RUPP RIPS ANOTHER HOMER IN SUPPORT OF PHILLIES’ NOLA — THAT’S 4!

By Sam Bush

There must be some kind of karma between Phillies’ young ace Aaron Nola and catcher Cameron Rupp (congratulating closer Ken Giles yesterday).

For four straight Nola outings, Rupp has started and homered each time — as was the case once again in Sunday’s 2-0 win at Marlins Park.

“I wish he would pitch every day then,” Rupp joked.

While Sunday’s homer — a seventh-inning solo shot to right field that stretched Philadelphia’s lead to two runs — was Rupp’s fifth of the season, it was his fourth long ball in just 11 August appearances.

Before Sunday, the 26-year-old catcher also homered on Aug. 1, 7 and 12.

“He’s been good,” interim manager Pete Mackanin said. “He’s a strong-armed catcher and he needs to show that he can hit enough. The home runs are good hits. I like those hits. He’ll catch [Nola] next time out then.”

Rupp finished 1-for-3 to boost his season average to .247 in 53 games and 179 at-bats. He’s now batting .325 in the month of August (13-for-40).

But Rupp affected Sunday’s game with more than just his bat, as he also caught Derek Dietrich stealing second base in the first inning before throwing out Dee Gordon (41 steals) at second base in the sixth on a well-timed pitchout.

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