Danys Baez came on in a tie game in the ninth and promptly allowed three straight singles to load the bases. He then forced Matt Holiday into a fielder's choice at the plate before J.C. Romero came on and was greeted by Lance Berkman's game-winning single over the head of center fielder Michael Martinez.
Roy Oswalt, making his first major league start since April 26, allowed a run and seven hits over five innings. The lone run would not have scored if catcher Dane Sardinha had come up with a better effort on a play at the plate in the fourth inning. The throw from left fielder John Mayberry Jr. was slightly up the line, but Sardinha still got the ball in plenty of time. However, he was caught flat-footed after receiving the throw, allowing noted speedster Lance Berkman to slide to the inside corner of the plate.
The Phillies tied it up in the eighth on Placido Polanco’s sac fly. Polanco also made a couple of terrific defensive plays at third base after having Monday off due to a combination of a recent slump and a sore back.
Offensive ineptitude: The Phillies managed just five hits and have now scored seven runs during their four-game slide. Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with three K's, while Ben Francisco went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .218.
Another injury: Michael Stutes left with an oblique strain after throwing just three pitches in the sixth inning.
Next up: Cole Hamels (4-2, 3.19) and Jorge De La Rosa (5-1, 3.70) square off in South Philly on Wednesday night in the opener of a two-game set between the Phils and Rockies.