Aug. 11—Carlos De La Cruz hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning and three Reading pitchers combined to allow one run as the Fightin Phils defeated the Harrisburg Senators 3-1 in an Eastern League game Thursday at FNB Field in Harrisburg.
The Fightins (18-18 second half, 47-58 overall) have won 5-of-6, including 2-of-3 so far in the six-game series against the Senators (11-25, 41-64).
De La Cruz, a 22-year-old outfielder promoted from high Single-A Jersey Shore on Aug. 1, connected for his first Double-A home run with two outs in the sixth to give Reading a 3-0 lead. Aldrem Corredor had singled with one out.
De La Cruz, signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2017, had been hitting .266 with 10 homers and 24 RBIs in 64 games for the BlueClaws.
Reading took a 1-0 lead in the third. Sal Gozzo led off with a single and scored on a one-out double by Kevin Vicuna.
Left-hander Ethan Lindow (4-3) started for Reading and threw five shutout innings. He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out two. Right-hander Tyler McKay allowed two hits in two innings.
Brian Marconi earned his league-leading 16th save. The left-hander allowed an unearned run on one hit and two walks. He got Darren Baker to fly out to left with two runners on to end it.
De La Cruz and catcher Herbert Iser each went 2-for-4 for Reading.