The Phillies broke a 6-6 tie as well as Cincinnati reliever Arthur Rhodes’ scoreless string at 32 innings on Tuesday with a 3 run uprising in the tenth inning. Leftfielder Raul Ibanez doubled in the lead run while pinch hitter Ben Francisco and 2nd baseman Wilson Valdez also drove in tenth inning runs. Up by a 6-3 score in the ninth inning, closer Brad Lidge blew his 2nd save opportunity of the season as Reds 1st baseman Joey Votto slammed a 3 run, 2 out game-tying homer. Lidge ended up being the winning pitcher as lefthanded reliever J.C. Romero went clean on the Red’s in the tenth inning to end it, thus earning his 3rd save as the Phillies beat Cincinnati by a 9-6 score in ten innings while breaking Rhodes’ scoreless string.
With the win, the Phillies gained a game on NL East division leading Atlanta and trail the Braves, who lost to Washington, by 2 1/2 games while trailing the 2nd place Mets, who were edged by Florida, by a game.
3 run homers in the second and fourth innings off of Cincinnati starter Mike Leake by catcher Brian Schneider and subbing 2nd baseman Wilson Valdez staked the Phillies and starter Joe Blanton to a 6-1 lead. Blanton tossed his typical 7 2/3rd innings of 3 run, 8 hit ball only to have closer Brad Lidge give up a 2 out, 3 run game-tying homer to Reds 1st baseman Joey Votto.
But the ninth inning tie opened the way for the Phils’ tenth inning heroics. The AP game recap for Yahoo describes the inning and the game:
Ibanez then doubled—the ball bounced off Drew Stubbs’ glove at the wall in center—for the first run allowed by Rhodes since April 10, starting the winning rally.
Francisco was sent in to bat for Schneider and slammed a single to drive in the 8th run — the 2nd off of Rhodes, all with none out. Reliever Nick Masset retired the side after replacing Rhodes, who was charged with all tenth inning 3 runs.
The recap continues:
For one night, their fill-ins did fine.
Wilson Valdez started at second base for the first time this season and hit his third homer, a three-run shot off well-rested rookie Mike Leake. He also drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the 10th.
Brian Schneider had a three-run homer off Leake, who had his last turn skipped to cut down on his innings. The 22-year-old has thrown 95 1-3 innings— the most by any NL rookie—prompting the Reds to skip his turn last week.
Pitching for the first time in eight days, Leake left several pitches right down the middle. He gave up seven hits and six runs in six innings. In his last four starts, Leake is 0-2 with a 6.85 ERA.
Joe Blanton gave up three runs in 7 2-3 innings, and the Phillies turned it over to a closer who had blown only one save this season.
Lidge started the ninth and got the first two outs. He walked Brandon Phillips, then gave up a single by Orlando Cabrera and Votto’s tying homer deep to center, his 17th. J.C. Romero pitched the 10th for his third save in four tries.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was ejected by plate umpire C.B. Bucknor for arguing a ball-and-strike call during the winning rally in the 10th.
The Phils reported on Tuesday that both 2nd baseman Chase Utley and 3rd baseman Placido Polanco were placed on the DL and sent home to Philadelphia for exams to determine how long they’d be sidelined. The report noted:
Utley has a sprained right thumb. Polanco has a sore left elbow.
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