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It looked like another bleak night at Citizens Bank Park for the Philadelphia Phillies. Reds’ starter Mike Leake took a no-hitter into the 7th inning, and Jake Diekman gave up a 2-run homer in the 9th as Cincinnati’s lead grew to 4-0. But on Wednesday night, the Phillies rallied hard and earned their second consecutive 5-4 walk-off win.
Cole Hamels (5-4, 2.88 ERA) had another quality start, going 7 innings while giving up two earned runs and striking out eight. He was still in line for the loss until Leake (2-4, 4.40 ERA) and Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman (3-3, 2.31 ERA) unraveled in the 9th inning.
Revere and Francoeur lead off the bottom of the 9th with back-to-back singles, chasing Leake from the game and leading to Cincinnati manager Bryan Price’s call to the bullpen. Chase Utley greeted Chapman with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1, then Ryan Howard walked. Maikel Franco then belted his second game-tying home run in as many nights deep into the left field seats, his fourth blast of the season in only three weeks of MLB action. Franco was also the Phillie to break up Leake’s no-hit bid with a 2-out single in the 7th inning.
The Reds threatened in the 10th and 11th innings, but were ultimately held scoreless by Jonathan Papelbon and Luis Garcia.
After Franco grounded out to lead off the bottom of the 11th against Reds’ reliever Ryan Mattheus, Cody Asche doubled on a grounder right down the left field foul line. Freddy Galvis followed up with what should have been a routine ground ball to Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto, but the ball bounced off Mattheus’ glove to the wall and Asche scored without a throw, capping off an improbable victory for our Phillies.
After a pair of losses by the Washington Nationals, the Phillies have gained some ground in the NL East standings, but still sit in last place, 8.5 games back with a 21-33 record on the season. They’ll look to complete the sweep of the Reds at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow, as Aaron Harang (4-5, 2.02 ERA) takes on Anthony DeSclafani (3-4, 3.41 ERA).