PHILS HEAT UP AGAIN, EVEN IN THE MORNING!

By Lewis Young

Cristopher Sánchez tossed seven scoreless innings, Bryce Harper doubled and singled, and the Phils beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1.

David Dahl hit a two-run single, and Bryson Stott and Nick Castellanos also had RBI for the Phillies. Philadelphia took two of three in the series that was a rematch of last season’s NL Championship Series, won by Arizona.

Ketel Marte hit an RBI single in the ninth for the Diamondbacks, who managed just six hits.

Philadelphia entered Sunday with a seven-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East. The Diamondbacks began play nine games back of the Dodgers in the NL West but in the thick of the wild-card race.

The first pitch of 11:36 a.m. marked the earliest start to a game at Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004.

Sánchez (5-3) struck out four, walked none and allowed only three singles. He signed a new four-year, $22.5 million contract for 2025-28 on Saturday.

Philadelphia gave the 27-year-old lefty an early lead when when Harper led off the second inning with a double off Slade Cecconi (2-6) and scored on Castellanos’ first-pitch single to left. It was the 800th career RBI for Castellanos.

José Alvarado tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, striking out two. Jeff Hoffman surrendered Marte’s run-scoring hit in the ninth.

Dahl’s two-run single in the sixth off Justin Martinez made it 3-0, and the Phillies added a run in the seventh on Stott’s opposite-field RBI single.

 

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