9th-inning rally lifts Phillies over D-backs

9th-inning rally lifts Phillies over D-backs

PHOENIX -- The Phillies came from behind to beat the D-backs, 4-3, on Tuesday night at Chase Field, striking for a pair of runs in the ninth inning to win consecutive games for the first time since May 17-18 and clinch their first series victory since then as well.

"It's been May since we've done it, I think, and it was good to win, obviously," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "[Starter Jerad] Eickhoff just kept pitching himself in and out of trouble all day and he ended up with a pretty good outing."

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Franco shows offensive upside vs. D-backs

Franco shows offensive upside vs. D-backs

PHOENIX - There are games when Phillies' third baseman Maikel Franco shows off his potential. There are others when he shows his age.

On Tuesday, the 23-year-old did both, picking up a pair of hits -- including a crucial home run -- and striking out twice in his team's 4-3 victory against the D-backs to clinch the series win.

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Cozens, Pinto selected for Futures Game

Cozens, Pinto selected for Futures Game

PHOENIX - A pair of teammates at Double-A Reading will represent the Phillies at the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego.

Outfielder Dylan Cozens will suit up for the U.S. roster and right-handed pitcher Ricardo Pinto will do the same for the World team. Pinto and Cozens are the Phillies' Nos. 10 and 22 rated prospects by MLBPipeline.com.

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Phillies' pitchers already up to nine shutouts

Phillies' pitchers already up to nine shutouts

PHOENIX -- The Phillies have displayed flashes of dominance at times on the mound this season. They just haven't shown it enough times.

On Monday, Phillies' pitchers combined to throw their Major League leading ninth shutout of the season in the 8-0 victory against the D-backs at Chase Field.

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Hoskins among top prospect performers Tuesday

Twins' No. 1 prospect allows one hit in seven frames, Nats' No. 6 records career-high seven RBIs

Hoskins among top prospect performers Tuesday

Jose Berrios followed up his best start of the year with a no-hit bid and an outing that was equally impressive.

The No. 15 overall prospect took a no-hitter into the seventh, but lost it on a one-out double -- the lone hit he allowed in seven scoreless frames. Berrios threw 64 of his 96 pitches for strikes, walking three and striking out six.

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Workout accident results in eye injury for Imhof

Workout accident results in eye injury for Imhof

PHILADELPHIA -- Class A Advanced Clearwater left-hander Matt Imhof suffered a serious eye injury last week in Florida.

Imhof, 22, had a freak accident during a postgame workout at Brevard County's Space Coast Stadium, the team confirmed. A resistance band anchored to the wall broke loose and damaged his right eye.

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MacPhail encouraged by rate of Phils' rebuild

Team president says '15 acquisitions, prospects progressing in Minors

MacPhail encouraged by rate of Phils' rebuild

SAN FRANCISCO -- Wednesday is Andy MacPhail's one-year anniversary as the Phillies' president.

He spent his first four days on the job watching the Brewers sweep the Phillies in a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Sean O'Sullivan, Aaron Harang and Chad Billingsley started three of those games. Domonic Brown started three in right field.

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Velasquez dazzles in return from DL

Velasquez dazzles in return from DL

PHOENIX -- It wasn't Vince Velasquez's best start of the year. Nor was it likely the best outing he'll have before season's end. But it was certainly one the 24-year-old knew was critical.

After spending the last three weeks on the disabled list, Velasquez pitched five strong innings in an 8-0 win over the D-backs on Monday night at Chase Field.

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Phillies' big inning, Velasquez sink D-backs

Phillies' big inning, Velasquez sink D-backs

PHOENIX -- When the Phillies hosted the D-backs for four games a week ago, their offense struggled. That certainly wasn't the case Monday night in the series opener of a three-game set between the two teams at Chase FIeld.

Philadelphia pounded out 16 hits in an 8-0 win. Maikel Franco had three RBIs, Cesar Hernandez drove in a pair of runs, and Odubel Herrera collected four hits at the top of the order. The Phillies scored more runs than they did in that four-game series against the D-backs (five runs).

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Cozens among top prospect performers Monday

Cubs' No. 3 and No. 6 prospects combine to go 5-for-6 with 7 RBIs

Cozens among top prospect performers Monday

A pair of Top 100 Cubs prospects shined on Monday for Double-A Tennessee as Ian Happ and Billy McKinney combined to go 5-for-6 at the plate with seven RBIs to lead the Smokies past Pensacola, 12-1, in a rain-shortened game.

Happ, No. 67 overall on the Top 100, hit his ninth home run and drove in three runs in what was his third straight three-hit game for Tennessee. The 21-year-old second baseman and Cubs' No. 3 prospect owns an absurd .733/.706/1.267 slash line with two home runs, two doubles and six RBIs through five games since his promotion from Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach, where he hit .296/.410/.475 with 26 extra-base hits, 42 RBIs and 10 steals in 69 contests.

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Talking 'Game of Thrones,' and more with Phillies' No. 1 prospect J.P. Crawford

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Talking 'Game of Thrones,' and more with Phillies' No. 1 prospect J.P. Crawford

The Phillies have a bright future, and one of the main reasons for that is shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford.

Ranked No. 1 on MLB Pipeline's breakdown of the Phils' top young talent (and No. 3 in all of MiLB), the Long Beach-born Crawford -- the No. 16 pick in the 2013 MLB Draft -- is currently with Triple-A Lehigh Valley as he continues his ascent through the Minors. On Monday, Crawford took a few minutes out of his day for a Facebook Live chat with Cespedes Family BBQ's Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman on MLB's Facebook page as the duo continued their already quite entertaining Minor League road trip across the country.

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Return to Arizona a homecoming for Joseph

Return to Arizona a homecoming for Joseph

PHOENIX -- Tommy Joseph was 10 years old when his favorite team, the D-backs, won the World Series.

He grew up rooting for the team that joined the Major Leagues as an expansion club when he was 6. He even played in a game at Chase Field during his standout career at Horizon High School in nearby Scottsdale.

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Time running out to support Phils on All-Star ballot

Cards' Molina, Giants' Posey only about 5,000 votes apart; balloting ends Thursday

Time running out to support Phils on All-Star ballot

Entering the final hours of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, it seems increasingly likely that Major League Baseball's tradition of surprising late-surge selections will continue as fans decide the starting position players for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on July 12 in San Diego.

In the National League, there is now a virtual dead heat at catcher between to-date leader Yadier Molina of the Cardinals and surging Buster Posey of the Giants, while the Cubs' seemingly once-certain bounty of having five starters at Petco Park might be reduced to as few as two if leads keep disintegrating at this rate for infielders Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.

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Medina takes no-hit bid into final frame for Crosscutters

Phillies' No. 16 prospect turns in his longest professional start in shutout

Medina takes no-hit bid into final frame for Crosscutters

It's been some start to the season for Adonis Medina.

With a pair of scoreless starts already under his belt for Class A Short Season Williamsport, Medina, flirted with a no-hitter on Monday night against Auburn before allowing a single to Daniel Johnson with one out in the ninth inning. The Phillies' No. 16 prospect subsequently was relieved on the mound by left-hander Jeff Singer, who recorded the final two outs to seal a 5-0 shutout for the Crosscutters.

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Phillies scrap back before falling in walk-off

Phillies scrap back before falling in walk-off

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants took an uphill climb to grab a share of the Major League lead in victories, striving to win their 49th game with an 8-7 decision Sunday over the Philadelphia Phillies.

This series finale resembled a basketball game as the score was tied at 1, 5, 6, and 7 runs apiece. Conor Gillaspie broke the final deadlock with one out in the ninth by lining a double to right field off Phillies reliever Severino Gonzalez (0-1). It scored Ramiro Pena, whose double into the right-field corner immediately preceded Gillaspie's hit.

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Hoskins on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Hoskins on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The 32nd overall pick in the 2013 Draft, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hit everywhere he went until he reached Triple-A at the end of last June. He batted just .224/.308/.373 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the second half of last season, then put up .230/.292/.387 numbers there in the first two months of 2016.

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Nola, Phillies seeking answers for struggles

Nola, Phillies seeking answers for struggles

SAN FRANCISCO -- Is there reason to be alarmed?

Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola's career had gone almost perfectly since the organization selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 Draft. He posted a 3.12 ERA through his first 25 starts in the big leagues, using pinpoint command to elevate his status in the Phillies' rotation. But Nola has misfired wildly in his last four starts, including Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park, going 0-3 with a 15.23 ERA.

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Phillies Minor League review: June 20-26

Phillies Minor League review: June 20-26

Players of the Week

Player -- CF Carlos Tocci, Clearwater… Tocci, 20, batted .515 (17-33) with three doubles, six RBI, two walks, a stolen base, six runs scored, a .543 on-base percentage and 1.149 OPS in seven games. He hit safely in all seven of those contests, extending his season-long hit streak to 10. Tocci had multiple hits five times last week, including a career-best five-hit effort on June 26 vs Daytona (5-6, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R). He is the first Threshers' player to record five hits in a game since 2013. Tocci, a Venezuela native, was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on August 23, 2011.

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Morgan staying with Phillies as reliever

With Velasquez activated, Araujo sent to Triple-A

Morgan staying with Phillies as reliever

SAN FRANCISCO -- Adam Morgan is out of the Phillies' rotation, but he has landed in the bullpen.

The Phillies announced after Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park that they had activated right-hander Vince Velasquez (5-2, 3.65 ERA) from the 15-day disabled list. He had been on the DL since earlier this month because of a strained right biceps. He will start Monday's series opener in Arizona.

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Thompson, Tocci among top prospect performers Sunday

Rays No. 9 prospect allows two hits in six scoreless frames in Triple-A debut

Thompson, Tocci among top prospect performers Sunday

Jacob Faria took the next step toward reaching the Major Leagues on Sunday with an impressive debut for Triple-A Durham.

The Rays' No. 9 prospect fired six innings of two-hit ball as the Bulls fell to Lehigh Valley, 3-2, in 10 innings. He walked one, struck out six and generated seven ground-ball outs, throwing 52 of his 82 pitches for strikes.

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Phillies not moving Herrera out of center field

Pregame work in right designed to increase concentration

Phillies not moving Herrera out of center field

SAN FRANCISCO -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said nobody should read into Odubel Herrera taking fly balls in right field Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park.

He said it's not a wakeup call. He said Herrera is not going anywhere.

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Phillies best Bumgarner with 3-run 7th

Phillies best Bumgarner with 3-run 7th

SAN FRANCISCO -- For four innings, Madison Bumgarner had a no-hitter in sight. Though that prospect dissolved, a shutout seemed possible, or at least a Giants victory.

However, all of this ultimately eluded Bumgarner as Cameron Rupp's two-run homer capped a three-run seventh inning Saturday for the Philadelphia Phillies, who prevailed, 3-2. The Giants (48-28) missed a chance to pass the Chicago Cubs as the Major Leagues' winningest team.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Ramos creating optimism for late-inning work

Phillies rookie strikes out two in clutch seventh vs. Giants

Ramos creating optimism for late-inning work

SAN FRANCISCO -- The moment the Phillies traded Ken Giles in December, more than a few Phillies fans wondered about the future of the ninth inning.

Who the heck would close?

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Rupp gets to Bumgarner with huge homer

Rupp gets to Bumgarner with huge homer

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cameron Rupp crushed it.

But it is whom he crushed his two-run home run against in the seventh inning Saturday night in a 3-2 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park that made it more impressive. Rupp mashed a 3-2 fastball to center field against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who had not allowed more than three earned runs in a start since April 15.

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Ruiz's game-calling earns him playing time

Ruiz's game-calling earns him playing time

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cameron Rupp is quietly establishing himself as a piece of the Phillies' future.

He entered Saturday night's game against the Giants at AT&T Park hitting .269 with 14 doubles, one triple, six home runs, 21 RBIs and a .773 OPS in 46 games. He was tied for fifth among big league catchers in OPS and is tied for fourth in slugging percentage (.468). And that was before he hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the Phillies' 3-2 victory over the Giants.

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Joseph's visit to SF brings career full circle

Phillies first baseman appreciates playing vs. Giants, who drafted him

Joseph's visit to SF brings career full circle

SAN FRANCISCO -- Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph was ruled out of Thursday's game against the Minnesota Twins because of a cold. But, as Joseph noted before Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants, it was going to take much more than a minor illness to keep him from playing this weekend against the club that drafted him.

"I was going to do everything I could to be healthy when I got here," Joseph said. "This series means a lot to me. I'm always going to have something special for the Giants because they're the first organization to give me the opportunity to play professional baseball."

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Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No. 1 overall pick Moniak getting feet wet in GCL

Outfielder getting accustomed to wooden bats, better pitching

No. 1 overall pick Moniak getting feet wet in GCL

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Mickey Moniak spent several minutes signing autographs and posing for pictures Saturday morning at the Carpenter Complex. He was halfway to the clubhouse when he heard a voice behind him.

"Hey, Mickey, time for one more?"

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Phils drop nail-biter in San Francisco

Phils drop nail-biter in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are riding their best 40-game stretch in 62 years. The Phillies have lost 10 of their last 11. Though the clubs appear to be heading in opposite directions, they crossed paths in extremely entertaining fashion Friday night at AT&T Park.

San Francisco seemed to seal another victory with a four-run outburst in the seventh inning, which featured Brandon Belt's three-run double. But the Phillies scored twice in the eighth and loaded the bases in the ninth with two outs before the Giants finally emerged with a 5-4 triumph.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Eflin pitching his way into permanent starting gig

Eflin pitching his way into permanent starting gig

SAN FRANCISCO -- It sounds like Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin locked up at least a few more starts in the big leagues.

The Phillies' No. 13 prospect allowed one unearned run in six innings Friday night in a 5-4 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park. After he allowed a run in the first inning, he gave up just three hits the rest of the way. And after allowing nine runs in 2 2/3 innings in his big league debut June 14 in Toronto, Eflin has a 1.54 ERA (two earned runs in 11 2/3 innings) in two starts since.

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Velasquez discusses possible innings limit

Velasquez discusses possible innings limit

SAN FRANCISCO -- Vince Velasquez rejoined the Phillies on Friday at AT&T Park, and he is expected to start Monday in Arizona.

But how will the right-hander be handled the rest of the season?

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