MLB roundup: Phillips hits winning HR in Sox debut

September 5, 2018 Atlanta: Boston Red Sox Brandon Phillips gets dunked after hitting a 2-run homer to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-8 during the 9th inning in a MLB baseball game on Wednesday, Sept 5, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Phillips hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning, highlighting his long-awaited season debut and capping the Boston Red Sox’s biggest comeback of the season in a 9-8 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

The Red Sox overcame a late six-run deficit to sweep the three-game series between division leaders.

Majors-leading Boston scored six times in the eighth to make it 7-all. After Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer with two outs in the Braves eighth, the Red Sox bounced back for their 97th win.

The 37-year-old Phillips sat out the first half of this year, signed a minor league contract with Boston in late June and was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. He didn’t play that night, but started at second base in the final game of the interleague set.

INDIANS 3, ROYALS 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber became the first 18-game winner in the majors this season, striking out 10 in Cleveland’s victory over Kansas City.

The Indians moved closer to the third straight AL Central title, reducing their magic number for clinching the division to nine.

Kluber (18-7) allowed one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was pulled after 105 pitches. Cleveland used three relievers to complete the two-hitter. Brad Hand struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save since being acquired San Diego and 32nd this season.

Jason Kipnis had the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth and two hits.

Brad Keller (7-6) lost for the first time since Aug. 7.

Mets 7, Dodgers 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Wheeler stayed in the game after getting hit in the chest by a line drive, pitching seven sharp innings to lead New York over Los Angeles.

Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger homered for the playoff-contending Dodgers, who lost for third time in their past 12 games. Los Angeles finished with three hits.

Pirates 3, Reds 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon pitched five effective innings and helped send Homer Bailey to yet another loss as Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati to sweep its three-game series.

Taillon (12-9) allowed only one run as he scattered eight hits and walked none while striking out six. He is 5-2 with a 2.56 ERA in his last eight starts.

Marlins 2, Phillies 1

MIAMI (AP) — Right-hander Sandy Alcantara pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning in his second career start, Austin Dean drove in a pair of runs and Miami beat Philadelphia.

Alcantara (2-0) allowed three hits, walked two and struck out six.

Blue Jays 10, Rays 3

TORONTO (AP) — Aledmys Diaz hit a three-run homer in a seven-run first inning, Aaron Sanchez won for the first time in three months and Toronto beat Tampa Bay to prevent a three-game sweep.

Billy McKinney added a solo homer as Toronto had 16 hits and improved to 3-9 against the Rays this season.

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