Chooch to the Rescue!

Phillies' Shane Victorino triples in the first.AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Carlos Ruiz is Mr. Clutch (or Senor Embrague). His one-out RBI single was the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth for the Phillies as they won 9-5 over Colorado Monday night.

Shane Victorino had a huge game, going 2-for-3 with a pair of triples, three runs scored and was also on base five times. Ruiz had a four-hit game including his solo shot in the sixth and Jayson Werth hit his NL-leading 17th double.

Kyle Kendrick was decent in his six-inning outing. He allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out one in the no-decision. Kendrick would get a lead and then cough it up through-out the game.

J.C. Romero came in relief in the seventh for Kendrick and surrendered the game-tying run to take a decision away from Kendrick.

The Phillies got a great chance in the top of the eighth. With Victorino on first, Placido Polanco hit a pop up to right that Brad Hawpe dropped, putting runners on the corners with two outs for Chase Utley. But Utley flew out to left to end the inning.

But after Danys Baez’s solid bottom half, the Phillies got runners on first and second with one out for Chooch. He ripped a ground ball in between short stop and third to make it a 6-5 game. Ross Gload followed up with a three-run homer to blow the game open to 9-5.

Jose Contreras pitched the bottom of the ninth to finish the game.

Doubles: Werth (17). Triples: Victorino 2 (4). HR: Ruiz (2), Gload (1).

WP: Baez (1-1). LP: Corpas (1-2).



Werth was named the National League player of the week. He was the second Phillie to get the honor (Roy Halladay won it in the first week of the season). Dallas Braden, who threw a perfect game on Mother’s Day, won it for the American League. Jamie Moyer was one of the honorable mentions with his complete game shut out on Saturday.


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