HARPER WAS OFF AND SO WERE PHILS BATS: FALL TO 2ND IN NL EAST!

By Sam Bush

Merrill Kelly tossed three-hit ball over 7 2/3 innings, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Phillies 2-0.

Kelly (7-6) struck out five before departing when Bryce Harper entered the game as a pinch-hitter. Andrew Chafin retired Harper on two pitches and Greg Holland finished the three-hitter, earning his 10th save in 11 tries.

Kelly has allowed just two runs in his last three starts, working 22 1/3 innings and winning all three. He spent the previous four years in Korea after never pitching above Triple-A in four seasons in Tampa Bay’s system.

Zach Eflin (6-6) allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings, tying a career high with nine strikeouts.

”Eflin was just as good (as Kelly) and deserved a better outcome than he got,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.

The Diamondbacks scored both runs in the fifth when Adam Jones, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker hit three straight singles to start the inning. Walker’s liner to right scored Jones and Escobar scored on Nick Ahmed’s sacrifice fly.

Nick Williams, starting in place of Harper, got the Phils’ first two hits. He lined a double to right in the third and singled on a soft liner to right in the fifth. J.T. Realmuto had an infield single in the seventh, and that was it for the Phillies.

The Phils entered the game tied with Atlanta for first in the NL East and fell second for the first time since April 25 as the Braves beat the Pirates.

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