Jayson Werth's pinch-hit home run helped erase a four-run deficit, and Jimmy Rollins’ eighth-inning double scored the winning run from second, as the Phillies came back to beat the Nationals 7-6. The Phils' beleaguered bullpen pitched seven innings of shutout relief.
Turning to Florida, Dan Uggla’s double in the bottom of the 10th scored Hanley Ramirez, as the Marlins won a wild one over the Mets 8-7. The Marlins scored three runs in the ninth off Jorge Sosa, not closer Billy Wagner, and also capitalized on a David Wright throwing error. Sosa stayed on and took the loss in the 10th. The Fish also scored four in the fifth off Tom Glavine, including a three-run shot by Miguel Cabrera. The Mets blew two separate three-run leads in the ballgame.
Timely hits got the Phillies back into their game, but there were plenty of unsung heroes in the bullpen who kept it close. Tonight marked eight-straight appearances Tom Gordon has not given up a run, and make it 13 for J.C. Romero. Actually, just one run in Romero's last 18. Brett Myers rebounded for his 18th save.
As a result, the Phils climbed back to 1 1-2 games behind the slumping Mets. As late as 8:30 p.m., many Phans would have been ready to raise a glass to the 2007 season. Instead, hope survives, the pennant race reignites, along with J-Roll's charge toward MVP.