Phils share 1st place in NL East

Written by Craig Rhodes and The Associated Press | Jul 7, 2018 8:52 AM

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Philadelphia Phillies' Andrew Knapp rounds first after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Josh Smoker during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, July 6, 2018.

(Pittsburgh) -- Don't look now but the Philadelphia Phillies are tied for first place in the Nartional League's East Division, the result of a 17-5 blowout of the Pittsburgh Pirates last night in Pittsburgh.

Odubel Herrera and Andrew Knapp crushed three-run homers in the Phillies 18-hit assault.

Pirates pitching also issued 10-walks in a game that lasted four hours and thirty minutes,.. tieing the National League record for the longest 9-inning game.

The Phillies have won 5-straight and are now eleven games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.

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