PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Schwarber hit a leadoff home run, Jean Segura contributed a two-run single and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Friday to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series.
Alec Bohm and Schwarber each had two hits and an RBI and Bryson Stott had two doubles for the Phillies, who will host Game 4 in the best-of-seven series on Saturday.
Phillies starter Ranger Suarez (1-0) tossed five innings and allowed two hits and two runs, one earned, to go along with three strikeouts and no walks.
Seranthony Dominguez pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the save.
Jake Cronenworth led the Padres with two hits and an RBI while Brandon Drury also had two hits.
San Diego starter Joe Musgrove (1-1) gave up eight hits and four runs with five strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.
The Phillies quickly went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning when Schwarber launched a 3-2 pitch into the stands in right-center field.
Musgrove threw 24 pitches and walked two batters in the first but wriggled out of trouble further trouble in the frame when Bryce Harper grounded into a double play before Nick Castellanos grounded out.
With a runner on first and one out in the San Diego second, Wil Myers ripped a shot to deep center. Philadelphia’s Brandon Marsh covered a long distance, jumped and caught the ball in front of the fence.
In the fourth, San Diego’s Juan Soto was hit a pitch and advanced to third one out later on a single by Drury. Cronenworth hit an RBI grounder to shortstop Stott, who flipped to Segura at second. However, Segura dropped the ball, allowing Soto to score the tying run.
Segura redeemed himself with a two-run single in the bottom of the inning for a 3-1 advantage.
The Padres closed within 3-2 in the fifth when Ha-Seong Kim hit an RBI groundout. Trent Grisham opened the inning by reaching second on a two-base error by first baseman Rhys Hoskins.
Bohm hit an RBI double in the sixth for a 4-2 advantage.
Padres left fielder Jurickson Profar was ejected by plate umpire Ted Barrett after being called out on strikes for the first out in the ninth.
–By Andy Jasner, Field Level Media