Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Padres 5 (13 innings)

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Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Padres 5 (13 innings)

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SAN DIEGO – Two nights after imploding in the ninth inning in one of their worst losses of the season, the Phillies showed a little fight and a lot of excellent bullpen work in rallying for 7-5 win over the San Diego Padres in 13 innings.

The Phillies scored two unearned runs in the top of the 13th on a hit batsman, a walk and a pair of two-out errors.

Padres second baseman Logan Forsythe committed two errors on Ben Revere’s two-out grounder between first and second base. Chase Utley and Domonic Brown were able to score on the play. Though Revere did not get a hit, he worked a tough eight-pitch at-bat against lefty Tommy Layne and put the ball in play. Revere fouled off four pitches in the at-bat.

Cole Hamels’ difficult season continued. For the second game in a row, he squandered an early lead. He was on the hook for his 12th loss before Delmon Young’s game-tying, two-run homer in the eighth.

The Phillies’ bullpen was fabulous in pitching seven scoreless innings.

The Phillies (38-41) ended up winning two of three in the series and trail Atlanta by seven games in the NL East.

Starting pitching report
Hamels allowed seven hits, including four doubles and a home run, and five runs (one unearned) in six innings of work. He walked two (one intentionally) and struck out five.

The left-hander’s season ERA is up to 4.58.

Rookie left-hander Robbie Erlin came up from Triple A for this start, his second in the majors, and held the Phillies to three runs over 6 1/3 innings. One of the runs was unearned. Erlin allowed four hits and three of them came in the first two innings. Erlin joined the Padres from Texas in a deal for Mike Adams at the 2011 trade deadline.

Bullpen report
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. says he wants to take a look at some of his young relievers. J.C. Ramirez is giving Amaro something to see. Ramirez followed up his three-strikeout big-league debut Sunday by getting six outs in this game.

Phillippe Aumont pitched out of trouble in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. He followed with a scoreless 10th.

Jake Diekman, Joe Savery and Jonathan Papelbon all pitched a scoreless inning. Antonio Bastardo did not appear in the game after throwing 30 pitches Tuesday night. Justin De Fratus did not appear in the game. Phils manager Charlie Manuel said he wanted to avoid using De Fratus because of the reliever's recent workload.

Padres lefty Joe Thatcher entered a 5-3 game with the bases loaded in the seventh and retired Utley on one pitch in one of the game’s pivotal at-bats. Thatcher stayed on for the eighth and allowed a two-run hustle double to Brown. Luke Gregerson entered and gave up a game-tying homer Young. Gregerson had allowed just one homer in 33 1/3 innings.

At the plate
Young’s game-tying homer was his first in 43 at-bats and it came on the same day manager Charlie Manuel indicated that it was time for Young to start producing.

The Phils went a stretch of 16 plate appearances without a hit from the second to the seventh inning.

They had just two hits after the eighth inning.

Forsythe doubled twice and scored twice against Hamels. Chris Denorfia belted a two-run homer against Hamels.

In the field
Young misplayed a base hit in the third inning and it resulted in a run.

Padres rightfielder Kyle Blanks dropped a foul pop up that would have ended the top of the seventh. The error gave pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen life and he singled home a run. Blanks also misplayed Brown’s hit into a double in the eighth.

Minor matters
Third baseman Maikel Franco and pitcher Jesse Biddle, both top prospects playing at Double A, have been selected to play in the Futures Game as part of All-Star festivities on July 14 at Citi Field in New York.

Up next
The Phils travel up the coast to begin a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night. Pitching matchups:

Thursday night -- RH Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.14) vs. RH Zach Greinke (4-2, 3.79)

Friday night -- LH John Lannan (0-2, 5.84) vs. LH Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09)

Saturday night -- LH Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.53) vs. LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.96)

Sunday afternoon -- RH Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.56) vs. RH Stephen Fife (1-2, 3.25)

Best of MLB: Cubs take control in NL Central with win over Brewers

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Best of MLB: Cubs take control in NL Central with win over Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella drew a bases-loaded walk off All-Star closer Corey Knebel with one out in the 10th inning, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Friday night to tighten their grip on the NL Central.

The Cubs hold a five-game lead with nine days left in the regular season after winning their second straight tense game over the Brewers. Milwaukee dropped into third in the division, 5 1/2 games behind Chicago, after St. Louis beat Pittsburgh earlier Friday.

The Brewers had the tying run at first with one out in the bottom of the 10th, but Eric Sogard was called out at second trying to advance on a ball in the dirt. Shortstop Addison Russell appeared to hold the tag as Sogard's foot lifted off second for a split-second, and the call was confirmed on review (see full recap).

Ryan Goins' hidden-ball trick, grand slam lead Blue Jays over Yankees
TORONTO -- Ryan Goins successfully pulled off a hidden ball trick and hit his second career grand slam, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees 8-1 Friday night and ensuring New York had to wait at least one more day to clinch a playoff berth.

With Todd Frazier on base following a leadoff double in the third, Jose Bautista made a running catch just in front of the right field warning track on Jacoby Ellsbury's one-out drive. Goins caught Bautista's throw while standing near second base, then pretended to toss the ball to pitcher Marco Estrada while slipping in into his glove.

Goins turned his back to Frazier, who had returned to the base, and when Frazier briefly lifted his left foot off the base, Goins tagged him on the left thigh. Frazier insisted he had maintained contact with the base, but umpire Mark Carlson called him out to end the inning (see full recap).

Red Sox rally for win over Reds, extend AL East lead
CINCINNATI -- Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer Friday night, and the Boston Red Sox extended their AL East lead to four games by overcoming Scooter Gennett's fourth grand slam of the season for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Boston added to its lead with the help of the Yankees' 8-1 loss at Toronto. The Red Sox have won 12 of 15, keeping the Yankees at bay while moving a season-high 25 games over .500 (89-64).

Their AL Cy Young Award winner is still struggling heading into playoff time.

Rick Porcello gave up Gennett's fourth grand slam -- a Reds' season record -- in the first inning. He lasted a season-low four innings, turning a 5-4 lead over to the bullpen. Porcello has lost 17 games -- most in the majors -- after winning 22 last year along with the Cy Young (see full recap).

Cardinals rally past Pirates in 9th
PITTSBURGH -- Randal Grichuk scored after an error by Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer, capping a frantic ninth-rally that lifted the surging St. Louis Cardinals over Pittsburgh 4-3 on Friday night.

The playoff-chasing Cardinals won their fifth straight, despite trailing by a run entering the ninth.

Stephen Piscotty led off with a double to right against closer Felipe Rivero (5-3), and Jedd Gyorko followed with a pinch-hit RBI single. After Tommy Pham's single, Grichuk pinch-ran for Gyorko at third. He scored when Mercer misplayed Dexter Fowler's sharp groundball.

Former Pirates reliever Juan Nicasio (4-5) got the win after working the eighth and ninth. Fowler and Piscotty had two hits each.

David Freese had an RBI double for the Pirates, who have dropped eight of nine. Rivero blew a save for only the second time in 20 chances this season (see full recap).

Twins stay on track in postseason race with win over Tigers
DETROIT -- Max Kepler and Brian Dozier homered, Byron Buxton had three hits and the playoff-chasing Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Friday night.

Buxton's two-run double in the fourth put the Twins ahead to stay against a Detroit team that announced before the game that manager Brad Ausmus will not be back in 2018.

Minnesota came into the night leading the race for the American League's second wild card by 2 games over Texas and the Los Angeles Angels.

Kyle Gibson (12-10) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for the Twins. He struck out six and walked two.

Daniel Norris (4-8) allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Nicholas Castellanos and Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit, but the Tigers dropped to 4-18 in September (see full recap).

Ben Lively, a fighter, can't recover from disastrous 1st inning in Phillies' loss to Braves

Ben Lively, a fighter, can't recover from disastrous 1st inning in Phillies' loss to Braves

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ATLANTA — A few hours before Friday night's game against the Atlanta Braves, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin had some words of praise for his starting pitcher, Ben Lively.

"He's just very competitive," Mackanin said of the 25-year-old right-hander. "His stuff is pretty ordinary, but he's deceptive in his delivery and he locates his fastball well.

"He's the kind of guy if you ever got in a fight with him, you'd have to kill him because he never gives up."

Lively lived up to some of his manager's words Friday night, but not all of them. He didn't give up. That's for sure. On a night when he was cut early as they say in the fight business, he managed to stick around for five innings and preserve some bullpen arms.

But the location of his fastball was not crisp. The Braves' first six hitters of the game all reached base on hits (three singles, two doubles and a homer) and five of them scored.

The night ended with the Phillies absorbing a 7-2 loss (see observations).

"Bad first inning," Mackanin said. "Very poor control, command in that first inning. Then he settled down and gave us some good innings. But that first inning, he didn't hit his spots and he didn't change speeds very much. He got hurt. We were out of the game after that first inning."

Mackanin seemed irked that Lively didn't show more breaking balls in the first inning. Only two of Lively's first 15 pitches were breaking balls. He threw all fastballs to the first three hitters and gave up a double, an RBI single and an RBI double.

"I was just trying to find my fastball early in the game," Lively said. "Fifteen pitches too late. The big thing in my game is my fastball. It doesn't help when the fastball is fading toward the middle of the plate.

"Just one of those days."

Lively gave up a sixth run in the second inning and finished with three scoreless frames.

"Really, I just started establishing the inside corner," he said. "It made all my breaking stuff better."

The Phillies were never in the game, not after trailing 5-0 and 6-0. Rookie Nick Williams drove in both of the Phillies' runs with a sacrifice fly and a base hit. He has 52 RBIs in 75 games. Twenty-two of his RBIs have come this month. Williams had two of the Phillies' six hits. Cesar Hernandez walked three times and doubled.

Atlanta rookie Sean Newcomb gave up just two runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Lively joined the Phillies organization before the 2015 season. He came over from Cincinnati for Marlon Byrd. He rose to the majors earlier this season and had mostly impressed, delivering a quality start in nine of his first 13 outings before this one. He is 3-7 with a 4.35 ERA in 14 starts.

The Phillies have bodies in the starting pitching department. But a number of them — Jerad Eickhoff, Vince Velasquez, Zach Eflin — have gone down with injuries this season. All three of these pitchers will be ready to go for spring training, but none are assured opening day jobs, according to Mackanin. Lively's work this season and his good health make him a solid candidate to be in the rotation in April, but nothing is certain. The Phillies front office will surely add pitching through trades and free-agent signings in the offseason, a factor that could change the mix.

Mackanin was noncommittal when asked about the possibility of Lively being in next season's rotation.

"He's in the mix for a chance to make the team," Mackanin said. "Nobody is locked in, other than (Aaron) Nola, for me."

Lively would like to end the season by leaving a good impression on the front office. He lines up to make his final start of the season next week at home.

"I'm not happy with this one," Lively said. "The last game of the season, I have to be ready to battle and end the season on a good note."

The loss left the Phillies at 61-93 (.396). With a week to go in the season, they are still in the running to have the worst record in baseball and get the No. 1 pick in next year's draft. But they have company. The White Sox are 62-91 (.405), the Tigers 62-92 (.403) and the Giants 60-94 (.390).

It's a sprint to the basement.