PHILLIES RIDE RED-HOT HERRERA PAST GIANTS 11-0!

By Sam Bush

Odubel Herrera homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Phillies routed the Giants 11-0.

Carlos Santana and Cesar Hernandez also connected for Philadelphia, which had dropped six of eight. Santana drove in four runs, and Hernandez had two RBI.

Zach Eflin (1-0) struck out a career-high nine in 6 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits and walked three.

Herrera hit a three-run drive off Jeff Samardzija (1-2) in the first and a two-run shot off D.J. Snelten in the sixth. He also walked and scored in the fifth when Santana’s drive popped out of the glove of Gorkys Hernandez as his back hit the wall in center, resulting in a three-run homer.

“Odubel continues to get big hits for us,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “There are times when you take for granted what it does for a dugout when you get a big home run. Odubel did that for us tonight and we were able to extend the lead.”

Herrera has reached base in his last 36 games dating to last year, the longest such streak for the Phillies since Jimmy Rollins had a 38-game run between the 2005-06 seasons. He is batting .341 this year.

“I feel very, very good right now,” Herrera said. “It’s part of being selective. I want to be disciplined at the plate. I don’t want to swing at bad pitches- I only want to swing at good pitches.”

Samardzija allowed five runs and four hits in four innings in his fourth start after beginning the season on the disabled list with a right pectoral strain.

Buster Posey had two of San Francisco’s six hits. Posey has logged four straight multihit games, hitting .563 (9 for 16) in those contests.

It was Eflin’s first major league win since he pitched seven solid innings at Atlanta on Aug. 8. The right-hander was promoted from the minors after Ben Lively hurt his back in late April, and he worked six effective innings in a no-decision at Miami in his first start last Tuesday.

“It was good to stay aggressive and keep my head on straight and keep chugging along,” Eflin said. “We learn the most when we have a good lead to not get lazy with things. I was happy that I kept my head on straight and just pounded the zone.”

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