Phillies show character in come-from-behind win

Phillies show character in come-from-behind win
April 27, 2014, 1:00 am
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Carlos Ruiz celebrates with Jimmy Rollins after scoring the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the Phillies' 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks Saturday. (AP)


PHOENIX -- The Phillies called Saturday night’s win over the Arizona Diamondbacks a "good character win," and for a team floating around the .500 mark, the come-from-behind victory was rewarding.

Down 5-0 as late as the seventh inning, the Phils rallied for two in the seventh and four in the eighth to even their record at 12-12 with a 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks before 35,462 at Chase Field (see Instant Replay).

The win was the Phillies’ first when down by five runs in the seventh since defeating the Brewers on July 24, 2012. It was also the first win of this season when trailing after seven innings.

“Real good win for the team,” Cody Asche, who delivered the key hit with a pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth, said. “Good teams find ways to win and that’s baseball.”

Asche’s hit came with the bases loaded and one out against D’backs reliever Trevor Cahill, who started the season as a starter but has since been demoted to the bullpen. The Phillies (12-12) took advantage of Cahill’s down season by having five of the first six batters Cahill face reach base.

Noted as a sinkerball pitcher, the Phils were aware of Cahill’s ineffectiveness in locating his pitches.

“No, I have no history with [Cahill] and that was the first time I faced him,” Asche said. “The pitch I hit was a fastball and he got it up. I’m sure that’s not the pitch he wanted to throw.”

Asche’s blow was the second pinch-hit double of the game. Tony Gywnn Jr. jump-started the offense with a double down the left-field line, plating Carlos Ruiz for the Phillies’ first run and to set the team in motion.

The Diamondbacks (8-19) managed to get to starter Cliff Lee -- who did not decision in the game -- for eight hits and five runs in the first three innings, but the veteran lefty settled down to retire the final 10 Arizona hitters he faced in order.

“They got to me early and it was one of those games,” Lee said. “I managed to recover and want to be in a position to help my team. Putting up zeros is a big part of your job as a pitcher.”

Lee’s final line: six innings, eight hits allowed, five runs (three earned), two strikeouts and two walks. His two walks equaled his season total entering the game. Dating back to Sept. 6 of last year, Lee had walked three in his previous 10 starts.

Down by one in the ninth, Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado led the inning off with a single to center off of Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.

With Prado on first, Papelbon’s pitch to Paul Goldschmidt hit off of Ruiz’s glove, allowing Prado to take off for second. Ruiz recovered, but second base umpire Chris Conroy initially ruled his throw to Chase Utley late.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg immediately saw Prado’s foot off the bag and challenged the call. After a review period of three minutes, 36 seconds, the call was reversed and Prado was deemed out. Papelbon closed out the game by striking out Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero flied out to center.

“We saw [Prado’s] foot was off the bag,” Sandberg said. “We saw that right away and made the challenge.”

For his part, Prado said the challenge was correct.

“Yeah, my foot came off the bag and [Utley] tagged me,” Prado said.

Phillies reliever Jeff Manship picked up the win, his first victory since Sept. 6, 2010 when he was with Kansas City.

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