The Phils take the series from the Mariners as they hold on to win, winning by the score of 4-3.
The Mariners took the lead in the top of the second as Kendrys Morales hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, while sending Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, up to third base. The Mariners retook the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Logan Morrison hits an RBI double, knocking in Kyle Seager, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Chris Denorfia’s infield single, before stopping at third base on third baseman Andres Blanco’s throwing error, giving the Mariners a 2-1 lead, while sending Denorfia, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mariners then took a 3-1 lead three batters later, after Denorfia was thrown out trying to steal home, 2-5-1, for the inning’s first out, a single by Jesus Sucre, sending Morrison, who had stayed on second base during the steal attempt, to third base, before moving up to second base on James Paxton’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Morrison would score on pitcher Cole Hamels’ wild pitch, while Sucre would move up to third base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Wil Nieves, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved all the way to third base on pitcher Paxton’s throwing error of Blanco’s grounder, allowing Blanco to reach second base, would score on catcher Sucre’s passed ball, making it a 3-2 Mariners’ lead, while Blanco would move up to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all two batters later as Ben Revere hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Blanco. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Paxton’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirtieth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, striking out Morales on a called third strike for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.53) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, a walk and two wild pitches, while striking out four. Jake Diekman collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out four. Ken Giles collected his seventh hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out the side. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirtieth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two. James Paxton (3-1, 2.20) took the lost as he pitched just four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, two walks, a passed ball and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Tom Wilhelmsen, Joe Beimel, Brandon Maurer and Danny Farquhar combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Wilhelmsen (2), Maurer (1)) and a walk (Wilhelmsen) between them, while striking out four (Wilhelmsen (1), Beimel (1), Maurer (1), Farquhar (2)).
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Wil Nieves (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) with two hits. Ben Revere (RBI), Chase Utley (RBI), Marlon Byrd (RBI), Andres Blanco and Pinch-Hitter Grady Sizemore had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. The final Phils run came in on a passed ball. The Phils also had three walks (Utley, Ryan Howard, Blano), and a stolen base (Revere, 37), while the defense committed an error (Blanco (1)) and caught a runner trying to steal home.
The Phils (56-71, 5th) have tomorrow off.