NEW YORK (AP) Maikel Franco’s parents and brother were in the ballpark for his latest big game at Yankee Stadium. By now, everyone in baseball must be taking notice of Philadelphia’s rookie bopper.
Franco homered again and had five RBIs for the second straight night in the Bronx, snapping a ninth-inning tie with a two-run double Tuesday that sent the Phillies to an 11-6 victory over the New York Yankees.
”I’m just in a great moment right now,” Franco said after becoming the first Phillies hitter to knock in five runs in consecutive games since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920.
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Franco lofted a three-run shot to the short porch in right field and Cameron Rupp hit his first major league homer for the Phillies, who handed lights-out reliever Dellin Betances his first career loss in 110 appearances.
Philadelphia, which began the night with the worst record and fewest runs in the majors, has scored 31 while winning three in a row for the first time since a six-game streak May 13-18.
Garrett Jones, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez homered for New York, which had won 11 of 12 at home before giving up 34 runs in losing its last three.
It’s the third time the Yankees have allowed at least 11 runs in three straight games – the previous occasion was in 2000. They have never done so in four consecutive games, according to STATS.
”It’s not enjoyable to watch and it’s not enjoyable to be a part of,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Pitching for the first time in six days, Betances (4-1) entered in the eighth with a runner on second and struck out consecutive batters to keep it tied.
Ben Revere opened the ninth with a double, and Cesar Hernandez was hit by a pitch while squaring to bunt. With the runners going, Franco hit a one-hop smash over the glove of Headley as he moved in to cover third.
Betances plunked another hitter before Andres Blanco lined a bases-loaded triple off Nick Rumbelow, who was making his big league debut.
It was the first time Betances allowed multiple runs in an outing since April 29, 2014. He was charged with four in one inning after bringing a 0.26 ERA into the game.
”I like to get in there as much as I can, but there’s no excuses,” Betances said. ”They got the best of me today.”
Franco went 4 for 5 with two homers and five RBIs on Monday night in his first game at Yankee Stadium. The 22-year-old slugger, hit by a pitch in the seventh Tuesday, has 10 home runs since May 17 and is 6 for 8 with five runs and a walk in the first two games of this series.
”Using the whole field,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. ”Right now he’s a pretty good force right in the middle of the lineup.”
Hernandez had three hits – including an RBI double. Ken Giles (3-1) fanned three in a scoreless eighth in a game that took 3 hours, 45 minutes, following a rain delay of 1 hour, 21 minutes, at the start.
The teams had a 13-hour respite before the series finale Wednesday afternoon.
Headley and Rodriguez hit consecutive homers off starter Sean O’Sullivan to begin the fifth. Headley’s 100th career long ball ended a drought of 105 at-bats since May 25.
Carlos Beltran chased O’Sullivan with a one-out double and scored the tying run on Chris Young’s two-out double off Elvis Araujo.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia squandered a 3-1 lead in the fourth, when the Phillies put up five runs on a pair of homers for their highest-scoring inning this season.
It was the eighth time in his 12 losses and no-decisions this year that Sabathia coughed up a lead, STATS said.
”We need him to do his job,” Girardi said.
Phillies: After the game, slumping 2B Chase Utley was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right ankle.
Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira missed his second consecutive game because of a stiff neck, but hopes to play Wednesday. Teixeira was given an injection Monday. ”If he comes in tomorrow and he’s not better, you probably start to worry a little bit,” Girardi said. … New York closer Andrew Miller (left forearm) plans to play catch Wednesday.
Phillies: Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.96 ERA) tries to pitch Philadelphia to a three-game sweep. He missed his previous turn Friday with a strained right hamstring. ”He’s supposed to be fine. He had a real good bullpen session. He feels good,” Sandberg said. ”And the little extra days off, he should be really fired up and ready to go.”
Yankees: Ivan Nova returns to the mound nearly 14 months after Tommy John surgery. The right-hander is 40-22 with a 4.20 ERA in his career.