Greg Dobbs’ three-run pinch homer capped a seven-run fifth, erasing all nine runs allowed by Cole Hamels during a fourth-inning debacle. Adam Eaton (4-8) earned the win in his first appearance from the pen.
Dobbs’ homer tied the Phillies’ all-time single-season mark for pinch hits with 20, set by Doc Miller in 1913. Dobbs is now hitting .435 (20-46) with two homers and 14 RBIs as a pinch hitter. The game also saw a 3-for-4, three RBI afternoon from Chris Coste, who put the Phillies on the board first with a two-run line single to center in the second and was part of the big rally in the fifth.
The Phillies spotted Hamels three early runs, but it wasn't nearly enough cushion to overcome the mess he made in the fourth. The left-hander now has a career 4.66 ERA in day games. After Hamels was lifted, the relievers (Rudy Seanez, Adam Eaton, Ryan Madson, Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero, Brad Lidge) combined for 5 1-3 shutout innings. After making 11 starts before notching his first win in the rotation, Eaton earned his first vulture win on his very first try as a reliever. For Lidge, it was his 23rd save to remain perfect on the season.
Notes: Pedro Feliz sat out for the third time in the last four games with tightness in his lower back and told MLB.com that he may also sit Sunday. Assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr. revealed Friday that the third baseman has been playing hurt for weeks. Eric Bruntlett replaced him at the hot corner yesterday. … According to the Inquirer’s Bob Ford, Jimmy Rollins “blew off reporters again yesterday.”