TURNBULL THROWS 3 SCORELESS, 6 K’S AS RANGER’S REPLACEMENT!

By Peter Marks

Spencer Turnbull struck out six in three scoreless innings in replacing injured starter Ranger Suárez as the Phils won 6-1.

Suárez, who entered the game tied for the major league lead with nine wins, left with a bruised left hand after he was drilled by a 106.1 mph line drive off the bat of Alec Burleson in the second inning. X-rays were negative.

After getting hit, Suárez picked up the ball and threw to first to get the final out and then immediately winced. Suárez put his face in his glove, walked to the dugout and then headed back to the clubhouse after retiring all six batters he faced, striking out two.

“As soon as the ball hit me, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to continue,” he said, before joking. “I need to improve my pitches so that doesn’t happen again.”

Suárez has been pitching well. He began play Saturday second in the NL in ERA (1.75), first in opponents’ batting average (.171), first in WHIP (0.82) and sixth in strikeouts (77).

Turnbull (3-0), who started the season in the rotation while Taijuan Walker was out with shoulder injury, didn’t allow a hit and retired nine of 10 batters, with the only baserunner reaching on an error.

“Tremendous,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said.

Phillies relievers Orion Kerkering, Seranthony Dominguez and Gregory Soto followed Turnbull with three scoreless innings.

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