Phillies Complete Amazing Comeback Win to Cap Historic Road Trip

Phillies Complete Amazing Comeback Win to Cap Historic Road Trip

The 9-1 best-in-team-history 10-game road trip looked to be in serious jeopardy on Wednesday afternoon out in L.A. when Vance Worley came out in the first inning and gave up a hefty five spot.

But this is the Philadelphia Phillies we're talking about. They're not the best team in baseball for nothing, and overcoming a 6-0 deficit after three innings is a challenge they're certainly up for.

In a long, strange game in which the Phillies had five different pitchers throw at least one inning and every starting position player either notch a hit or score a run, the Phillies battled back from the deep early hole and found a way to win.

The Phils scored 3 runs in the top of the 4th, two of them on a Hunter Pence blast to dead center, and the third on a single by Vance Worley. Hey, at least he helped them battle back.

They added two more in the fifth -- Victorino scored on a Casey Blake error and Howard scored on an Ibanez ground out -- to bring the Phils to within one at 6-5.

But it was an explosive sixth inning that really made this one exciting. Trailing 7-5 in the sixth, pinch-hitter Ben Francisco showed some value by working a walk and was eventually moved to third on a J-Roll single. Victorino went down hacking for the second out and that brought up Chase Utley who was 0-3 on the day at that point.

Utley slapped a single the other way that scored both Francisco and Rollins to tie the game at 7-7. Phillies fans didn't even have enough time to savor Utley's timely single because Ryan Howard bashed a ball to the opposite field that he knew was gone right off his bat. It was now 9-7 and the "Holy shit! What a comeback!" sentiment started spreading throughout Philadelphia.

But it wasn't over juuuust yet. David Herndon pitched a clean bottom half of the sixth before Charlie Manuel brought out Brad Lidge for the seventh. Lidge got Ethier on strikes before allowing a pair of Dodgers on. Manuel had seen enough of his former closer and went to his young lefty stud in Antonio Bastardo in a tight situation.

Bastardo seems to savor this big situations and was once again fantastic. He forced Loney to fly out and got Navarro on strikes. Charlie stuck with Bastardo for the eighth and the kid rewarded him with a 1-2-3 inning.

Mad Dog made things a little too interesting in the ninth, but a sprinting Raul Ibanez grab on a ball trailing away from him in left kept the damage to a minimum. Ibanez gets ripped on a bit too much for his defense and it's simply offbase a lot of the time. Heck of a defensive snare by Rauuuuuul there.

A win. A sweep. And a 9-1 road trip to cap off a 16-4 stretch of 20 games in 20 days.

Enjoy the day off on Thursday, Phils. You sure deserve it.

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.