outs in the sixth, but reliever Ranger Suarez entered to strike out Christin Stewart.

Kingery had a ground-rule double in the seventh but was left stranded.

The Tigers had two baserunners again in the eighth when Dixon and Jeimer Candelario drew two-out walks, but Stewart then lined out to right field.

Hoskins flied out with runners in scoring position in the ninth.

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