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Ranger Suarez improves to 9-0, Bryce Harper homers as Philadelphia Phillies beat Texas Rangers

Outfielder Suárez held 10 in seven innings and improved to 9-0 to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to their MLB-best 35th victory, a 5-2 victory over the defending World Series champions, the Texas Rangers, Tuesday night.

Suárez’s season-opening run rivals Hall of Famers Grover Alexander and Juan Marichal for the best in baseball history.

Bryce Harper hit his 11th home run of the season to help the Phillies win for the ninth time in 11 games and continue one of the best starts in franchise history.

The Phillies won 35 of their first 49 games for the second time in franchise history (1976). The Phillies are 27-6 in their last 33 games, marking the first time since at least 1901 that they have won 27 games in a 33-game span.

This season, no pitcher in baseball has been better than Suarez.

“He knows what it takes to win games,” Harper said.

The 28-year-old lefty left to a standing ovation in the seventh after catching Leody Taveras looking at a 91.6 mph sinker to end the inning. Suarez took a no-decision in his first start of the season before racking up wins in nine consecutive starts.

“I’m just trying to pitch and do the best job I can,” Suarez said through a translator.

Suárez lowered his ERA to 1.36, the third-lowest ERA by a Phillies pitcher in his first 10 starts of a season. Suárez is behind Alexander, who had a 1.24 ERA in his first 10 starts of 1916 and a 1.31 ERA in his first 10 starts of 1915.

Suárez is the first pitcher to start 9-0 with a sub-1.50 ERA in 10 starts since Marichal did it for the San Francisco Giants in 1966. Oh, he’s also the first Phillies pitcher since Robin Roberts (1952) to win at least nine. consecutive starts.

“It’s kind of amazing, this historic run he’s had,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said.

José Alvarado pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save.

Ranger bested the Rangers and continued his reign as Philadelphia’s top pitcher this season, no small feat for a rotation that already features Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler. Suárez walked two and allowed one run before giving way to Jeff Hoffman in the eighth inning.

Corey Seager hit a solo shot off Hoffman in the eighth to make it 3-2.

Hoffman managed just two outs before Matt Strahm retired Nathaniel Lowe with a hard liner to left field with two runners on base to end the inning.

This three-game series is very close to serving as a rematch of the World Series. The Rangers needed just five games to beat Arizona and win the franchise’s first World Series, after Arizona won Games 6 and 7 in Philadelphia to rally and eliminate the Phillies in the National League Championship Series.

Suárez fell into a rare early deficit after allowing Marcus Semien’s RBI single to left field in the third.

The Phillies took a 2-1 lead against Jon Gray (2-2) on Kyle Schwarber’s RBI single in the third and Alec Bohm’s RBI single in the fourth. Harper hit Rangers reliever Jacob Latz in the sixth to take a 3-1 lead and help them snap a 12-game losing streak against the Rangers dating back to 2014.

Bohm, who has 11 RBIs during his seven-game hitting streak, recorded his NL-best 44th RBI with a double in the eighth, and Bryson Stott followed with a sacrifice fly for a 5-point lead. -2.

“They’re pitching well and getting big hits,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said. “They’re a very good offensive club. They’re one of the best teams in baseball, right now, that’s how well they’re playing.”

COACH ROOM

Phillies shortstop Trea Turner took batting practice as part of his recovery from a left hamstring injury. Turner was hitting .343 with two home runs, 10 doubles, nine RBIs and 10 stolen bases before being injured earlier this month.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

The Phillies send RHP Taijuan Walker (3-0, 4.91 ERA) to the mound in the second game of a three-game series. The Rangers did not name a starter.