May 10, 2018 / 8:25 PM / 11 days ago

Velasquez shines as Phils complete rare sweep of Giants

Vince Velasquez pitched six solid innings, Carlos Santana homered and the Philadelphia Phillies completed a four-game sweep with a 6-3 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants on Thursday afternoon.

Velasquez (3-4) allowed five hits and three earned runs while striking out a career-high 12 batters. He threw 101 pitches, 69 for strikes, and also was 2-for-2 at the plate, raising his season average to .462.

Hector Neris picked up the save, his eighth, with a scoreless ninth inning.

Odubel Herrera had three hits and Cesar Hernandez added two hits for the Phillies, who swept the Giants in a series for the first time since 1982.

Giants starter Ty Blach (3-4) was shaky, giving up seven hits and five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Gregor Blanco and Alen Hanson each homered for the Giants.

Pablo Sandoval had a pair of hits for San Francisco.

Blanco led off the game with a home run to right-center field for a 1-0 Giants lead.

Hanson then ripped a two-run homer in the second off Velasquez, scoring Sandoval for a 3-0 advantage.

The Phillies managed just two hits through the first three innings on singles by Hernandez and Velasquez.

Herrera doubled in his second at-bat in the fourth to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 39 straight games.

Rhys Hoskins later singled, scoring Aaron Altherr and slicing the Giants’ lead to 3-1.

Santana then came up and blasted a three-run home run to left field, scoring Hoskins and Herrera for a 4-3 Phillies advantage.

Herrera struck again for an RBI single in the fifth, scoring Hernandez for a 5-3 lead.

Giants reliever Will Smith wriggled out of further trouble by striking out Hoskins and forcing Santana into a groundout to end the inning.

Herrera came up with another clutch hit with an RBI single to center in the seventh for a 6-3 lead.

In the ninth, Neris struck out Brandon Belt swinging, got Nick Hundley to ground out to second and struck out Sandoval looking to complete the four-game sweep. Neris threw 10 of his 13 pitches for strikes.

—Field Level Media

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