By Sam Bush
Pedro Severino and Rio Ruiz hit homers to back Thomas Eshelman and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Phillies 11-4 for a three-game sweep.
Eshelman (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings to earn his second career win.
Phillies starter Jake Arrieta (1-2) gave up four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
“No reason I shouldn’t have been able to go at least seven innings,” Arrieta said.
J.T. Realmuto hit a pair of two-run homers for the Phillies, who fell to 5-9 under first-year manager Joe Girardi. Realmuto has seven homers and 17 RBI.
Arrieta cruised into the fifth before things unraveled. The Orioles loaded the bases on three singles. Pat Valaika grounded into a fielder’s choice as second baseman Jean Segura made a diving stop to prevent a hit and record the second out. Then Anthony Santander lined a three-run double to right to give the Orioles a 4-2 lead.
Iglesias drove a two-run double to left-center to make it 6-2 in the seventh.
Severino hit Connor Brogdon’s first major league pitch into the seats in left for a 9-2 lead in the eighth. Ruiz connected off Brogdon in the ninth.
“You look at the box score here, our pitching, no walks,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “That was just something that we didn’t do well last year. Way too many free passes, pitched behind in the count. Quite a few games now where we haven’t walked many people. And that is super key against good offensive clubs.”
The start of the game was delayed 99 minutes because of rain.
Realmuto followed Bryce Harper’s double with an opposite-field shot to right-center in the fourth, giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead. The “Sign J.T.” chants from the group of fans who gather outside the ballpark grow louder each game. Realmuto can become a free agent after the season.
Realmuto followed Harper’s triple with his seventh homer in the eighth.
Infielder Neil Walker got the final two outs for the Phillies and instantly became Philadelphia’s most successful reliever. The bullpen has a 10.12 ERA.
“It happens, it’s frustrating,” Girardi said. “You gotta fight. It’s not gonna get any easier.”