Phillies win series vs. Rays in 10th on walk-off hit by Herrera

Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images

Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images

 

Our Phillies (34-63) improved to 5-1 since the All-Star break in a wild 10th inning win against the Rays (48-49) on Wednesday afternoon, capping off their best homestand of the season so far.

After providing zero run support in Nola’s debut last night, the offense got on the board in the first inning for a pair of runs off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi. The first scored when Ryan Howard hit into a double play with no outs and the bases loaded, and third baseman Andres Blanco followed up with an RBI single to make the score 2-0.

Phillies starter Adam Morgan (1-2, 4.28 ERA) allowed a lot of base runners early, but continuously worked out of jams, and held the 2-0 lead until he hit the wall in the 5th inning. After hitting Brandon Guyer to lead off the inning, Morgan gave up back-to-back one out doubles to Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe, and just like that the Phillies’ lead was gone, and Morgan’s day was over.

Justin De Fratus (0-1, 4.61 ERA) relieved Morgan, and the Rays took a 3-2 lead on a single by James Loney. The run was charged to Morgan, who ended with a no-decision.

Cody Asche tied the game back up in the 6th with an RBI double, and later in the inning the Phillies took a 4-3 lead after a fielding error by Loney.

The see-saw battle continued in the 7th, as the Rays tied the game after Forsythe led off the inning with a solo homer off Jake Diekman (2-1, 5.15 ERA).

The Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 8th, and Freddy Galvis hit what appeared to be a dead double play ball to first base. Loney tagged first for out number one, then decided to throw home. With the force no longer on at the plate, Asche appeared to get his foot in under the tag to give the Phillies the lead, and he was initially called safe, but the play was overturned after a lengthy review to end the inning.

Papelbon (2-1, 1.63 ERA) earned the win and pitched the first of his two scoreless innings in the ninth as he worked out of a first-and-third, no out jam thanks to a timely double play ball off Loney, which left Forsythe frozen at third.

Domonic Brown led off the bottom of the 10th with his third single of the game, and moved to second on a sacrifice by Ruiz. After Asche grounded out, Odubel Herrera came on to pinch-hit for Papelbon, and was able to drive the 11th pitch of his at bat into the gap to send the Phillies home winners.

The walk-off celebration was one of the few highlights of the year so far for me, as Papelbon literally tackled Herrera to the ground near second base, and started punching him as the rest of the Phillies stormed the field. That’s gonna make a great GIF.

The Phillies will look to stay hot as they begin a three-game set against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday. Jerome Williams (3-7, 6.43 ERA) will make his first start since June 16, and he’ll be opposed by Jon Lester (5-8, 3.37 ERA). First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. eastern time.

 

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