Instant Replay: Royals 9, Phillies 8

Instant Replay: Royals 9, Phillies 8

April 7, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Cole Hamels gave up the first grand slam of his professional baseball career and allowed a career-high eight earned runs, and the Royals overcame an early four-run deficit for the second time in three nights and a wild ninth-inning Phillies rally to beat the Phils 9-8 Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Billy Butler drove in seven runs, including his first career grand slam, which turned a 4-2 Phillies lead in the fifth into a 6-4 deficit.

The Phillies, who scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Royals Saturday night, entered the bottom of the ninth down 9-4 but scored four runs and got the tying run to third and the winning run to second before Kelvin Herrera, the third pitcher of the inning, fanned Erik Kratz on a nine-pitch at-bat to end the game.

Ezequiel Carrera walked to open the ninth and after John Mayberry struck out, Ben Revere singled and Jimmy Rollins clubbed a three-run homer to make it 9-7.

Greg Holland replaced J.C. Gutierrez for the Royals and retired Chase Utley for the second out of the inning, but singles by Ryan Howard and Michael Young chased Holland.

Laynce Nix then drove an RBI single to center off Herrera, scoring Howard. Herrera threw a wild pitch, moving the tying run to third and the winning run to second before he fanned Kratz with Young just 90 feet away.

The Phillies fell to 2-4 this year and 0-2 with Hamels on the mound.

Five of the Phillies’ first six batters reached base, and four of them scored, but the Phillies couldn’t build on the early 4-0 lead off righty James Shields, who stuck around long enough to earn the win.

Hamels had not allowed a grand slam in 213 previous major-league games and didn’t allow any in 36 career minor-league games.

But with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, Butler smashed a 1-0 fastball just over the left-field fence. It was originally ruled a three-run double before the umpires reviewed the videotape and ruled it a home run.

Butler was 2-for-17 with one RBI this year before swatting his first career grand slam. He finished with seven RBIs.

Hamels, who allowed five earned runs in five innings Monday in Atlanta, gave up two runs in the third before the four-run fifth. In all, he allowed nine hits and walked four.

In both of his 2013 starts, Hamels has allowed at least five earned runs and failed to pitch six innings. Last year, he didn’t have a single start in which he gave up at least five runs and pitched less than six innings.

Through two starts, Hamels has allowed 13 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings, a 10.97 ERA. This is the first time he’s allowed five or more earned runs since his first two starts of 2009 – at Colorado and vs. the Padres.

Despite allowing four of the first five batters he faced to score, Shields went six innings for the win. He gave up hits to five of the first six Phillies he faced and threw 24 pitches in the first inning but settled down after that, allowing five more hits but no runs. He also singled and scored in the sixth.

Stat of the day
Hamels has allowed more earned runs in his first two starts this year (13) than he gave up in his first seven starts last year (12).

In the field
Carrera, making his first start in right field in two years and only the sixth of his career, made a fine diving catch of Lorenzo Cain’s sinking line drive to end the top of the second. Carrera had not played an inning in right field since Sept. 24, 2011, with the Indians vs. the Twins.

Utley locked in
Utley had two more hits, raising his average to .391. Utley has three multi-hit games already this year. Last year, he only had three multi-hit games in his first 25 games after starting the season in late June.

This and that
Michael Young, who had just three hits in the Phillies’ first five games, went 4-for-5 with two singles and a double, to raise his batting average from .188 to .300. … Butler is the 21st player to have seven RBIs in a game vs. the Phillies. Jason Giambi did it two years ago with the Rockies. The last Royal with seven RBIs in a game was Jose Guillen, who had seven in a 12-11 loss to the Yankees on June 7, 2008. … Ben Revere had three hits and a stolen base, raising his average from .182 to .259. … The Phillies struck out 14 times. ... Rollins’ three RBIs were his first this year.

What's next
The Phillies open a three-game homestand against the Mets Monday. All three games are 7:05 p.m. starts. Roy Halladay, looking to rebound from his brief 2013 debut in Atlanta, pitches Monday, facing Mets righty Matt Harvey. Cliff Lee faces Dillon Gree Tuesday, and it’s Kyle Kendrick vs. Jeremy Hefner on Wednesday.

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