Florimon gives Phillies win to close road trip

August 20th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- delivered the biggest hit of the Phillies' three-run seventh Sunday, squeaking a two-run single to right field off Giants reliever , giving the Phillies back-to-back wins to cap their West Coast road trip. delivered six innings of two-run ball while brought home the game-tying run to help the Phillies knock off the Giants, 5-2.

, and Florimon each had two hits for the Phillies. Lively, who earned his first Major League win against the Giants earlier this season, struck out four batters and gave up an RBI single in the fifth to Giants starter , disqualifying Lively from another win against the Giants.

"Everyone is getting an opportunity," Lively said about the Phillies' young players. "A lot of people are making the best of their opportunities. That fires me up more than anything."

Strickland took his first loss since June 15 after surrendering five consecutive singles to the heart of the Phillies' lineup. He escaped the jam when Williams was thrown out attempting to score on a throw from Giants right fielder .

"He just made some mistakes with the fastball," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Strickland. "He gave up some two-strike hits there. That's usually command that gets you there. You give them credit. They battled the last three innings."

With the loss, the Giants became the first team this season to be eliminated from a division race.

"I think we've known that we've been far back for a while," Giants catcher said. "So I think it's pretty irrelevant."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

High drama: came to the plate in the eighth with the bases loaded and the Giants facing a two-run deficit. A batter earlier, Phillies reliever hit Posey in the back with the first pitch of his at-bat to load the bases. Posey moved onto the grass and stared down Neris as he headed to first base. With tensions high, Sandoval struck out after seeing five consecutive four-seam fastballs.

Later, Posey said unequivocally he believed Neris hit him intentionally. He wasn't sure why.

"I'm pretty certain that he hit me on purpose," Posey said. "It's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat. He's got good stuff. I guess he didn't feel like he could get me out."

Neris disputed Posey's position, saying he was surprised by Posey's accusation. Others in the Phillies' clubhouse also could not believe Posey's comments.

"No chance," Neris said. "I didn't want to put the game on the line. … I don't want to hit anybody in that situation. It's stupid because nobody watched that and said, 'He hit him on purpose in that situation.'"

Posey out at home: The Giants appeared on the verge of a big inning in the second when Posey doubled to the left-center wall and Sandoval drew a walk. then singled and San Francisco third-base coach Phil Nevin waived Posey home. But Florimon -- playing just his second Major League game in the outfield -- hurled a bullet home to catcher Alfaro, who applied the tag before grounded into a double play.

"I made a good throw," Florimon said. "I said right away, 'He's going to be out.'"

QUOTABLE

"I guess I just didn't notice. But we were pretty talented down there and I think it's good for this organization to have that kind of burst of energy. Hopefully it carries over to the homestand." -- , on the former Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs making key contributions in the victory

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS

Hoskins' solo homer in the ninth gave him five homers in his first 11 games. The last Phillies player to do that was Bobby Estalella, who did it in 1996-97.

WHAT'S NEXT

Phillies: The Phillies do not play Monday, but they resume action Tuesday with a doubleheader against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Right-hander will pitch Game 1 and right-hander will pitch Game 2. Pivetta will be recalled Tuesday as the roster's 26th man.

Giants: San Francisco welcomes the Brewers to town for a three-game set beginning with a 7:15 p.m. PT contest Monday. Right-hander Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.91 ERA), on the heels of his first win in the Majors as a starter, will go against righty (14-6, 4.26 ERA).

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