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Flores hits game-ending, 2-run homer, Giants sweep Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher David Robertson, foreground, reacts as San Francisco Giants Wilmer Flores, fullback, circles the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the ninth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Carlos Rodón barely counts as his strikeouts pile up, though the comparisons to Tim Lincecum keep coming.

Rodón hit the 200 strikeout mark for the first time in his career, then saw Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer with two out in the ninth inning to send the San Francisco Giants past the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

The Wildcard contender Phillies lost for the sixth time in seven games, wrapping up their week-long trip to Arizona and San Francisco. Monday will mark the club’s first Labor Day in 24 years, since 1998.

Yes, Rodón saw the scoreboard flash with recognition for his 200 Ks. He struck out 10 in six scoreless innings.

“I’ve never done it, that’s a cool achievement,” Rodón said, “but there are a handful of games left, so keep going.”

He also tied Lincecum and two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jason Schmidt for most double-digit single-season batting performances in franchise history with nine.

Rookie Bryce Johnson, who got his first major league and RBI hit earlier in the game, walked the Giants’ first in the ninth. David Robertson (3-2) retired the next two batters before Flores hit his 17th home run.

JT Realmuto hit an even three-run homer in the Phillies’ eighth. Camilo Doval (5-6) pitched the ninth.

San Francisco had a chance in the eighth. LaMonte Wade Jr. hit a two-out single on Robertson and Brandon Crawford walked to load the bases, but pinch hitter Evan Longoria hit swinging.

Wade broke up a scoreless game with a single in the fourth. Johnson’s RBI single capped a three-run inning, but the Giants bullpen couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead once Rodón came out.

Rodón rebounded from his first loss in more than a month last Monday against San Diego. His nine double-digit at-bats this season is a career high and matches Angels star Shohei Ohtani for the most part in the majors.

“It doesn’t really tell how good a player is, but it certainly tells how durable a player is,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “And Carlos heading towards the finish line, this full season is really, you can see that, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And that’s an indication that he’s really had an enduring overall season and coherent and very impressive.

The right-hander allowed five hits and walked two as San Francisco won its third straight after a seven-game losing streak. He heard the crowd support as he went through a tough sixth.

“We’ve lost seven straight,” the All-Star pitcher said. “It’s good to still have fans in the stands.”

Realmuto hit his 15th home run after the Phillies rallied against John Brebbia. Alec Bohm and Bryce Harper hit back-to-back one-out singles.

Ranger Suárez finished after four innings for the Phillies and saw his winless streak reach five starts since beating the Nationals on Aug. 6.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: RF Nick Castellanos went on the 10-day disabled list in an expected move after being injured on a swing Friday night here. An MRI scan revealed a slight right oblique strain, according to director Rob Thomson. The move is retroactive to Saturday and Castellanos is expected to be back when eligible on September 13 and likely without playing in any minor league games. Considered INF/OF prospect Dalton Guthrie was selected from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will make his major league debut when he plays. … RHP Seranthony Domínguez, battling triceps tendonitis in his throwing arm, is set to kick off a live batting practice Tuesday in Philadelphia after kicking off a bullpen session Saturday. He could go to rehab from there.

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt was moved to the 60-day injured list a day after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee. The procedure was performed by Dr. Ken Akizuki. Belt, who hit a career-high 29 homers in San Francisco’s 107-win 2021 season that ended with an NL West title, is expected to be sidelined for 8-10 weeks. … Of Austin Slater, who dislocated his left little finger Tuesday night, . “It will ultimately be a matter of pain tolerance,” Kapler said. “He’s not in danger.”

MOVING THE LIST

The Phillies nominated INF Luis García to make room for Guthrie on the 40-man roster.

San Francisco claimed INF/OF Jose Rojas off Angels waivers and opted for Triple-A Sacramento.

NEXT

Coming off a day off Monday, RHP Aaron Nola (9-11, 3.43 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday night at home against the Marlins after going 1-3 in his last four outings.

RHP Logan Webb (11-8, 2.89) tries again for his career-best 12th victory and snapping a three-start skid when he kicks off the series opener at Dodger Stadium on Monday evening.

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This story was originally published September 4, 2022 7:49 p.m.