Phillies rally for four in ninth to beat Dodgers

Posted: 13/08/2010 in MLB

Ruiz caps ferocious Phillies comeback with game-winning hit in ninth

Philadelphia Phillies Carlos Ruiz

Carlos Ruiz  doubled home the tying and winning  runs  in the  bottom of  the ninth  inning to  lift Philadelphia to a remarkable  10-9 comeback win over Los Angeles in the rubber match of a three- game set.

Jonathan  Broxton  (4-4) came  on to  protect a  9-6 lead  only to hit Placido Polanco  and  walk both Mike  Sweeney and Jayson Werth  to load the bases with nobody  out in  the ninth.  Ben  Francisco hit  a potential  double play  ball that  went  right between  third  baseman  Casey  Blake’s  legs and  out  into left  field to  allow Polanco and Sweeney  to score and slice a one-time seven run deficit to 9-8.

Ruiz  then clobbered  a 1-1 slider near  the top of the wall in left-center to chase  home Werth and Francisco to complete the comeback and lead the Phillies to their 15th win in their last 17 home games.

Danys  Baez  (3-3)  worked a  scoreless  ninth  inning  to  earn the  win  for Philadelphia, which closed to within two games of front-running Atlanta in the NL East.

Ronald  Belisario took the  hill for LA with a seven-run cushion in the eighth and  yielded  a two-run  single to Werth  that trimmed the  lead to 9-4. Werth advanced  to  second base on a  balk and scored  on a double by Francisco that knocked the right-hander out of the game.

Kenley  Jansen  took over and  gave up a  one-out run-scoring single to Wilson Valdez  that  brought Philadelphia to within  three and George Sherrill out of the  bullpen. The  veteran  left-hander set  down  pinch-hitter Domonic  Brown before Jimmy Rollins walked and Raul Ibanez bounced out to end the threat.

The  visitors  pushed their lead to  9-2 in the eighth  as they put two men on against  J.C. Romero,  who was  replaced on  the hill  by Jose  Contreras, who allowed RBI hits to Casey Blake, Matt Kemp and Jamey Carroll.

Ronnie  Belliard,  Kemp and  Carroll delivered consecutive run-scoring singles with two outs in the first inning to stake the Dodgers to a 3-0 lead.

The  Phillies got on the board in the second when Ruiz singled, moved to third base on a Valdez double and scored on a Joe Blanton groundout.

Werth led off the fourth inning with a single, stole second base and scored on a one-out single by Ruiz just past diving second baseman Ryan Theriot out into center field for a 3-2 game.

Los  Angeles got the  run back in the top of the fifth on a Belliard sacrifice fly  that scored Theriot,  who deftly slid around the tag of Ruiz at the plate just ahead of Ibanez’s throw from left field.

Blanton  walked Theriot  to load the bases  with two outs in the sixth and was lifted  from  the game  and replaced by  Chad Durbin, who  got Andre Ethier to ground out to end the threat.

The Phillies right-hander allowed four runs on eight hits and four walks while fanning three over 5 2/3 innings.

Durbin,  though,  was not so fortunate  in the seventh, as James Loney singled and scored when Kemp followed with a home run to left field.

Los  Angeles  starter Clayton  Kershaw had set  down 10 in  a row before Shane Victorino,  activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, drew a two-out walk in the home seventh as a pinch-hitter and stole second base. Rollins then walked as Kershaw was removed from the game in favor of Hong-Chih Kuo, who got Ibanez to fly out to end the frame.

The  LA southpaw  yielded two runs on  six hits while walking two and striking out four in 6 2/3 frames.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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