It came down to the final out, when Kevin Frandsen smacked the second pitch he saw in 2013 into the right-center field gap to clear the bases and lift the Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Royals.
In to close out a 3-1 game in the ninth, Royals closer Greg Holland proceeded to walk Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Michael Young to give life to a team that hadn't had a baserunner since the fifth inning.
Then Domonic Brown struck out swinging. John Mayberry struck out looking. Due up next was Humberto Quintero in his Phillies debut, but Charlie Manuel opted for Frandsen instead.
It worked, as the second-year Phillie bailed out his teammates with a bases-clearing, gap-splitting double to push the Fightins to 2-3 on the season and give them a chance to go for the series win Sunday afternoon.
Prior to the ninth, the Phillies managed just five baserunners on two hits from Young and Ben Revere and three walks. They failed to solve Luis Mendoza, who tossed six innings of one-run ball.
Frandsen, 2 for 2 on the young season, is tied for second on the team in RBIs with Howard.
The Phillies badly needed a long outing from John Lannan in his debut — as much to avoid using their middle relievers as giving them rest — and they got it from the left-hander.
Lannan went seven strong, allowing three runs and five hits while striking out five and walking none. Of his 92 pitchers, 59 were for strikes.
Lasting through the seventh inning allowed Charlie Manuel to turn to Mike Adams in the eighth. In his second appearance of the year, Adams gave up a hit and needed 24 pitches to escape the frame, but he did so without surrendering a run. Antonio Bastardo recorded a scoreless ninth and ultimately earned his first win.
Sunday, Cole Hamels will oppose Kansas City ace James Shields in the rubber-match series finale.