Phillies, Harper slip past Giants 6-5

The Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper takes his swings in the on deck circle as he prepares to face San Francisco Giants pitching at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Tue Apr 20, 2021 (@Phillies photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper tied Wednesday’s game against San Francisco with a home run, then scored the game-winning run on Andrew Knapp’s ninth-inning single, as the Phillies edged the Giants 6-5 at Citizen’s Bank Park.

In the bottom of the ninth, Harper started the final rally by drawing a walk off Giants reliever Wandy Peralta (2-1). Harper moved to second on a one-out single by Brad Miller and scored the game-winner when Knapp singled to left-center.

Hector Neris (1-1) struck out two in the top of the ninth and picked up the win.

Harper tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to right-center off Camilo Doval. The Giants had taken a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh on Alex Dickerson’s RBI single to center. Earlier in the inning, pinch-hitter Darin Ruf hit a three-run home run to center, measured at 415 feet.

Philadelphia led 4-1 in the sixth after Nick Maton’s run-scoring single to left. Buster Posey scored San Francisco’s first run when Mauricio Dubon hit into a fielder’s choice in the top of the fifth.

Mickey Moniak’s three-run home run to left-center put the Phils up 3-0 in the second inning.

Miller went 4-for-5 to lead the Phillies’ 12-hit attack, while Dickerson was 3-for-4 for San Francisco. Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin worked six innings, giving up one earned run on seven hits, and struck out three without a walk. Anthony DeSclafani, the Giants starter, struck out five and walked two while giving up three runs on five hits in four innings.

The Giants return home on Thursday to start a four-game series against Miami. Probables are Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 2.45) for San Francisco, while the Marlins will start Daniel Castano (0-0, 1.80).

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