Teammates douse Freddy Galvis in water after the infielder hit a walk-off home run in the Phillies' 6-5 win over the Braves. (AP)
Freddy Galvis hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth after Jonathan Papelbon failed to save Kyle Kendrick's first win in over a month as the Phillies beat the Braves, 6-5, on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Andrelton Simmons tied the game with a two-run, two-out, two-strike homer in the top of the ninth. Kendrick, who was in line for the victory, tied a career high with eight strikeouts.
Galvis finished with four hits and Carlos Ruiz led the way with three RBIs. The first four in the Phillies' order — Cesar Hernandez, Kevin Frandsen, Chase Utley and Ruiz — combined to go 10 for 19 and scored five runs.
The victory improved the Phillies to 65-77, but they remain 20 1/2 games behind the division-leading Braves.
The Phillies are 10-2 in their last dozen one-run games.
Starting pitching report
Kendrick tossed a quality start for just the second time in his last eight outings. The eight strikeouts matched a career high he set last Sept. 10 in a win over the Marlins. Over six innings, he gave up three runs on four hits and three walks. He also hit a batter.
Kendrick retired the side in order three times (first, second, fifth) and fanned Braves leadoff hitter B.J. Upton three times in as many at-bats.
Alex Wood was not sharp facing the Phillies his second time around. He surrendered four runs on nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. In his first start against the Phils on Aug. 4, the left-hander limited them to one run and two hits across six frames.
Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman preserved the lead before Papelbon blew it in the ninth. Papelbon was one strike away from his 26th save before allowing the tying home run to Simmons in an eight-pitch at-bat. The blown save was his seventh.
At the plate
The Phillies had at least one hit in every inning and 15 overall.
Galvis led the way with four base knocks, all singles before his walk-off homer. Hernandez and Frandsen had three hits apiece, and Utley and Ruiz each added two. Darin Ruf was 0 for 2 but drew three walks.
For the Braves, Andrelton Simmons homered for the third time in his last four contests and was 3 for 4 overall.
Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson each enjoyed two-hit nights. Johnson, who entered the night as the National League's batting leader, was 2 for 4 and raised his average to .332. B.J. Upton stuck out four times.
On the bases
After Simmons advanced to second on a passed ball in the seventh, he was later picked off by De Fratus in a rundown. The old 1-5-4-6-3-4-5 caught stealing.
There is no timetable for Domonic Brown's return, manager Ryne Sandberg said prior to Saturday's game.
The All-Star outfielder is nursing a sore Achilles tendon and hasn't seen game action since appearing as a pinch-hitter on Sept. 1. Because of expanded rosters in September, the club has not had to place Brown on the disabled list.
In the series finale on Sunday afternoon, Cole Hamels (6-13, 3.50) will take the hill coming off perhaps his most dominant start of the season.
On Monday, Hamels allowed just one run on two hits to Washington, struck out eight and walked none, but he did not get a decision. He's 2-0 and owns a 1.90 ERA in his last seven outings.
The Phillies will face their third straight southpaw in Paul Maholm (10-10, 4.41). The Phils beat him up for five runs and nine hits in a win on July 5.