Suddenly surging Phillies earn walk-off win to improve to 5-1 since All-Star break
PHILADELPHIA — Whatever the Philadelphia Phillies did during the All-Star break has turned them into winners.
Pinch-hitter Odubel Herrera's RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
The Phillies lost a franchise-record 62 games before last week's four-day break, but are 5-1 since returning. They swept a three-game set against Miami and took two of three from the Rays to win consecutive series for the first time since last September.
"They're playing with energy and playing to win games," interim manager Pete Mackanin said.
Domonic Brown led off the 10th with a single off Brad Boxberger (4-6) and advanced on a sacrifice. After a bouncer to the mound for the second out, Herrera lined the 11th pitch he saw to left-center to drive in Brown.
"They let me know I was going to be the third hitter so I went down to the cage and took swings to get ready," Herrera said through an interpreter.
Herrera was mobbed by teammates after rounding first and was taken down to the ground by Jonathan Papelbon as players piled on.
"That was a real good at-bat, extremely impressive," Mackanin said. "He's a free-swinger and he covers much of the plate. I felt he was going to put the ball in play."
Papelbon (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. The All-Star closer got help from his defense in the ninth after Logan Forsythe walked to lead off and went to third on a single by David DeJesus. James Loney then grounded into a first-to-second double play with Forsythe staying at third while DeJesus was caught in a rundown. Third baseman Andres Blanco then saved a run with an outstanding, barehanded catch and throw to retire Jake Elmore on a slow grounder.
Papelbon has made it clear numerous times he wants to play for a contender so it could've been his last game in Philadelphia as the team hits the road before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
"It doesn't bother me," Papelbon said. "I just grind. I show up to play and get outs."
The Phillies appeared to take a 5-4 lead in the eighth but a video review changed the call. Freddy Galvis hit a bouncer to first baseman Loney with one out and the bases loaded. Loney stepped on the bag and threw home. Cody Asche seemed to slide under catcher Rene Rivera's tag and plate umpire Chris Conroy called him safe. But the Rays challenged and it was overturned after a video review that lasted 3:42.
Logan Forsythe hit a solo homer and RBI double for the Rays.
"I don't know what to say," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It was ugly. We did a lot of things poorly."
The Phillies went ahead 4-3 in the sixth off relievers Brandon Gomes and Xavier Cedeno. Asche hit an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run when first baseman Loney didn't field Ben Revere's bouncer for an error.
Phillies rookie Adam Morgan pitched out of several jams early in the game but couldn't make it past the fifth. The rookie lefty allowed three runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Rays starter Jake Odorizzi gave up two runs and five hits, striking out five in five innings.
Evan Longoria snapped an 0-for-20 slump with an RBI double in the fifth. Forsythe followed with a double to tie it at 2-2 and chase Morgan. Justin De Fratus entered and walked pinch-hitter David DeJesus. Pinch-hitter Loney then lined an RBI single to left-center for a 3-2 lead.
Rays: LHP Drew Smyly will throw a regular bullpen session Friday. Smyly threw live batting practice on Tuesday. He's recovering from a torn left labrum.
Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco was held out of the lineup for the second straight game after hurting his right elbow on Monday night. He walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. 2B Chase Utley took swings, fielded grounders and is getting close to starting a rehab assignment. The six-time All-Star has been on the DL with an ankle injury since June 24.
Rays: RHP Chris Archer (9-7, 2.73) starts Friday night against Baltimore's Chris Tillman (7-7, 4.96) in the opener of a three-game home series vs. the Orioles.
Phillies: RHP Jerome Williams (3-7, 6.43) takes the mound Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field against Jon Lester (5-8, 3.37) in the opener of a three-game series against the Cubs.