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Giants Win in Extras; Beat Phillies In Possibly Hamels’ Last Start At Home

Giants 6, Phillies 5
WP – Sergio Romo (3-1, 0.64)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (2-4, .349)
SV – Santiago Casilla (24)

PHILADELPHIA — Gregor Blanco knew he messed up the suicide squeeze.

What could have been the go-ahead run, Blanco whiffed on a suicide squeeze that could have scored Buster Posey and given the Giants a 6-5 lead. But Posey was caught dead in his tracks and the rally ended.

Blanco made up for it in the 10th inning, driving in Melky Cabrera with an RBI single, giving the Giants the 6-5 win.

What was billed to be a pitcher’s battle turned into a bit of a slugfest between Cole Hamels and Matt Cain.

Both pitchers gave up three homers apiece, including giving up solo shots to each other. It was the first time since 2002 that opposing pitchers gave up home runs to each other.

Hamels gave the Phillies 7 2/3 innings in what could possibly be his last home start barring an extension in the next week. He gave up five runs on 10 hits and three walks, striking out six.

When Hamels’ day ended after 128 pitches, he walked off the mound and waved to the crowd. Whether it was¬†acknowledging¬†the crowd or waving goodbye to a fan base that has seen him come up through the system, Hamels knows Philadelphia loves him.

The Phillies scored first in the 1st inning on a solo home run by Chase Utley. But San Francisco tied it up in the 3rd on Cain’s solo shot.

The Giants added two more in the same inning thanks to a two-run homer by All-Star catcher Posey. Hamels answered with a home run of his own in the bottom of the 3rd, cutting the Giants lead to 3-2.

After Posey’s RBI in the 5th made it 4-2, Ryan Howard blasted his third home run of the year, a three-run shot deep to right-center to give the Phillies a 5-4 lead.

Melky Cabrera hit the sixth home run of the game, a solo shot off Hamels in the 8th to tie the game up, 5-5.

HR: Utley (3), Hamels (1), Howard (3).

Boxscore.

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