Philadelphia — Kyle Schwarber and Nick Matton helped the Philadelphia Phillies clinch a five-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
Phillies star Bryce Harper was a late scraper from the lineup due to right forearm soreness, and second baseman Jean Segura was ruled out for up to three months with a broken right index finger.
Phillies coach Joe Girardi said he hopes to see Harper return to the squad on Friday for Philadelphia’s next game.
“We’re still a really good team,” Schwarber said. “Obviously we want (Harper) in the lineup. I think we did a really good job tonight. It was a real offensive baseball.”
Mattoon, Segura’s replacement at second base, also had the RBI bunt solo as he avoided a three-game Philadelphia sweep and won only the fifth time in 17 games while likely quieting calls for Girardi’s job — at least for now.
“I think we really needed to win,” Gerardi said of the win.
Wilmer Flores hit Homer from three runs to the giants.
Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola (3-4) was sailing until he allowed five runs in the sixth inning. Velez snapped him at the bottom of the frame opposite loyalist Garleen Garcia (1-2).
Mattoon, called up from Triple-A before the match, single-handedly hit Homer on the right to pull the Phillies down within 5-4. It was the first earned win allowed Garcia this season after he set a club record tying 17 consecutive appearances without giving up one and 22 consecutive outings without an earned win going back to last season.
“I don’t think his slider had much of a sting,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said of Garcia. “Today was hiccups.”
After Kriston Stott singles out, Schwarber fired a 3-0 fastball into the wall at the right to put Philadelphia ahead 6-5.
“It was amazing,” Nola said. “Some big hits, some big creeps. That was fun. Hopefully tonight is the start of something good.”
Corey Nebel, who dumped the hosts on their back-to-back appearances, made the ninth 1-2-3 in his ninth block on 12 chances.
The Giants had come out of a 2-0 hole by five runs in the first half from NOLA.
The doubles got from Donovan Walton and Jason Vosler to start the tour over San Francisco on the board. Singles Tommy La Stella, Nola hit Mike Jastrzymski with a pitch, and Flores drilled 0-1, 77 mph into the seats in the left to lead 5-2.
“He (Nola) was sailing because he was doing all his shows,” Kapler said. “Then our guys started playing better and hitting the pitches.”
The sudden turn caused the displeasure of many in the 22,213 crowd, with some loudly shouting that Gerardi had managed his last game in Philadelphia. The Phillies manager is under scrutiny as a team with a club record payroll and high expectations for pre-season that has continued to slide out of competition. Philadelphia has been 12 games behind the Mets’ leading team in the Premier League.
Fans left cheering when Nebel hit Kurt Casale to end the competition.
“This is a great way to go on a day off,” Girardi said.
Giants player Carlos Rodon went five rounds, allowed two rounds—one earned—six hits with six hits and one walk.
The Giants: INF Evan Longoria (Right Shoulder Soreness) wasn’t in the starting line-up but struck a blow in eighth. … Austin Slater (left carpalitis) qualifies to return from Thursday’s injured list. He traveled with the team to Philadelphia and took batting practice. …of Stephen Duggar (left oblique strain), who has been out since April 22, begins his rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday.
Phillies: Harper was the team’s designated hitter after being diagnosed with a small tear in his right elbow, which he sustained with a right-field throw in April. The two-time top player had a platelet-rich plasma injection into his injured right elbow on May 15 and then missed the next five matches to recover. He’s been back in the lineup ever since and was in the original Girardi lineup on Wednesday. Harper, who last played on the field on April 16, hits 0.303 with 10 pub owners and 32 RBI in 45 games. …Segura was injured while trying to strike in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s 7-4 11-inning loss to the Giants. He will have surgery early Friday and will miss 10 to 12 weeks.
Giants: Open a four-game series in Miami on Thursday night. LHP giants Alex Wood (3-4, 4.81) opposes Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara (5-2, 2.00).
Phillies: After a day off, host the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game series starting Friday. Neither team announced the start.