BRYCE BOPS 2, RANGER TOSSES A GEM, PHILS LOSE TO PADS!

By Sam Bush

Less than 24 hours after the Phillies’ four consecutive ninth-inning hits rallied for a 4-3 win, Matt Waldron (5-6) and two relievers helped the Padres to a 5-2 victory.

Bryce Harper homered twice for the Phillies, his 22nd career multi-homer game and second of the season. He has 17 longballs this year.

After another strong start by Ranger Suárez, the bullpen and an error by third baseman Alec Bohm contributed to the game slipping away.

Orion Kerkering (2-1) hit a batter and Tyler Wade singled to put two runners on in the seventh. Luis Arráez singled to right for the 2-1 lead. Bohm’s one-out fielding error in the eighth helped set up Kyle Higashioka’s bases-clearing triple that put the Padres ahead 5-1.

Suárez remained stuck on 10 wins but tossed another gem in what has turned into a career season for the 28-year-old lefty.

He struck out four and gave up six hits in six innings, allowing his only run on Jackson Merrill’ homer in the second. Suárez started 9-1 but has picked up no-decisions in three of his last four starts.

He lowered his ERA from 1.77 to 1.75, behind only Atlanta’s Reynaldo López. Suárez made a start with his wife and two young children in the stands for the first time in his career. His wife was able to obtain a visa and travel from Venezuela.

Harper knocked a slider from Waldron over the left-center fence in the third for first homer since the June 8 shot he hit in London, which he celebrated with a soccer-style knee slide. He went deep again in the eighth.

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