HARD TO BELIEVE, HARRY: PHILS COULD GET TO .500 TODAY!

By Sam Bush

Nick Castellanos had three hits and three RBI, Alec Bohm hit a go-ahead single and the Phillies beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5.

J.T. Realmuto and Kyle Schwarber also drove in runs for the Phillies, who rebounded from a 5-2 second-inning deficit on a drizzly night.

The defending National League champions, who lost their first four games, improved to 12-13 and with a win in Thursday’s series finale can reach .500 for the first time this season.

“We really don’t like losing,” Castellanos said.

“We’re really plugged in until the last out is made.”

J.P. Crawford hit a grand slam, doubled and singled for Seattle, and Julio Rodríguez also went deep.

Schwarber’s RBI single in the third cut the deficit to 5-3, Castellanos hit a run-scoring single in the fourth and Realmuto singled in the tying run in the eighth against Justin Topa (0-2), who allowed hits to his first four batters. Realmuto had a hard-hit ball just under the glove of second baseman Kolten Wong, and Bohm followed by grounding a single into left.

“Passing the baton, we did a good job of it tonight,” Castellanos said.

Craig Kimbrel (1-0) struck out two in a perfect eighth for his first Phillies win. José Alvarado worked around Crawford’s two-out double in the ninth, striking out Rodriguez on a full-count cutter for his fourth save.

Crawford, selected 16th overall by the Phillies in the 2013 amateur draft, hit his second career slam on a 92 mph fastball he drove into the Philadelphia bullpen in center.

He celebrated in the dugout by donning a golden helmet and holding a large trident that has become customary for Mariners home-run hitters. It was just the 28th home run in 547 career games for the sure-handed shortstop, sent to Seattle by the Phillies after the 2018 season in the trade that brought Philadelphia Jean Segura.

Following a 20-minute rain delay at the start, Castellanos hit a two-run, opposite-field homer to right-center in the first off Logan Gilbert, whose start was pushed back due to discomfort in his pitching shoulder. An athletic trainer visited Gilbert on the mound in the third when Edmundo Sosa’s liner caromed off the pitcher’s lower left shin.

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