WAKEUP CALL! PHILLIES’ BATS COME ALIVE IN 8-2 WIN OVER M’S!

By Sam Bush

Maikel Franco and Arron Altherr homered, Aaron Nola pitched seven effective innings and the visiting Phillies overcame an early deficit for an 8-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners last night.

Franco opened the seventh with his 10th homer to put the Phillies up 3-2. In the bottom half, he helped preserve the lead with a diving stab on Jean Segura’s hard-hit grounder to third with two runners on.

“As soon as I slid and made that play, I just got up and threw,” said Franco, who got a hug from Nola after the inning. “And it was not a perfect throw, but that was my play. Nola did a really good job. That’s the little things to win the ballgame. In that situation, bottom of the seventh, two outs, two guys on first and second, that was a big play.”

The Phillies made it 4-2 in the eighth on an RBI single by Freddy Galvis and then added four unearned runs in the ninth, capped by Altherr’s two-run drive for his 13th homer.

Nola (5-5) gave up five hits, including Segura’s two-run homer in the third. He struck out nine and walked four, both tying career highs, in a 113-pitch outing.

“He’s been pitching really well,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “His ball-to-strike ratio wasn’t the greatest but he just kept nibbling in the right spots, made pitches when he had to. He was really good. He walked four, but he struck out nine and really kept us in the game.”

The Phillies, who won for just the 11th time on the road against 31 losses, erased a 2-0 deficit in the fifth. They loaded the bases on a double by Franco, Cameron Perkins’ infield single and a walk to Cameron Rupp. Ty Kelly followed with a sacrifice fly to center, with Perkins advancing to third. Daniel Nava delivered a sacrifice fly to right.

Seattle threatened in the sixth when Ben Gamel walked and moved to third onRobinson Cano’s single. Nola escaped by striking out Nelson Cruz for the third time and enticing Kyle Seager into a double-play grounder.

“That was really big,” Nola said. “I had a few stressful innings right there and guys on the basepaths. Seager beat that curveball into the ground and we turned a big double play.”

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