Pivetta tosses a gem as Phillies trump Orioles

Nick Pivetta leads Philadelphia to a win
Nick Pivetta tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and Cesar Hernandez led the offense with a homer and triple en route to a Phillies 4-1 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards on Wednesday afternoon.

Pivetta's lone blemish over seven innings came in the opening frame via an Adam Jones solo homer. He threw 99 pitches on the afternoon, 67 for strikes with 23 of the swinging variety. The start marked the third time in his career he reached double digits in strikeouts.

"I was able to get ahead of the guys with my breaking ball stuff," Pivetta said afterward. "I felt really comfortable and felt like I had command of all my pitches."

Hernandez evened the contest in the sixth with a homer and Maikel Franco drove in the go-ahead run later in the frame with a single to right.

Odubel Herrera extended his on-base streak to 42 games with a single in the first.

Nick Williams finished 2-for-3 and worked an impressive at-bat in the sixth, knocking a single after falling behind to an 0-2 count and eventually scoring an insurance run.

"I mean, look at all this talent we have ... every team we face we have a chance," Williams told reporters afterward.

The win improved the Phillies to eight games over .500, a mark Philadelphia hasn't touched since the conclusion of the 2011 season.

The Phillies now travel to St. Louis and will open a four-game set with the Cardinals on Thursday. Vince Velasquez is scheduled to start the opener while the Cards counter with righty Luke Weaver.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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