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Newcomer Bruce homers twice, drives in 6 to beat Padres

Reuters | Updated: 05-06-2019 11:57 IST | Created: 05-06-2019 11:01 IST
Newcomer Bruce homers twice, drives in 6 to beat Padres
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Jay Bruce wasted little time in making his presence felt with the Philadelphia Phillies. Two days after being acquired by the Phillies from Seattle, Bruce hit two home runs, doubled and equaled his career-high with six RBIs Tuesday night to lead the struggling Phillies to a 9-6 win over the host San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The Phillies snapped a five-game losing streak. Earlier Tuesday, they learned that center fielder Andrew McCutchen will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Bruce made his Phillies debut Monday night when McCutchen left the game. Bruce started on Tuesday and went 3-for-4, including his 15th and 16th homers of the season and three runs scored.

Seven homers were hit in the game. Scott Kingery and pinch-hitter Maikel Franco added solo homers for the Phillies. Franmil Reyes hit two tape-measure blasts (426 and 438 feet) off the batter's eye in center for the Padres, and Eric Hosmer added a two-run shot off Edgar Garcia in the Padres' three-run eighth.

Both of Bruce's homers were notable. His two-run shot in the fourth erased a 2-1 Padres lead and put the Phillies ahead for good. That homer was also the front end of a set of back-to-back homers against rookie Padres starter Chris Paddack (4-4). Scott Kingery followed with his fourth homer of the season. Bruce's second homer, off left-handed reliever Brad Wieck, was also the ninth grand slam of his career and shot the Phillies to an 8-2 lead.

Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff started for the Phillies and allowed three runs on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks over six innings to even his record at 3-3. Closer Hector Neris got his 11th save. Paddack allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks in 4 1/3 innings. Paddack has allowed five homers in his last two starts with a set of back-to-back homers in both outings.


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