MLB Game Summary - Philadelphia at Minnesota|
(Wednesday, June 13th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 9, Minnesota 8
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Phillies starter Cole Hamels had blown a
three-run lead in each of his last two starts, but was staked to a six-run
advantage before he even took the mound Wednesday.
Hamels, though, wobbled through six-plus innings and the Twins made a late
charge, but Philadelphia hung on for a 9-8 win over Minnesota in the middle
installment of a three-game interleague series.
Former Twin Jim Thome registered four RBI, including a mammoth two-run
homer, while John Mayberry belted a three-run shot as part of the six-run
top of the first for the Phillies, who won for just the second time in their
last 11 games.
"Baseball is an up-and-down game," Thome said of the Phillies' recent bad
play. "Any time you get a 'W,' you want to stretch that out and that's where
we're at. We're not trying to look too much ahead."
Hamels (9-3) fanned six and surrendered seven runs -- six earned -- on eight
hits. The All-Star left-hander has accumulated a 6.75 ERA over his first
three starts in June.
Josh Willingham laced a solo home run among his two RBI to extend his hitting
streak to 15 games for Minnesota, which has lost two of its last three. The
red-hot Trevor Plouffe, who's hitting .400 this month with six homers, 13 RBI
and 11 runs scored, smacked a solo shot.
"We do not die whatsoever no matter how many runs we're down. That's what
Twins baseball is all about," Twins outfielder Ben Revere said.
P.J. Walters (2-2) allowed four consecutive singles to start the game before
exiting with right shoulder stiffness. He was charged with four runs.
The Phillies led 9-3 following Thome's moonshot to center in the fourth
He cracked a 2-1 changeup from Anthony Swarzak that sailed over the batter's
eye in center field and onto the main concourse. The blast was estimated at
466 feet and Thome received a standing ovation while circling around the
Minnesota, however, stormed back into the contest with a run in the sixth and
four more in the seventh.
Willingham cracked a solo shot in the sixth to cut the deficit to 9-4,
while Denard Span's RBI double -- which knocked Hamels out of the game -- and
a pair of RBI singles by Revere and Joe Mauer trimmed the margin to 9-7.
With runners on second and third with none away, Antonio Bastardo struck out
Willingham before Justin Morneau made it a one-run game with an RBI groundout.
Chad Qualls fanned three -- although the final strikeout victim, Jamey
Carroll, reached base on a wild pitch -- in the eighth, before Jonathan
Papelbon came on for a four-out save, his 17th of the year.
Earlier, four consecutive singles to start the game by Jimmy Rollins, Juan
Pierre, Hunter Pence and Thome gave the Phillies a quick 2-0 lead. With the
bases loaded, Thome ripped a base hit to right-center, which plated Rollins
Jeff Manship entered the game for Walters and Carlos Ruiz greeted him with an
RBI single to right. Two batters later, Mayberry laced a three-run homer over
the wall in left.
Plouffe drilled a solo shot over the wall in left to get the Twins on the
board in the second, but the Phillies got the run back in the third when
Mayberry pulled an RBI double down the third-base line to make it 7-1.
Hamels moved to 5-0 on the season in six outings away from home and avoided
dropping a third-straight start for the first time since Aug. 7-19, 2010...
Pierre, Pence and Ruiz added three hits apiece, with Pence and Ruiz scoring
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