World Cup: Why Some Fans See England’s Loss As Being A Win

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – World Cup fever is taking over New York City.

Fans rooting for Mexico filled the streets in Jackson Heights, Queens after the team earned a spot in the knock-out round by defeating Senegal.

But as CBS2’s Steve Overmyer reports, sometimes when you win, you lose. Thursday’s match between England and Belgium left fans on both sides rooting for a loss.

The winner has to go through powerhouse Brazil. The loser gets Switzerland or Sweden. That means both sides had to come to a tough realization: that losing would be winning.

“It’s not wanting to lose. But the road to the final, if we end up second, is going to be — I’m not going to say easier — but I think it would be better,” one fan said.

At BXL Café in Midtown, fans enjoyed the Belgian beer and wavered on the desired outcome.

“It’s losing the momentum and losing the energy and losing everything that’s building you up to getting to this point. You can’t afford to let that switch. It gets into your head… and then you’re going into the next game and you lose that game,” said another fan.

“We’re not masterminds, you know. You win, and that’s the point,” another fan added.

Ten blocks down is the Football Factory, home to England fans.

Both teams fielded their backups Thursday – not giving up, but not putting their best players on the pitch. It’s a principled strategy, Overmyer reported.

When Belgium scored, the English were still celebrating. Sometimes, even a loss can be a win.

England ultimately lost the game and will now face the lighter opponent and in addition, get an extra day of rest.

Recap: Shocking Day 14 Of The World Cup

(CBSNewYork) — Day 14 at the 2018 World Cup brought us a shocker, another crazy matchup in the round of 16 and much, much more. Here’s your full recap:

Sweden Tops Mexico, 3-0

Mexico lost to Sweden 3-0 on Wednesday in its final group stage match, but thanks to Germany’s shocking loss to South Korea, El Tri is through to the round of 16 as the second-place team in Group F. It what was a frantic, hectic and truly unbelievable two hours as it went from Mexico and Germany expected to advance to heartbreak for the Germans. Mexico lived out an intense final half an hour, with Germany going forward with everything it had, but a late goal from South Korea clinched a shocking upset to let Mexico go through. Had Germany won 1-0, Mexico would have been out.

It was a poor showing from Mexico, but it was enough. Sweden, on the other hand, had its best showing of the cup. Mexico had 20 shots but only three on frame as they back into the knockout stage. Next up, Mexico could be facing Brazil in the round of 16 if the South Americans win Group E.

South Korea Beats Germany, 2-0

The reigning 2014 champions Germany won’t be featured in the second round of the World Cup for the first time ever. The talented side led by Joachim Low, viewed by many as one of the major favorites to win it all, crashed out of the group stage on Wednesday in a humiliating 2-0 loss to South Korea. All the Germans needed was to beat South Korea, considering Mexico had lost to Sweden, but the team couldn’t do it, falling behind and conceding two late goals, including an open-netter.

It’s a stunning result that shocks the soccer world, as a big dog is now out of the fight for the trophy. Germany had 74 percent possession, 28 shots but just six on frame, producing one of the darkest moments in the national team’s history.

Switzerland, Costa Rica Draw, 2-2

For 90 minutes, Switzerland and Costa Rica exchanged scoring opportunities, frisky attacks, and countless missed chances at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in an entertaining back-and-forth match that came down to an 88th minute go-ahead goal, an overturned penalty kick decision, and a stoppage time, game-tying penalty-kick goal that only counted because the ball deflected off the crossbar and Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer’s head before rolling into the net.

Due to what unfolded at Spartak Stadium between Serbia and Brazil, what happened between Switzerland and Costa Rica didn’t ended up mattering much. Switzerland lines up to face Sweden in the Round of 16 on Tuesday.

Brazil Beats Serbia, 2-0

Brazil has won Group E at the World Cup after defeating Serbia 2-0 on Wednesday in their final group stage match. Paulinho scored the winner in the first half, and Thiago Silva scored in the second to set up a date with Mexico in the round of 16. Serbia had to draw to have a chance to move on, while a win would have secured a spot in the round of 16.

The winning goal from Paulinho came 36 minutes in as the Barcelona midfielder lofted the ball over the goalkeeper with class. Then Silva headed home from a Neymar corner kick to make it 2-0, ending any chance Serbia had of moving on. Now, this means Brazil will face Mexico, and they are on the same side of the tournament bracket as Uruguay, Portugal, France and Argentina. Switzerland finished second in the group as a result, and they’ll take on Sweden.

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Pirates Rally Past Mets In The 9th Inning

NEW YORK (AP) — David Freese hit a go-ahead, two-run single and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Gregory Polanco had an RBI single and Josh Bell added a sacrifice fly in the ninth as the Pirates, shut down by Zack Wheeler most of the night, came back against a beleaguered New York bullpen to win for just the second time in eight games.

Pittsburg Pirates’ David Freese hits a 2-run single in the top of the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 27, 2018. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Wilmer Flores homered and Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits for New York, which has dropped eight of nine. Mets relievers have 21 losses this season, most in the majors.

The Mets (32-46) completed a 1-5 homestand, losing for the 15th time in their last 17 games at Citi Field. They have lost 25 of 32 overall.

Elias Diaz began the comeback with a leadoff single on an 0-2 pitch from Jeurys Familia (3-4). Corey Dickerson also singled on 0-2, sending Diaz to third. Polanco drove in Diaz with a single for the Pirates’ third straight two-strike hit.

Familia, who threw 28 pitches in a scoreless outing Tuesday, was lifted after walking Jordy Mercer on four pitches to load the bases. It was the first time in his career that Familia took the mound and failed to get an out.

Freese punched Anthony Swarzak’s first pitch into right-center to drive in Dickerson and Polanco, giving Pittsburgh a 4-3 lead. Freese had entered as part of a double switch in the eighth.

Bell’s sacrifice fly made it 5-3.

Felipe Vazquez (3-2) threw two scoreless innings for the win.

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Pirates Rally Past Mets In The 9th Inning

NEW YORK (AP) — David Freese hit a go-ahead, two-run single and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Gregory Polanco had an RBI single and Josh Bell added a sacrifice fly in the ninth as the Pirates, shut down by Zack Wheeler most of the night, came back against a beleaguered New York bullpen to win for just the second time in eight games.

Pittsburg Pirates’ David Freese hits a 2-run single in the top of the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 27, 2018. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Wilmer Flores homered and Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits for New York, which has dropped eight of nine. Mets relievers have 21 losses this season, most in the majors.

The Mets (32-46) completed a 1-5 homestand, losing for the 15th time in their last 17 games at Citi Field. They have lost 25 of 32 overall.

Elias Diaz began the comeback with a leadoff single on an 0-2 pitch from Jeurys Familia (3-4). Corey Dickerson also singled on 0-2, sending Diaz to third. Polanco drove in Diaz with a single for the Pirates’ third straight two-strike hit.

Familia, who threw 28 pitches in a scoreless outing Tuesday, was lifted after walking Jordy Mercer on four pitches to load the bases. It was the first time in his career that Familia took the mound and failed to get an out.

Freese punched Anthony Swarzak’s first pitch into right-center to drive in Dickerson and Polanco, giving Pittsburgh a 4-3 lead. Freese had entered as part of a double switch in the eighth.

Bell’s sacrifice fly made it 5-3.

Felipe Vazquez (3-2) threw two scoreless innings for the win.

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Eflin, Hoskins Lead Phillies To Victory Over Yankees

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zach Eflin continued to shine for Philadelphia with a four-hitter over seven shutout innings, and Rhys Hoskins hit a three-run homer to help the Phillies beat the New York Yankees 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Eflin, acquired in the 2014 trade that sent fan favorite and former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, won his fifth straight start and kept the surprising Phillies in the thick of the NL East race.

Philadelphia Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins celebrates with Jorge Alfaro after hitting a three-run home run in the second inning during a game against the New York Yankees at Citizens Bank Park on June 27, 2018. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Eflin (6-2) became the first Phillies pitcher to win five starts in a month (he had a 1.76 ERA in June) since Cole Hamels went 5-0 in May 2012. Eflin has turned into a stopper of sorts for Philly: He won his fourth game this month following a Phillies loss. Eflin walked two, struck out six and helped the Phillies avoid a three-game sweep before beginning a key four-game series against the division rival Washington Nationals.

He also at last got most of the 42,028 fans at packed Citizens Bank Park to root, root, root for the home team. Yankees fans swarmed the stadium for all three games of the series, and “Let’s go Yankees!” chants boomed at first pitch.

By the time Searanthony Dominguez struck out Gleyber Torres to wrap up his fifth save, over two scoreless innings, Phillies fans were on their feet as Yankees fans trudged toward the exits.

The Yankees, who have the best record in baseball at 52-26, sat slugging outfielder Aaron Judge for the series finale. Manager Aaron Boone wanted to pair a day of rest with Thursday’s off day to keep Judge fresh when the team returns to the Bronx for a weekend set with Boston. The Yankees and Red Sox have been neck and neck atop the AL East, the only teams with a legitimate shot at the division tile.

“If we’re going to win a division, that’s the likely team we’re going to have to beat out,” Boone said before the game.

Luis Cessa (0-1) lasted only three innings in his first start for the Yankees since last Aug. 14. The Phillies had two runners on and two outs in the second inning when Hoskins connected on an opposite-field blast to left for his 12th homer of the season. He hit his sixth home run in 17 games this June, and he has given the Phillies a lead with 11 of his homers.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka, on the 10-day disabled list since June 9 with strained left and right hamstrings, is set to throw again on Friday. The Yankees haven’t decided if Tanaka will make a rehab start or throw a simulated game.

Phillies: RHP Pat Neshek, out all season because of an injured right shoulder, is set to make his third rehab appearance on Friday. He’s pitched twice for Double-A Reading. … RHP Jerad Eickhoff (nerve) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday and head to Florida for more work. … RHP Luis Garcia (sore right wrist) will throw a bullpen session on Friday and could possibly be activated on Sunday. … RHP Edubray Ramos (right shoulder) will throw from flat ground on Thursday.

BEER MILES

Actor and diehard Phillies fan Miles Teller (of “Project X,” and “Footloose”) threw the first pitch. Teller, wearing a jersey of former catcher Darren Daulton, had promised in a TV interview earlier this season he would buy every fan at this game a beer if the Phillies scored 10 runs.

UP NEXT

Yankees: After a day off on Thursday, CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.18 ERA) takes the mound to open the three-game set against the Red Sox.

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (9-2, 2.58) opens the first of a four-game series against the Nationals. The Phillies won two of three at Washington last weekend.

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Eflin, Hoskins Lead Phillies To Victory Over Yankees

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zach Eflin continued to shine for Philadelphia with a four-hitter over seven shutout innings, and Rhys Hoskins hit a three-run homer to help the Phillies beat the New York Yankees 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Eflin, acquired in the 2014 trade that sent fan favorite and former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, won his fifth straight start and kept the surprising Phillies in the thick of the NL East race.

Philadelphia Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins celebrates with Jorge Alfaro after hitting a three-run home run in the second inning during a game against the New York Yankees at Citizens Bank Park on June 27, 2018. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Eflin (6-2) became the first Phillies pitcher to win five starts in a month (he had a 1.76 ERA in June) since Cole Hamels went 5-0 in May 2012. Eflin has turned into a stopper of sorts for Philly: He won his fourth game this month following a Phillies loss. Eflin walked two, struck out six and helped the Phillies avoid a three-game sweep before beginning a key four-game series against the division rival Washington Nationals.

He also at last got most of the 42,028 fans at packed Citizens Bank Park to root, root, root for the home team. Yankees fans swarmed the stadium for all three games of the series, and “Let’s go Yankees!” chants boomed at first pitch.

By the time Searanthony Dominguez struck out Gleyber Torres to wrap up his fifth save, over two scoreless innings, Phillies fans were on their feet as Yankees fans trudged toward the exits.

The Yankees, who have the best record in baseball at 52-26, sat slugging outfielder Aaron Judge for the series finale. Manager Aaron Boone wanted to pair a day of rest with Thursday’s off day to keep Judge fresh when the team returns to the Bronx for a weekend set with Boston. The Yankees and Red Sox have been neck and neck atop the AL East, the only teams with a legitimate shot at the division tile.

“If we’re going to win a division, that’s the likely team we’re going to have to beat out,” Boone said before the game.

Luis Cessa (0-1) lasted only three innings in his first start for the Yankees since last Aug. 14. The Phillies had two runners on and two outs in the second inning when Hoskins connected on an opposite-field blast to left for his 12th homer of the season. He hit his sixth home run in 17 games this June, and he has given the Phillies a lead with 11 of his homers.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka, on the 10-day disabled list since June 9 with strained left and right hamstrings, is set to throw again on Friday. The Yankees haven’t decided if Tanaka will make a rehab start or throw a simulated game.

Phillies: RHP Pat Neshek, out all season because of an injured right shoulder, is set to make his third rehab appearance on Friday. He’s pitched twice for Double-A Reading. … RHP Jerad Eickhoff (nerve) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday and head to Florida for more work. … RHP Luis Garcia (sore right wrist) will throw a bullpen session on Friday and could possibly be activated on Sunday. … RHP Edubray Ramos (right shoulder) will throw from flat ground on Thursday.

BEER MILES

Actor and diehard Phillies fan Miles Teller (of “Project X,” and “Footloose”) threw the first pitch. Teller, wearing a jersey of former catcher Darren Daulton, had promised in a TV interview earlier this season he would buy every fan at this game a beer if the Phillies scored 10 runs.

UP NEXT

Yankees: After a day off on Thursday, CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.18 ERA) takes the mound to open the three-game set against the Red Sox.

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (9-2, 2.58) opens the first of a four-game series against the Nationals. The Phillies won two of three at Washington last weekend.

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World Cup Day 13 Recap: Argentina Advances, Iceland And Peru Bow Out

(CBS Sports) — Day 13 in the World Cup was an unforgettable one. Groups C and D are in the books thanks to some massive drama late in the day. Here’s everything to know about Tuesday’s World Cup action:

Argentina Wins Late Over Nigeria, 2-1

Argentina, a team that looked like it had no chance of moving on from the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, is back from the dead after securing a late 2-1 win over Nigeria, combined with a Croatia win over Iceland. Thanks to the two results, the South American giants finish second in Group D in what Lionel Messi and Argentina fans will remember as a small miracle.

It wasn’t a sharp showing from Argentina in a tournament where it has been very poor, but the team overcome a penalty kick equalizer from Nigeria to get a late winner from Marcos Rojo. Rojo, a defender, got the winner with a lovely right-footed finish in the 87th minute. Three points on the last matchday to put Argentina through to the knockout stage. A round of 16 matchup against France on Saturday is next for Jorge Sampaoli’s men. The loss sends Nigeria, and its amazing kits, home.

Croatia Tops Iceland, 2-1

Croatia kept its perfect record at the 2018 FIFA World Cup while sending Iceland home on Tuesday. Luka Modric and company secured a 2-1 win over the first-time participants. A late goal from Ivan Peresic ended any hope that Iceland had of making the next round. Croatia enters the round of 16 with tons of confidence as the winner of Group D over pre-tourney favorites Argentina.

After a scoreless first half that saw Iceland create a ton of chances against a team resting some of its stars, Milan Badelj of Croatia that opened the scoring in the 53rd minute. But Iceland got one back on a penalty kick in the 76th minute, as Croatia conceded for the first time in Russia 2018. It was Gylfi Sigurdsson, who missed a PK in the last game, finding the back of the net from the penalty spot. Then Perisic, in the 90th minute, went upper corner for the win.

Peru Beats Australia, 2-0

For the first time in 40 years, Peru has won a World Cup match. On Tuesday, despite already being eliminated from the competition, the South Americans finished the group stage with a 2-0 win over Australia in an emotional game that saw fans crying with joy during the national anthem.

After playing well in the first two matches but struggling in attack, Peru got things going in this one and scored a goal in each half. It was Andre Carillo’s golazo on 18 minutes that proved to be the winner. Then early in the second half, Paolo Guerrero scored with a lovely effort inside the box. A very nice performance and it builds some more positive vibes. They stuck together, didn’t give up on the final day and got three points in the cup but memories for a lifetime.

France, Denmark Draw, 0-0

France and Denmark played out a 0-0 draw at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday to round out Group C play, giving each a beneficial point. With the point, France wins Group C with seven points, while the point for the Danes clinched a spot in the next round as the runner-up of the group.

France had more chances, including six shots on target, but both teams looked content with controlling the ball as much as they could, playing long balls deep and not really going forward with heavy numbers in attack. As a result, France will play on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET against the second-place team of Group D, which will likely be Nigeria, Argentina or Iceland. Denmark will play on Sunday, with its most likely opponent being Croatia.

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Mets Stop 7-Game Skid With Win Over Pirates

NEW YORK (AP) — Wilmer Flores singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and the New York Mets stopped their seven-game losing streak Tuesday night, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 hours after general manager Sandy Alderson stepped down because his cancer has returned.

In a game that briefly got testy following a hard slide at second base, Michael Conforto hit a tying homer and Flores had three RBIs for the Mets (32-45), who won for only the second time in 16 home games. They had dropped 24 of 30 overall during a maddening slide that’s wiped out an 11-1 start to the season.

Before the game, the 70-year-old Alderson choked back tears as he spoke about his illness during a surprise news conference. He and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon announced that Alderson is taking a leave of absence. Alderson said his prognosis is good but he doesn’t expect to return to the job, partly because he’s “not sure coming back is warranted.”

Assistant general manager John Ricco and special assistants J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya will run the club’s baseball operations in Alderson’s absence.

Both dugouts and bullpens emptied in the eighth after a clean slide by Josh Harrison prevented the Mets from turning an inning-ending double play.

Harrison, who had reached on a bunt single, went straight into the bag on a grounder, forcing second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera to jump over him as he made a weak, one-hop relay to first base.

Without much on the throw, David Freese beat the play at first. Mets reliever Jeurys Familia said something to Harrison, though, and the two began jawing back and forth. As players rushed onto the field, Familia and Harrison — a second baseman himself — were kept apart. Cabrera sought out Harrison and gave him a big hug during the brief skirmish, an obvious acknowledgment he had no problem with the slide.

No punches were thrown, and Familia pumped his fist when he pitched out of a bases-loaded threat.

Conforto drew a leadoff walk in the 10th from Steven Brault (5-2) and went to second when Todd Frazier singled. Cabrera popped up a bunt for the first out, but Flores hit a grounder just inside third base to knock in Conforto.

New York has three walk-off wins this season and Flores provided the winning swing on all of them.

Tim Peterson (1-0) got three quick outs on five pitches — all strikes — for his first major league win.

Gregory Polanco gave the Pirates a 3-2 lead with a solo homer off starter Steven Matz in the seventh.

Conforto tied it in the bottom half with his 10th home run, connecting off reliever Edgar Santana.

Flores grounded a two-run single with two outs in the first to put the Mets ahead. They capitalized on a pair of wild pitches by Kuhl that got past catcher Elias Diaz, who also committed two errors in the inning.

Pittsburgh threw four wild pitches, all in the first six innings.

Matz faced the minimum through four innings and didn’t allow a hit until Pittsburgh got four straight to begin the fifth. Freese singled, Diaz doubled and slumping Jose Osuna drove in a run with a single on an 0-2 pitch. Polanco’s soft RBI single tied it, but Matz prevented further damage with the help of a nice running catch from 37-year-old right fielder Jose Bautista.

ROSTER MOVE

New York recalled RHP Gerson Bautista from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned INF Luis Guillorme to the farm team. It marks Bautista’s third stint with the Mets this season. Guillorme, who made two costly errors at third base Monday night, batted .172 with four RBIs in 29 games for the Mets.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl was removed after four innings with right forearm discomfort. With a 3-1 count on Jose Reyes in the fourth, manager Clint Hurdle and a trainer went to the mound to check on Kuhl. He threw one practice pitch and finished the inning, but was lifted for a pinch-hitter with two runners aboard in the fifth. … Rookie OF Austin Meadows was hit in the helmet by an 84 mph changeup from Matz in the first inning. Meadows also was checked by Hurdle and a trainer, but stayed in the game.

Mets: OF Brandon Nimmo, hit by a pitch on the right hand Sunday, came off the bench for the second consecutive game. This time he got a chance to swing, but fouled out as a pinch-hitter leading off the seventh.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (4-5, 3.98 ERA) pitches the series finale Wednesday night. Nova is 2-0 with a 0.92 ERA in three starts since spending time on the disabled list due to a sprained right ring finger. He threw eight shutout innings in a no-decision against Arizona last Friday.

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.85) is 0-5 in 10 starts since his last win April 29 at San Diego. He tossed seven innings last time out against the Dodgers, taking the loss after Cody Bellinger’s grand slam in the sixth snapped a scoreless tie. Wheeler threw 114 pitches in that game, his most since having Tommy John surgery in March 2015.

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Severino Dominates, Hicks & Gregorius Go Deep In Win Over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Luis Severino became the majors’ first 12-game winner, Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius homered and the New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 Tuesday night.

Severino (12-2) struck out nine in seven dominant innings, lowering his ERA to 2.10. The ace has allowed three runs or less in 16 of 17 starts.

Jake Arrieta (5-6) had another rough outing for Philadelphia, which had won four consecutive series before losing two straight to the Yankees. Arrieta gave up six runs — three earned — and nine hits in five innings.

Another sellout crowd in Philly made it sound like a home game for the Bronx Bombers, cheering loudly for the team with the best record in the majors. Meanwhile, Phillies fans tried to drown them out by chanting “E-A-G-L-E-S.”

Hicks hit Arrieta’s third pitch of the game out to straightaway center for his 11th homer. Arrieta was 0-4 with a 6.66 ERA in five starts in June after posting a 0.90 ERA in five starts last month.

An error by second baseman Cesar Hernandez led to three unearned runs in the third. Arrieta has allowed 14 unearned runs this season and has expressed frustration with the team’s defense. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner is earning $30 million this season as part of a $75 million, three-year contract he signed as a free agent in March.

With two runners on, Gregorius hit a grounder to Hernandez that should have been an inning-ending double play. But Hernandez flipped wide to shortstop Scott Kingery and all three runners were safe. Arrieta struck out Giancarlo Stanton for the second out. But Gleyber Torres hit a two-run single past third baseman Maikel Franco’s diving attempt. Greg Bird followed with a bloop single to left to make it 4-0.

Austin Romine led off the fourth with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Hicks’ sacrifice fly. Gregorius drove his 15th homer out to right-center in the fifth.

Adam Warren and Chasen Shreve each tossed one inning to finish off the six-hitter for the Yankees (52-25).

GLOVE WORK

Hicks made a superb catch to rob Rhys Hoskins of extra bases in the eighth, leaping a few feet in front of the wall to grab a deep drive to left-center.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka, on the 10-day disabled list since June 9 with strained left and right hamstrings, threw his second bullpen session. Manager Aaron Boone isn’t sure what the next step will be in Tanaka’s rehab.

Phillies: RHP Pat Neshek allowed one run and two hits in one inning in a rehab appearance at Double-A Reading. Neshek, an All-Star last year, hasn’t pitched this season because of shoulder strain.

UP NEXT

RHP Luis Cessa (0-0, 3.00 ERA) will make his first start for the Yankees since last August 14 on Wednesday night. RHP Zach Eflin (5-2, 3.42 ERA) takes the mound for Philadelphia in the series finale.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson To Take Immediate Leave Of Absence

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is taking a leave of absence because his cancer has returned.

The 70-year-old made the announcement before Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. He was hired by the Mets after the 2010 season. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, underwent treatment and remained on the job, reducing his work schedule at times while undergoing treatment.

Assistant general manager John Ricco and special assistants JP Ricciardi and Omar Minaya will run the team’s baseball operations in Alderson’s absence.

New York reached the 2015 World Series after an Alderson-led rebuilding. But injuries have decimated the team since. The Mets started the season 11-1 but a lengthy slump left them at 31-45, fourth in the NL East.

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