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Colorado1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 571
Philadelphia0 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 x 791
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  W: É. García (1-0)   L: B. Shaw (2-1)   S: P. Neshek (3)
10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE12:05 PM CT, May 19, 2019
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 38,603

Harper, Realmuto power Phillies past Rockies 7-5 for sweep

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

By AARON BRACY

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper is back.

The $330 million slugger homered for the second straight day and pinch-hitter J.T. Realmuto also went deep to help the Philadelphia Phillies complete a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 7-5 victory Sunday.

Harper's tiebreaking, two-run shot in the sixth inning wasn't as prodigious as his 466-foot drive in Saturday's 2-1 victory, but this 404-footer had plenty of distance to clear the right-center wall for the NL East leaders.

The 2015 NL MVP also had a first-inning single and an RBI groundout in the second. He is batting .417 with two homers and six RBIs in his last three games after hitting .148 without an RBI while striking out 13 times during an eight-game stretch.

"We all knew this moment was coming," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "When he's on, he's so captivating and charismatic."

Kapler resisted a daily growing buzz in Philadelphia to sit Harper during his recent slump, instead letting him play through it. While the results have changed, Harper's approach hasn't.

"Each day I try to get better and stick with the same routine," Harper said. "Keep progressing whether you're 0 for 4 or 4 for 4. Same mindset."

Ryan McMahon hit two homers, and Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story also went deep for the Rockies on a picturesque, 85-degree day with the wind blowing out to center. Colorado, which dropped 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West, has lost four straight.

Realmuto tied it at 5 in the sixth with his first career pinch-hit homer, a two-run shot to left off Bryan Shaw (2-1). Rockies manager Bud Black lifted Shaw for Mike Dunn with one on and two outs to face Harper, who launched a 3-1 slider into Philadelphia's bullpen.

"Got a pitch over the plate I could handle," Harper said.

That set off a wild celebration from the crowd of 38,603 - many of them kids wearing an arm sleeve giveaway similar to Harper's.

Earlier in the week, Harper was hearing boos.

Now cheers.

No offense taken.

"Plain and simple, they (care)," Harper said. "The city has my back."

Edgar Garcia (1-0) got one out in the sixth for his first major league win. Pat Neshek pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Despite starter Kyle Freeland's troubles, Colorado led 5-3 after McMahon went deep for the second time when he drove Jose Alvarez's 80 mph curve into the seats in right. In the fourth, McMahon cleared the wall in left. He has two career two-homer games - both against the Phillies this season.

FOR STARTERS

Freeland continued to struggle. He finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting last season while setting a club record for the lowest ERA (2.85) by a lefty starter. But he exited after just 1 2/3 innings Sunday, giving up three runs and four hits. Freeland has an 8.03 ERA in his last five starts while allowing 28 hits - nine homers - over 24 2/3 innings with 14 walks.

"He was around the zone, but he just couldn't establish anything he could go to (for a strike)," Black said.

Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff was tagged for three home runs. He has served up five long balls in his last two games after not giving up a homer over 31 innings to start the season.

FOR OPENERS

Blackmon began the game with his 33rd leadoff homer, tying Paul Molitor for 12th on the career list.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Activated INF-OF Scott Kingery (strained right hamstring) from the injured list and sent OF Nick Williams to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Kingery, starting in center field for the first time in his career, went 1 for 3.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Begin a three-game road trip Tuesday at Pittsburgh with RHP German Marquez (4-2, 3.80 ERA) opposing Pirates RHP Chris Archer (1-3, 5.58).

Phillies: Open a four-game series in Chicago on Monday night with RHP Jake Arrieta (4-4, 4.02 ERA), a member of the Cubs' 2016 World Series championship team, facing RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.14).

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Updated May 19, 2019

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