By Art Beitchman

Phillies ace lefty Ranger Suarez kept his smoking hot hurling going, beating the defending World Series champs Texas Rangers 5-2.

It’s his 9th consecutive win of the season, last done by a Phillies pitcher over 100 years ago!

The Phillies moved to 35-14 easily the best record in the Majors.

Jose Alvarado locked down the save on his birthday, giving himself and Phils fans another gift as this magical season keeps rolling with 2 more games against the Rangers at CBP.

Suárez is the first pitcher to start 9-0 with a sub-1.50 ERA through 10 starts since Hall of Famer Juan Marichal in 1966.

The only other AL/NL pitchers to do so since earned runs became official in 1912 are Hall of Famer Walter Johnson and Cy Falkenberg — both in 1913!

“It’s kind of mind-boggling, you know?” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said.

“The historic run that he’s been on, he’s just been pitching great. Knock on wood, he keeps it going.”

Suárez took a no-decision in his first start of the season against the Braves. He’s since won nine consecutive starts. The last Phillies pitcher to win nine straight starts at any point in a season: Earl Moore in 1910.

“He’s kind of old school in that he’s not going to light up the radar gun,” Thomson said. “But he’s going to command the baseball, he’s going to work fast, he’s going to change speeds — it’s just really fun for me to watch.”

The only other pitchers in AL/NL history to win nine straight games while giving up seven earned runs or fewer:

• Blake Snell (2018)
• Johan Santana (2004)
• Cal Eldred (1992)
• Gaylord Perry (1974)
• Steve Blass (1968)
• Bob Gibson (1968)
• Warren Spahn (1961)
• Hoyt Wilhelm (1959)

That list of eight pitchers includes four Hall of Famers (Perry, Gibson, Spahn and Wilhelm) and two other two-time Cy Young Award winners (Snell and Santana).

“I enjoy the results that we get, and I enjoy the wins we get as a team,” Suárez said. “But the next day after that, I forget about everything, because I have to focus on my next start.”

Odds to win NL Cy Young award 2024

Player DraftKings FanDuel bet365 Caesars
Phillies Zack Wheeler +300 +330 +350 +350
Cubs Shota Imanaga +400 +480 +400 +350
Phillies Ranger Suarez +550 +850 +800 +600
Dodgers Tyler Glasnow +600 +700 +650 +600
Braves Chris Sale +1,200 +1,000 +800 +700
Padres Dylan Cease +1,300 +1,200 +1,400 +1,000
Brewers Freddy Peralta +1,600 +2,000 +2,000 +1,800
Diamondbacks Zac Gallen +1,800 +2,000 +1,600 +2,200
Dodgers Yoshinobu Yamamoto +2,000 +2,200 +1,600 +2,200
Cardinals Sonny Gray +2,000 +3,000 +2,500 +2,500
Giants Logan Webb +2,000 +3,000 +2,500 +3,000
Braves Max Fried +2,500 +5,500 +4,000 +4,000
Phillies Aaron Nola +2,500 +2,500 +2,000 +2,200
Pirates Mitch Keller +4,000 +15,000 +12,500 +7,500
Padres Yu Darvish +4,000 +4,000 +5,000 +4,000
Pirates Jared Jones +4,000 +8,000 +10,000 +5,000
 Reds Hunter Greene +4,000 +5,500 +4,000 +5,000

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