Chase Utley’s two-run homer tied the game 2-2, and the bottom of the Phillies’ lineup used small ball to score the winning run in the 10th, as the Phillies held on to beat the rival Mets Friday night. The Phils remain 1 1-2 back of the Padres in the Wild Card.
The Phillies finally got some pitching help as the game featured quality efforts from starter Jamie Moyer and the back of the 'pen. The game also included some outstanding defense on both sides of the ball (multiple Web Gems issued on Baseball Tonight).
In the 10th, Greg Dobbs pinch-hit sacrifice fly scored Jayson Werth, who reached second on a throwing error by Aaron Heilman on Carlos Ruiz’s bunt, then a picturesque bunt by Abraham Nunez moved Werth to third. For Dobbs, it was his 14th pinch RBI, which leads the league. Utley’s home run was his 20th, which gives the Phils five players to hit 20 homers in a season for the first time in franchise history.
Tom Gordon picked up the win and struck out three in 1 1-3 scoreless innings. Brett Myers pitched a perfect 10th for his 16th save. Jamie Moyer lasted a full seven frames for the first time since July 27.
The Phillies sixth-straight victory over the Mets wasn’t enough to gain ground in the Wild Card race, as Khalil Greene’s walk-off homer in the 10th gave the Padres a 5-4 win over the Giants. The Phils still trail the Pads 1 1-2 games in the Wild Card.
Game chat: Kyle Lohse (8-12, 4.47) against Pedro Martinez (2-0, 1.80). Pedro has looked good in winning both his starts since offseason shoulder surgery. First pitch is 1:10 p.m.