Andrew McCutchen overwhelms Phillies

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen brought down the hammer MVP style, finishing just short of a cycle during a dominant game against Philadelphia.

Andrew McCutchen made his strongest case yet for a second straight NL MVP with a brilliant performance Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

McCutchen, who finished a home run  -- on an excruciatingly close call -- shy of the cycle, managed four hits in five at-bats, driving in two runs, scoring one and stealing second base the one time he had the chance. The rest of the Pirates did their part as well, with Russell Martin and Josh Harrison also driving in a run each and shortstop Jordy Mercer bringing home four on two separate two-out hits.

Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez took the brunt of the abuse, giving up 10 hits and five runs in just five innings of work, every single run given up with two outs. McCutchen picked on him specifically, grabbing three of his four hits against Hernandez.

"Everything went wrong," Hernandez told ESPN. "I couldn't get the ball down, and everything I threw was flat."

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Friday Scores

Mets 6, Rangers 5

Dodgers 9, Rockies 0

Angels 7, Astros 6

Cubs 7, Nationals 2

Yankees 6, Twins 5

A's 1, Blue Jays 0

Pirates 8, Phillies 2

Padres 2, Giants 0

Royals 7, Indians 1

Rays 6, Tigers 3

Reds 4, Brewers 2

White Sox 7, Mariners 1

Cardinals 3, Marlins 2

Braves 5, Diamondbacks 2

O's, Red Sox (PPD/Rain)

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