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Phils Earn Whacky Walk-Off Win

Phillies 2B Michael Martinez (far left) celebrates with (left to right) Joe Blanton, John Mayberry Jr and Placido Polanco after his three-run homer in the 2nd inning. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 7, Rockies 6
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (1-2, 2.28)
LP – Rafael Batencourt (1-3, 3.28)

PHIADELPHIA — Twice Rafael Batencourt produced two ground balls but twice his infield failed to get the batters out on them.

Back-to-back infield hits, the second being on a catching error by Todd Helton, resulted in the Phillies 7-6 walk-off win in the 9th inning.

The game was nearly lost in the 9th with Jonathan Papelbon on the hill. He gave up a two-out RBI single to Dexter Fowler that gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead in the 9th inning.

But the Phillies rallied with two outs in the bottom half.

Ty Wigginton singled with two outs to set up Hunter Pence’s RBI double off the wall in the corner of left field. Wigginton was running on the pitch and scored from first to tie the game, 6-6.

With runners on first and second and two outs, Shane Victorino legged out a ground ball up the middle, beating Marco Scutaro’s throw. The next batter, Placido Polanco, hit the ball in the same spot, but this time Helton couldn’t find the bag and Polly was safe, scoring Pence from third.

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Late homers complete come back

Phillies starter Cole Hamels allowed two runs in six innings while striking out five in his no decision on Monday. (Chris Schneider/AP Photo)

Shane Victorino knew it was gone once it left his bat.

The switch-hitting All-Star, who was flipped to his right side – the stronger of the two – ripped a solo home run to lead off the 10th, capping a come back win over the Rockies. The 4-3 win expanded the Phils winning streak to four games, starting the 10-game road trip off with a win.

John Mayberry’s two-run blast off closer Huston Street in the 9th inning tied the game up at 3-apiece. Street’s blown save was his fifth on the season, erasing the chance at a huge win over a hot Phillies team. After sitting down the first two batters, Street gave up a two-out double to Carlos Ruiz before Mayberry’s two-run blast.

Hamels was strong in his six innings of work, allowing two runs, both on a mistake to the Rockies Seth Smith. He even worked his way out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the 5th inning as he gave up six hits and a walk while striking out five in the no-decision.

The lack of run support early erased an opportunity for the left-hander to get his 13th win. Instead, he was slated with the no-decision.

The left-handed hitting Smith for the Rockies got the scoring going in the 2nd, when he took Hamels’ 2-1 offering into the centerfield grass to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. It was only his 9th home run of the season.

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