The Phillies rallied for three runs in the ninth inning as Kevin Frandsen delivered a walk-off, bases-loaded double to win it, 4-3.
Royals closer Greg Holland walked the first three hitters to start the ninth inning while nursing a two-run lead. However, Holland rallied to get a pair of strikeouts against Dom Brown and John Mayberry to push the Phillies to the brink.
Frandsen stepped in as a pinch-hitter for Humberto Quintero and laced the first pitch he saw into the gap in right-center field for the game-winner.
With the dramatic victory, the Phillies (2-3) can win their first series of the season on Sunday afternoon.
Starting pitching report
In his Phillies debut, lefty John Lannan retired the first nine hitters he faced and did not allow a hit until Jeff Francoeur slugged a double with no outs in the fifth. In seven innings, Lannan gave up three runs on five hits and he hit a batter. Lannan notched five strikeouts and he got 13 ground ball outs.
Royals starter Luiz Mendoza allowed just a pair of hits and a run in six innings. The righty also gave up three walks, but he struck out seven and recorded eight outs on ground balls.
Mike Adams pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Phillies, allowing a two-out single to Billy Butler and picking up a strikeout.
Antonio Bastardo faced three hitters in a scoreless ninth and took home the win on Frandsen’s hit.
For the Royals, Aaron Crow and Kelvin Herrera each pitched perfect innings before turning it over to Holland in the ninth.
At the plate
For the Phillies, Ben Revere drove home a run with a line-drive single to left in the fifth inning. Other than that, Michael Young singled with one out in the second inning for the Phillies’ second hit.
Frandsen had the Phillies only other hit.
The Royals cashed in on a pair of hits from Francoeur and two RBIs from Miguel Tejada. Infielder Elliott Johnson also picked up an RBI on a single in the fifth.
The Phillies announced a crowd of 39,475. It’s the first time the Phillies announced a crowd less than 40,000 since April 29, 2009, when they had 36,351 for a game against Washington.
The Phillies and Royals complete the three-game series on Sunday afternoon when Cole Hamels (0-1, 9.00) takes on right-hander James Shields (0-1, 1.50). Hamels has never faced the Royals during his career.
Shields is 1-0 with a 6.55 ERA in two career starts against the Phillies while with Tampa Bay. That does not include Game 2 of the 2008 World Series, when Shields beat the Phillies at Tropicana Stadium for the Rays’ only victory of the series.