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Rookie's first home run gives Phillies a victory

by The Associated Press | June 10, 2021 at 2:13 a.m.
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea delivers against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

PHILADELPHIA -- Luke Williams walked Philadelphia off with his first big league home run, hitting a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Phillies over the Atlanta Braves 2-1 Wednesday night.

"Pretty incredible," Williams said. "I'm still trying to figure it all out."

The Phillies had just four hits and made 15 consecutive outs before Andrew McCutchen drew a one-out walk off Will Smith (1-5) in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Brad Miller popped out to second, bringing up Williams, who was promoted from Class AAA Lehigh Valley on Tuesday for his first taste of the majors.

Williams drove an 0-1 slider over the wall in left. It was the 24-year-old's first home run in an affiliated game since connecting on Aug. 23, 2019 for Class AA Reading.

"People went crazy," Manager Joe Girardi said. "He got like three ice baths; he won't have to ice after the game, that's for sure. It's why this game is so much fun -- and can be so heartbreaking at times."

It has been quite a week for Williams, who helped Team USA clinch a spot in the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday night. He went 8 for 18 with a home run during the tournament before relinquishing his spot on the Olympic team due to his big-league call-up.

The walkoff was the second of Williams' life, with the last one winning a travel ball tournament prior to his senior year of high school.

"I thought that was pretty cool," he said. "To do it in the big leagues is indescribable."

CUBS 3, PADRES 1 Joc Pederson and Sergio Alcantara homered, and Jake Arrieta threw five strong innings for Chicago, which beat former teammate Yu Darvish and San Diego.

REDS 7, BREWERS 3 Vladimir Gutierrez pitched seven effective innings, Tyler Stephenson drove in three runs and Cincinnati stopped Milwaukee's five-game win streak.

ROCKIES 4, MARLINS 3 Raimel Tapia hit two doubles, singled and scored twice, and Colorado earned a rare road victory, beating Miami.

DODGERS 2, PIRATES 1 Justin Turner hit two home runs and Los Angeles got 71/3 scoreless innings from its bullpen in a rain-delayed victory over Pittsburgh.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

ASTROS 8, RED SOX 3 Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman homered to help Jake Odorizzi pick up his first win since 2019, and Houston rolled past Boston.

MARINERS 9, TIGERS 6 (11) Jake Fraley made a game-saving catch in the ninth inning, then drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th to lead Seattle over Detroit.

YANKEES 9, TWINS 6 Gerrit Cole pitched six sharp innings and Giancarlo Stanton hit two of New York's four home runs in a win over Minnesota.

ANGELS 6, ROYALS 1 Anthony Rendon and Kean Wong each drove in two runs as Los Angeles defeated Kansas City.

BLUE JAYS 6, WHITE SOX 2 Randal Grichuk hit a home run and Toronto took advantage of a season-high four errors by Chicago as well as a bases-loaded walk to beat the White Sox.

INTERLEAGUE

METS 14, ORIOLES 1 Kevin Pillar and Billy McKinney each homered twice, and New York beat Matt Harvey decisively for the second time this season, routing Baltimore.

RANGERS 4, GIANTS 3 (11) Brock Holt hit a game-ending single with two outs in the 11th inning and Texas beat San Francisco.

ATHLETICS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 0 Sean Manaea pitched six innings of two-hit ball, and Oakland handed Arizona its 19th consecutive road loss, the longest such streak in major league baseball since 1985.

NATIONALS 9, RAYS 7 (11) Starlin Castro drove in a run with a double during a two-run 11th inning and Washington beat Tampa Bay.

CARDINALS 8, INDIANS 2 Adam Wainwright allowed two runs in seven innings, Tyler O'Neill homered twice and St. Louis snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Cleveland.

Wednesday’s games

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Chicago Cubs 3, San Diego 1

Philadelphia 2, Atlanta 1

Cincinnati 7, Milwaukee 3

LA Dodgers 2, Pittsburgh 1

Colorado 4, Miami 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Houston 8, Boston 3

Seattle at Detroit, (n)

NY Yankees 9, Minnesota 6

Toronto 6, Chicago White Sox 2

LA Angels 6, Kansas City 1

INTERLEAGUE

Texas 4, San Francisco 3 (11)

Oakland 4, Arizona 0

NY Mets 14, Baltimore 1

Washington 9, Tampa Bay 7 (11)

St. Louis 8, Cleveland 2

Oakland Athletics' Mark Canha, left, scores a run past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, right, on a sacrifice fly by Matt Olson during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Oakland Athletics' Mark Canha, left, scores a run past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, right, on a sacrifice fly by Matt Olson during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Peacock, center, has his throwing hand checked by the teams trainer during the second inning against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. Matt Peacock left the game. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Peacock, center, has his throwing hand checked by the teams trainer during the second inning against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. Matt Peacock left the game. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Peacock, left, leaves the game against the Oakland Athletics with an injury to his throwing hand during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Peacock, left, leaves the game against the Oakland Athletics with an injury to his throwing hand during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Tim Locastro hits a single against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Tim Locastro hits a single against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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