Chase Utley drove a two-run home run deep to right with no outs in the bottom of the 14th inning to lift the Phillies to a 5-3 win over Miami Thursday night.
Utley’s home run came with Jimmy Rollins (walk) on base. Chris Hatcher surrendered the homer on an 0-2 pitch.
Justin De Fratus got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. The Phillies’ bullpen was excellent again with seven scoreless innings.
Utley has three walkoff homers in his career. This was his first since 2006. It was the 223rd homer of his career, tying him with Greg Luzinski for sixth on the Phillies’ all-time list.
With the win, the Phils moved to within five games of first place in the NL East.
Moments before Utley’s game-winner, third baseman Cody Asche made a spectacular leaping catch on a liner by Donovan Solano to end the top of the 14th and save a run.
Starting pitching report
Cole Hamels went seven innings for the 10th straight start. He allowed three runs -- all on solo homers. The left-hander did not walk a batter and struck out seven.
Miami right-hander Tom Koehler held the Phillies to two runs on seven hits over six walk-free innings. He struck out six.
Jake Diekman survived three baserunners in the top of the ninth. He struck out Marcell Ozuna on a 99-mph fastball with the bases loaded to end the top of the eighth.
Jonathan Papelbon struck out two in a quick top of the ninth inning. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless 10th. Kenny Giles pitched a scoreless 11th and hit 101 mph on the stadium radar gun. Mario Hollands pitched a scoreless 12th. De Fratus pitched scoreless ball in the 13th and 14th innings.
Miami right-hander Bryan Morris allowed an unearned run as the Phillies tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Dunn struck out the side in the eighth for Miami.
At the plate
Carlos Ruiz (sacrifice fly in the fourth) and Utley (two-out single in the fifth) drove in the Phillies’ first two runs.
Domonic Brown, who was held out of the starting lineup for the second time in three games, led off the seventh with a pinch-hit single. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tony Gwynn Jr., and to third on a ground out. Brown scored the tying run when Miami first baseman Jeff Baker committed an error on a potential inning-ending ground ball by Jimmy Rollins.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Giancarlo Stanton and Ozuna all hit solo homers off Hamels.
Cliff Lee will make an important step in his recovery from an elbow strain when he throws a simulated game Friday afternoon.
Pitching prospect Jesse Biddle is taking a mental break (see story).
The Phillies open a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday night – RH Kyle Kendrick (3-7, 4.20) vs. RH Julio Teheran (6-5, 2.41)
Saturday afternoon (Game 1 of doubleheader) -- RH Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 4.41) vs. RH Ervin Santana (5-5, 4.15)
Saturday night (Game 2) -- RH Sean O’Sullivan (no record) vs. RH David Hale (3-2, 2.72)
Sunday afternoon -- RH David Buchanan (4-3, 4.79) vs. RH Aaron Harang (6-6, 3.78)