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Phillies close out the three-game sweep of White Sox with an 8-2 victory

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PHILADELPHIA – Trea Turner stole home plate, Kyle Schwarber hit a solo shot and Aaron Nola struck out seven in eight innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies complete a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox with an 8-2 victory on Sunday.

Bryce Harper added a sacrifice fly and an RBI single to his the Phillie Phanatic’s best friend’s birthday to complete an 8-2 homestand for the Phillies. After splitting a four-game series with Pittsburgh, the Phillies tightened their record with series sweeps of Colorado and the White Sox.

“We played really well the entire time,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “We have great pitching, starting pitching. Really good at bats. Played exceptional defense today. I just thought we were really good.”

Beating the White Sox was almost a given on a windy, cold day in Philly.

The big question: How long would it take for the White Sox to get a hit?

Spencer Turnbull had a no-hit effort in the seventh inning and Zack Wheeler got one in the eighth in consecutive starts to open the series. The Phillies rotation entered the game having gone 31 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, their longest streak since 1969.

There was no real no-no on this one. Nola (3-1) allowed a one-out single to the second batter of the game and Eloy Jiménez followed with a two-run homer for the quick lead.

That was it for the White Sox. Chicago extended its franchise-worst start to 3-18, losing nine of its last 10 games.

“We have to play perfect baseball,” White Sox manager Pedro Grifol said. “We have to win with pitching and defense until the hitting gets going. If we don’t do that, we’re going to have a hard time.”

Nola walked only one batter and threw 91 pitches.

“It’s nice if we can score some points and get the starters settled in a little bit and continue for us deep into games,” Schwarber said.

Taking a page from your local Little League game, the Phillies used a baserunning-razzle-dazzle to score three runs in the first inning off Nick Nastrini (0-2).

Harper was in first place after his runscoring single that made it 2-1 and Turner was in third place. Harper attempted a steal from second base, but stopped short of the bag. Second baseman Lenyn Sosa almost ran Harper all the way back to first base until he saw Turner run to the plate and make an off-target sidearm throw home. Turner was safe.

Brandon Marsh made it 3-2 with an RBI single.

The Phillies scored three more in the fourth and Schwarber hit his sixth homer of the year in the sixth.

Schwarber added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

White Sox SS Paul DeJong sat out a day after being shot by a pitch to the left elbow.

The White Sox will send RHP Jonathan Gannon (0-0, 1.80 ERA) to the mound on Monday to begin a four-game series in Minnesota. The Twins send RHP Chris Paddack (0-1, 8.36 ERA).

The Phillies are in Cincinnati on Monday for the start of a 10-game road trip, including three games in San Diego and three in Los Angeles against the Angels. The Phillies send LHP Ranger Suárez (3-0, 1.73 ERA) to the mound against Reds RHP Hunter Greene (0-1, 3.45 ERA).

AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb