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Polanco’s Two-Run Double Wins It in 8th

Phillies RF Hunter Pence hits an RBI single in the 1st inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Late inning heroics: these are the Phillies of old that everyone has missed.

A two-run double by Placido Polanco in the 8th inning gave the Phils a 6-4 win over the Cubs.

Juan Pierre, pinch hitting in the pitcher’s spot, was hit by a pitch. He got to third on a Jimmy Rollins single that saw the Phillies short stop working the count and easily having one of the best at-bats for the Phillies this season.

Vance Worley was fantastic once again, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Phillies to within one game of .500. Worley allowed only one run on five hits and a walk, striking out five.

Worley didn’t allow a run until the 7th inning when he got Geovany Soto to ground into a double play and allowed a run to score. In the last 22 innings Worley has pitched he’s allowed only two runs.

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Werewolf in Philly: Raul’s blast wins it in walk-off fashion

“I saw a werewolf drinking a piƱa colada at McFadden’s, his hair was perfect… Raaaaaaauuuuuul.”

Raaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuuul

Raul Ibanez absolutely smoked a baseball in the bottom of the 10th as he propelled the Phillies over the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, with a walk-off home run.

Ibanez’s shot came with one out in the bottom of the 10th off Braves reliever Scott Proctor. It left his bat in a hurry and was gone as soon as he hit it.

Roy Halladay was fantastic as usual, but this time, a decision was not on the books for Doc. Halladay went seven strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven.

Atlanta got on the board first in the bottom of the 2nd. After a Chipper Jones single, Carlos Ruiz allowed a ball past him and Jones moved into scoring positon. He was then driven in by Freddie Freeman to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

The Phils answered right back in the bottom half with a Wilson Valdez sacrifice fly. But Atlanta made it a 2-1 game in the 4th when Dan Uggle hit an RBI single.

Then it was time for Ruiz to make up for his mistake in the 2nd. Chooch led off the bottom of the 4th with a solo home run that just made it over the wall to tie the game, 2-2.

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Surprising hero walks it off for Phils

The love/hate relationship the fans have with Ben Francisco turned to all love for one night.

Francisco, who found himself an almost permanent spot on the bench with Domonic Brown an everyday player, had the game-winning hit in the Phils 1-0 win Saturday night.

His hit was only the fourth hit for the Phils and the sixth on the night between the two teams. Heading into the bottom of the 9th, each team only had two hits. But a walk by Shane Victorino, a single by Brown and ground out by Brian Schneider moved the runners in scoring position.

With two down, Francisco pinch-hit for the pitcher, and grounded a ball between second and short to score Victorino easily and win the game.

Vance Worley pitched six innings of one-hit ball. He walked four and tallied four strike outs.

Only David Herndon allowed a hit in his 1 2/3 innings of work. Juan Perez’s 1/3 in the 8th and Michael Stutes’ 9th cleaned up the game for the Phils.

A’s starter Guillermo Moscoso went seven innings of two-hit ball while walking three and striking out two.

NOTES – Before the game, the Phillies placed Roy Oswalt on the 15-day DL and called up right-hander Scott Mathieson. They also activated catcher Brian Schneider and optioned Dane Sardina to AA Reading.

WP: Stutes (3-0). LP: Fuentes (1-8).

Boxscore.

Contreras goes on DL with right forearm strain

The Phillies placed right-handed reliever Jose Contreras on the 15-day DL with a right forearm strain.

They called up left-hander Juan Perez from AAA Lehigh Valley in his place.

This is Contreras’ second stint on the DL this season. He had spent almost a month on the DL from the beginning of May with elbow problems.

Perez, 32, is 0-3 with four saves and a 3.52 ERA in 28 appearances with Lehigh Valley this season.

In his major league career, Perez is 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA in 24 appearances, all with the Pittsburgh Pirates over the 2006-07 seasons.

Contreras is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA with five saves in as man opportunities in 17 games this season.

Hamels is fantastic

Cole Hamels is more than just a #4 starter on in this rotation. He was sharp and efficient as he was able to get four innings of stellar pitching in before he gave way to the bull pen in the Phillies 2-0 win today against the Red Sox

Hamels left the game with a 2-0 lead, going four innings while allowing only a walk and a hit and striking out three. His hit was the only one surrendered by the Phils all game.

It's been a long spring for Dom Brown, who is 0-for-15 with nine strike outs so far this spring. (Yong Kim/Philly Inquirer)

The Phillies two runs came in the second when Jeff Larish hit a two-run double, scoring Ben Francisco and John Mayberry. Francisco had a two-hit day as well.

Scott Mathieson, Michael Stutes and Juan Perez combined for five no-hit innings, allowing two walks and four strike outs.

On a more serious note, Dom Brown continued his struggles at the plate, going 0-f0r-3 with a strike out and a walk. He’s still hitless this spring, going 0-for-15 with nine strike outs.

2B: Larish, Victorino.

WP: Hamels. LP: Pimentel. S: Perez.

Boxscore.

AMARO LIKES SOX — Ruben Amaro, Jr. is an honest man. And he really thinks the Boston Red Sox are the best team in baseball. The Sox added first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and center fielder Carl Crawford, giving the Sox arguably the best offense and defense in baseball. And they have some pretty solid pitching to go along with that offense as well.

“This is the best club in baseball, I think,” Amaro said, referring to the Red Sox. “The combination of speed, power pitching, bullpen, they’re a hell of a ballclub. [They] don’t have a whole lot of holes.

“Anytime you bring that kind of talent to your club, they did a heck of a job,” Amaro said. “They already had a great team except for a whole hell of a lot of injuries. For them being in the race to hang around as decimated as they were, they were decimated every bit as much as the Mets were a couple years back [in 2009].”

Charlie Manuel didn’t fully say the Sox were the best team on paper but he does feel they made the most improvement in the off season.

“As far as improvement over the winter, Boston definitely,” said Manuel. “If you go position by position on the field, they improved their team quite a bit.”

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