Pirates halt Phillies’ five-game win streak in 6-0 victory
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies starter Hans Crouse gave up a home run to Cole Tucker on his first major league pitch and Philadelphia’s playoff hopes took a hit Sunday with a 6-0 loss to Max Kranick and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Phillies, who had won five in a row, began the day trailing NL East-leading Atlanta by 1 1/2 games. Philadelphia visits the Braves for a three-game series starting Tuesday night.
Bryce Harper and Philadelphia finished the home portion of their schedule with a record of 47-34.
Crouse (0-1) began his big league career with a fastball that Tucker hit into the right field seats for his first home run of the season.
The Phillies chose to call up Crouse from the minor leagues rather than throw an actual bullpen game. The 23-year-old right gave up two hits and walked four in three innings.
Crouse was acquired by the Phillies at the trade deadline from the Texas Rangers along with Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy for pitcher Spencer Howard.
Kranick (2-3) went five innings and combined with four relievers on a six-hitter.
Kranick, who in July became the first pitcher in 127 years to throw five perfect innings in his major league debut, had a second straight solid start after being recalled from the minors a week earlier. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out five.
Chasen Shreve, David Bednar, Nick Mears and Chris Stratton shut down the Phillies over the final four innings, allowing just two singles. Pirates pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts, including six in the last three innings.
Ke’Bryan Hayes had a pinch-hit double that scored a pair of runs and Yoshi Tsutsugo drove in a pair of runs as Pittsburgh ended a three-game losing streak.