Gibson excels in Phils debut; Realmuto, Harper pound Pirates

Aug 1, 2021, 2:09 AM | Updated: 2:51 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kyle Gibson pitched into the seventh inning in his Phillies debut and got plenty of support as Philadelphia avoided a series sweep by pounding the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-4 on Sunday.

J.T. Realmuto got five of the Phillies’ 20 hits, with two doubles and four RBIs. Bryce Harper hit three of Philadelphia’s nine doubles and Jean Segura doubled twice and drove in three runs.

The Phillies got Gibson (7-3) and pitcher Ian Kennedy from Texas in a deadline deal Friday for rookie right-hander Spencer Howard and two other pitching prospects. A first-time All-Star this season, the 33-year-old righty had lost his last three starts for the Rangers, giving up 15 earned runs on 22 hits and 12 walks in 17 1/3 innings.

But Gibson looked fine against the Pirates, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out five in 6 2/3 innings. He retired the first eight batters before walking Pirates pitcher Mitch Keller in the third.

The Phillies, who had lost four of five, are 3 1/2 games back of the first-place New York Mets in the NL East.

Realmuto had a two-run single as the Phillies scored five times in the eighth on two hits and five walks for a 13-2 lead. They tacked on two more runs as Pirates first baseman John Nogowski pitched the ninth.

Harper and Realmuto each scored three times and Didi Gregorius had three hits and drove in three runs. Harper doubled in three straight plate appearances — it was his first three-double game since 2018 for Washington against the Phillies.

Keller (3-8) allowed four runs in five innings during his first start in the majors since June 10 following a stint with Triple-A Indianapolis.

After retiring 11 of 12 batters, Gibson gave up a double to Hoy Park with one out in the seventh. It was Park’s first major league hit. Gibson was pulled when Park scored on a sacrifice fly from Kevin Newman, cutting it to 8-2.

Michael Perez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the Pirates ninth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: LHP Steven Brault will return to Pittsburgh this week. He has been on the 60-day injured list with a left lat strain since April 1.

UP NEXT

Phillies: LHP Ranger Suárez (5-3, 1.12 ERA) will take the mound Monday for the first of a four-game series at Washington. Suárez will move to the rotation after allowing nine runs (five earned) in 40 1/3 innings out of the bullpen this season.

Pirates: RHP Bryse Wilson (2-3, 4.83) will make his Pittsburgh debut Monday, starting the first of a three-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers. Wilson was acquired from the Atlanta Braves on Friday as part of a package for RHP Richard Rodriguez.

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