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Phillies’ Trea Turner turns on jets to score important run, but it proves to be his exit

PHILADELPHIA – Trea Turner’s speed provided what proved to be the winning run in a 4-3 decision over San Francisco Friday night.

The Phillies hope it didn’t come at too high a price for their star shortstop.

Turner scored from second base in the bottom of the fourth on a passed ball four to Bryce Harper, the fleet-footed shortstop sliding in millimeters before the tag from pitcher Jordan Hicks. But Turner said he “felt it” a couple of steps before home plate and was replaced before the next half inning by Edmundo Sosa, exiting with what the team termed left hamstring soreness.

Manager Rob Thomson said that Turner would be reevaluated Saturday. He was concerned, as was Turner, who described it as “real sore” and estimated that he’ll need at least a couple of days to recuperate. But Turner was less worried after having consulted with the training staff.

“I’ve never really had anything like this to be honest with you,” said Turner, who had an IL stint with a hamstring issue in 2017 that he described as completely different. “They seem pretty positive in the training room, so I was pretty happy with that – or at least more positive than what I thought. I’m definitely feeling it, but we’ll take it day by day.”

Turner had two hits, raising his average to .343. He stole his 10th base of the season. He slapped a single to left with two outs in the fourth. He swiped second on a delayed steal, just getting his foot to the back corner of the bag before the throw. With Harper up and a big secondary lead, Turner took off when Hicks’ 3-2 splitter missed the zone and caromed off the glove of catcher Tom Murphy.

Turner reacted quickly around third, barely slowing on the turn. Hicks was late in covering the plate. The throw from Murphy, who replaced Patrick Bailey when the Giants starting catcher left with blurred vision in the second inning, was high, and Hicks’ tag hit Turner’s shin a beat after his foot had glanced the front corner of the plate. Review upheld the run, which put the Phillies up 4-2.

“I just felt like they were far from home plate,” Turner said. “I felt like it would’ve taken a great play to get me out. That’s how I saw it in my head, and just played baseball.”

“It was a great play, heads up,” Thomson said. “He noticed the pitcher wasn’t covering or was going to be late covering. It won us a ballgame.”

Turner avoided contact with both Hicks and Harper’s bat, left at the plate on ball four. But the damage was done before that.

Turner, not one for time in the training room, is going to push for it to be a short stay.

“I hate being hurt, and I promise you it’s not going to be fun for the training staff because I wear them out,” he said. “So they’ll want me on the field more than even I want to be on the field.”

The moment of hustle helped bail out the Phillies on a night when Aaron Nola struggled mightily. He needed just nine pitches in the first inning before a career-worst 46 in the second. He walked four batters in the frame; he had walked four batters in an outing only twice since the start of 2023.

Nola labored through four innings, minimizing damage with four hits and two runs allowed. He threw 89 pitches.

“They battled me, for sure,” Nola said. “They made me throw a lot of pitches tonight. I just didn’t feel too in synch tonight. I think the fourth inning felt the best of all of them.”

Thairo Estrada plated two runs with a double to right center in the second. Nola walked two more in the inning but got Jorge Soler to foul out to Realmuto near the Giants dugout with the bases loaded.

Nola allowed two singles to start the third, but Alec Bohm started a double play to extinguish the threat. Nola retired his last four batters, a string of 10 straight set down by Phillies pitching through the top of the sixth.

“He just kept grinding,” Thomson said. “He’s tough. He took one for the team tonight.”

The Phillies answered the marathon top of the second with a lengthy third. Hicks walked two and wasn’t helped by Matt Chapman’s second error of the game to open the inning, dropping a high pop behind third off the bat of Kyle Schwarber.

Bohm extended his hitting streak to 16 games with an RBI single. Brandon Marsh ripped a two-run single up the middle.

“That’s huge. He’s been coming through for us all year,” Marsh said of Bohm’s base knock. “Props to two-eight, that was big for us to get one on the board so we could get rolling.”

The Phillies backed Nola’s early exit with five relievers. Seranthony Dominguez arrested his recent struggles with a scoreless sixth, working around an error. He struck out one, hit 99 on his four-seam fastball and showed a little more break on his slider.

Dominguez, with an ERA of 9.58 entering, had just his seventh scoreless outing in his 13th appearance.

Orion Kerkering allowed his first run of the season thanks to three singles in the seventh, though one was a grounder to Bryson Stott at second where Stott was indecisive, allowing Jung Hoo Lee to reach. Kerkering induced a double play and stranded a runner at third when Michael Conforto flew out 360 feet to the wall in right.

Matt Strahm threw a clean fifth, as did Jeff Hoffman in striking out the side in the eighth. Jose Alvarado worked around Estrada’s lead-off single in the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.

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The big decision, of whether Spencer Turnbull or Cristopher Sanchez exits the starting rotation, was deferred to Saturday. But another significant one was foisted upon manager Rob Thomson Friday.

Yunior Marte landed on the injured list with inflammation in his right shoulder. Thomson said he doesn’t know a timetable on a return, but Marte is not headed for any procedures.

The contract of Jose Ruiz was selected.

Marte reported discomfort after pitching in San Diego last week. It resolved, then flared up against the Angels, where his normal high-90s fastball was down to 92. He threw 18 pitches Tuesday, allowing three hits, three runs and getting two outs.

Marte has been used heavily, with 12 outings for 13.1 innings over 32 games. The 29-year-old had a 2.70 ERA, with 12 Ks and five walks. Nine of his appearances were scoreless.

Ruiz has allowed two runs over 11 innings, with 13 strikeouts and three walks at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ruiz, 29, made his big league debut in 2017 with San Diego. He has a 4.51 ERA over 212 games in seven seasons with the Padres, White Sox and Arizona.

“Strike-throwing ability, the fastball is 96, 97,” Thomson said. “The slider is really good. And I think he’s got the heart to do it in Philadelphia. I really like him.”

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NOTES >> Johan Rojas was looked at by trainers between the first and second innings in the outfield but remained in the game. Said Thomson: “He got hit in a very private, male part playing catch in the outfield. I don’t know how it happened.” … Ranger Suarez was named National League Pitcher of the Month for April. Suarez went 5-0 with an ERA of 1.32 and a WHIP of 0.63. Those figures rank second and first in the league, respectively. He’s a big reason why the Phillies have 18 quality starts, including his complete-game shutout of the Rockies on April 16. … Bohm’s hitting streak is the second-longest in the majors this year, trailing only the 17 by Marcell Ozuna of Atlanta. … Strahm has a string of 12 straight scoreless appearances covering 12.2 innings. … Hoffman’s outing was his third with at least three strikeouts. He did that only twice last year in the regular season, both in multi-inning outings early in the his big-league stint, then once in the playoffs.

Source: Berkshire mont

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