PHILS OFF TO BEST START IN FRANCHISE HISTORY, WATCH!

By Peter Marks

Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto hit solo homers and Edmundo Sosa hit a three-run shot to lead the Phillies past the Texas Rangers 11-4 that gave them the best 50-game start in baseball since Seattle in 2001.

Realmuto extended his hitting streak to 12 games and added three RBI and Alec Bohm hit a two-RBI double in the sixth inning that made it 10-3 and gave him an NL-best 46 RBI.

Already boasting the best record in baseball, the Phillies are 36-14 — the best start over 50 games in franchise history, and they are just the 26th team in National League history to win at least 36 games over the first 50 played. The 1998 Braves were the last to get off to such a fast start.

The Phillies had never been better than 35-15 (1993, 1976) through their first 50 games over the course of franchise history that dates to 1883.

The Phillies won their fifth straight game, 17 of 20 overall and are 21-8 at home — and winners of 17 of 19 at Citizens Bank Park.

“We know that in any situation we’re put in, we can come through it,” Realmuto said. “We have a chance to win every game no matter where we’re at. If we’re down late, we have confidence in ourselves. I think that just speaks to the culture that we’ve built here.”

Matt Strahm (3-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief.

The good times are rolling in Philly — though it took a hot minute in a game where temps hovered near 90 degrees at first pitch. Leody Taveras crushed a solo homer off Phillies starter Taijuan Walker in the second and the Rangers actually led 2-0.

The early hole was nothing but a pesky inconvenience for this year’s Phillies. They took advantage of two errors in the second inning by the World Series champions to tie the game 2-all.

Brandon Marsh’s RBI single made it 2-1. Marsh then tried to steal second only for Rangers starter Dane Dunning (3-3) to wheel around and throw the ball into center field, bring home the tying run. Marsh was just getting started on a big night; the left fielder threw out Corey Seager at third base in the fourth inning on Adolis Garcia’s hit into the corner.

Realmuto’s sixth homer of the year in the third made it 3-2 and he knocked in two more in the sixth with a bases-loaded single for an 8-3 lead.

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