Altherr, Kingery, Phillies win 6th in row, beat Rays 10-4

Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Aaron Altherr, right, high-fives second baseman Scott Kingery after they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball

Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Aaron Altherr, right, high-fives second baseman Scott Kingery after they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball

Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Altherr, second from right, high-fives Scott Kingery (partially obscured) and Maikel Franco, right, after his three-run h

Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Altherr, second from right, high-fives Scott Kingery (partially obscured) and Maikel Franco, right, after his three-run h

Philadelphia Phillies' Scott Kingery lines a three-run double off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough during the third inning of a baseball game Sun

Philadelphia Phillies' Scott Kingery lines a three-run double off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough during the third inning of a baseball game Sun

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash left, takes pitcher Ryan Yarbrough out of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a b

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash left, takes pitcher Ryan Yarbrough out of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a b

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Altherr hit a three-run homer, Scott Kingery had a three-run double and the Philadelphia Phillies won their sixth in a row, topping the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 Sunday.

Kingery's two-out drive off the center field wall capped a four-run burst in the third inning that put Philadelphia ahead 4-2. The rookie has 12 RBIs over his last eight games.

Philadelphia took a commanding 10-3 advantage during a five-run eighth when Maikel Franco hit a two-run single and Altherr homered off Andrew Kittredge.

Reliever Yacksel Rios (2-0) went 1 1/3 scoreless innings as the Phillies swept a series of at least three games from an AL East team for the first time since June 2003 at Baltimore.

Denard Span homered and had two RBIs for the Rays, who have lost six straight at home.

Altherr took away a two-run hit from Span with a diving catch in right to end the sixth with the Phillies leading 5-3.

Span hit a leadoff homer during a two-run first and walked with the bases loaded in the eighth.

Phillies starter Ben Lively lasted just four innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.

Ryan Yarbrough (0-1), making the start on the Rays' fifth bullpen game this season, gave up five runs, three hits, two walks and hit a batter in 4 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier left after one inning with a sprained right thumb, which happened while sliding into second base, and will re-evaluated Monday.

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (strained right lat) has resumed throwing off a mound and could be back next month.

Rays: Manager Kevin Cash said RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow surgery) may return in late May. 1B Brad Miller (strained left groin) is expected to start a minor league rehab assignment this week.

REMEMBERING JACKIE

Negro League players Dennis Biddle and James Cobbin took part in a pregame ceremony honoring Jackie Robinson on the 71st anniversary of the Hall of Famer breaking baseball's color barrier. Biddle joined the Chicago American Giants at the age of 17 in 1953.

BAD WEATHER, NO PROBLEM

With a half-dozen games postponed around the majors Sunday, there were no issues inside the domed Tropicana Field even as severe weather prompted a tornado warning for the ballpark area during the middle innings. There was an announcement made at the stadium that local police and fire officials were monitoring the situation.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (1-0) and Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-1) are the starters Monday night at Atlanta in the first of three games between the teams.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (1-1) will face Texas LHP Martin Perez (1-1) in the opener of a three-game set Monday night.