Philadelphia Phillies' Maikel Franco, right, points to the crowd after hitting a three-run home run off San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner during the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)
Derik Hamilton
August 02, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Aaron Altherr is glad to be healthy and back helping the Phillies.

Altherr had a homer and five RBIs, Maikel Franco homered and went 4 for 4 and Philadelphia used a five-run eighth inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 13-8 in a wild game Tuesday night.

Altherr broke a tie with a two-run single in the eighth, Cameron Rupp hit a three-run homer and Cesar Hernandez added four hits for the Phillies. They blew a six-run lead before rebounding to hand the NL West-leading Giants their 12th loss in 16 games since the All-Star break.

''Whatever I can do to help the team win, that's what I'm all about,'' Altherr said. ''I'm just glad I was able to come through there and help the team win.''

After sitting out the first half of the season with a wrist injury, Altherr homered in his first game last Thursday but had been hitless in his last nine at-bats before homering in the first inning Tuesday. He is 6 for 18 with two homers and eight RBIs since his return.

''Altherr's making a good impression again,'' manager Pete Mackanin said.

Philadelphia, which entered 29th in the majors in runs, set a season high. The Phillies' 15 hits were two shy of matching a season high.

''It was good to see all the fireworks tonight off the bats,'' Mackanin said.

Angel Pagan, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt went deep for San Francisco, which opened Tuesday leading the Dodgers by two games in the division. The Giants began this nine-game trip hoping to rebound from their worst month of the season after going 10-13 in July.

Will Smith (1-4), who was acquired from Milwaukee on Monday to bolster San Francisco's bullpen, started the eighth with a strikeout before giving up an infield single to pinch-hitter Odubel Herrera and a double off the wall in right to Hernandez. Smith was lifted for Sergio Romo, who surrendered the go-ahead single up the middle to Altherr.

''That's not how I wanted the first one to go,'' Smith said. ''Hopefully I can get in there tomorrow and do my job.''

Rupp blew the game open two batters later with his 11th homer of the season.

Hector Neris (4-3) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the victory.

The Phillies jumped all Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, taking a 6-0 lead through two innings. After Altherr's two-run homer in the first, Philadelphia tallied four two-out runs in the second after third baseman Eduardo Nunez made an error.

Altherr made it 3-0 with an RBI single before Franco's three-run homer put the Phillies up six runs.

The Giants battled back against Zach Eflin, getting a run in the fourth on Crawford's 10th homer of the season before a five-run fifth tied the game at six.

San Francisco scored all five runs with two outs. Crawford hit a two-run single and Belt tied the game with a three-run shot.

Eflin left after five innings, having allowed six runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks.


Of Altherr's 39 career hits, 22 of them have gone for extra bases. He has 11 doubles, four triples and seven homers.


Bumgarner had one of his worst outings of the season, but the four-time All-Star didn't factor into the decision. Bumgarner allowed eight runs - four earned - on 10 hits in five-plus innings while striking out four and walking two.


An unruly fan was escorted from his seat in the sixth inning shortly after a verbal confrontation with an umpire.

Plate ump Bob Davidson stopped the game, walked toward where the fan was sitting and had words with him after the man was yelling loudly in Davidson's direction. The fan was sitting 15 rows from the field behind the visitors' dugout.

Davidson said the fan heckled him for two straight batters, but he halted the game with the next hitter up when Davidson felt the fan made a sexual reference and used foul language.

''You could have your wife, girlfriend, kids; they buy tickets,'' Davidson told a pool reporter. ''They don't have to come here and listen to that.''

Shortly after the spat, a Phillies usher approached the fan, who quieted down. A short time later, another Phillies employee approached the man and escorted him out of his seat.

A Phillies spokesperson said during the game that Davidson complained to team security about the fan's language and, when approached, the fan agreed to leave on his own.


Giants RHP Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.63) opposes Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (6-9, 4.78) in the second game of a three-game set on Wednesday night.

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