WP: Justin DeFratus (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Matt Reynolds (0-1, 0.96 ERA) SV: Jonathan Papelbon (7)
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the ninth inning, having been shutout by opposing starter Brandon McCarthy for eight innings, the Phillies got to Heath Bell and tied to game. Chase Utley led the inning off with a double to deep right field, and Ryan Howard followed by advancing him to third on a groundout. Then, Delmon Young doubled-home Chase on a ball down the middle of the plate by Bell, cutting their deficit in half. The very next pitch, with John Mayberry pinch-running for D. Young, Domonic Brown singled him home and tied the game on his 18th RBI of the season.
Kyle Kendrick threw a respectable seven innings today, allowing just two runs on six hits and zero walks. The only runs he allowed were in the first inning, a leadoff home run to Parra and an A.J. Pollock RBI single to score Eric Chavez. Afterwards, he was nearly unhittable and appeared once again to be the effective, efficient pitcher he has been thus far in 2013. He received a no-decision today.
Then came the top of the tenth inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Ryan Howard finally broke out of his slump and picked up his first hit of the series with a two-run RBI single to right field. He was 0 for his last 18 with 10 strikeouts up to that point.
Justin DeFratus earned the win, throwing for the first time in the bigs this season after being recently promoted. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his seventh save of the season, the 264th overall in his career.
The Phils have off tomorrow as they travel back home to Citizens Bank Park to conclude the westcoast road trip. They will face the Cleveland Indians for a two-game series, before hosting the Phillies Phestival on Thursday in an effort to fight Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS. First-pitch Tuesday is set for 7:05 pm ET, as Jonathan Pettibone will oppose Scott Kazmir, former 2008 American League Champion of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Game Summary after the jump.