The Phillies on Wednesday won a 13-inning marathon in San Diego, 7-5, and scored the go-ahead runs on two errors by Forsythe, the Padres’ second baseman.
The final out of the victory was recorded at 2:20 a.m. Eastern Time.
With the game tied and two runners aboard in the top of the 13th inning, Ben Revere slapped a three-hop grounder to second base. Forsythe, moving to his left, booted the ball, allowing Chase Utley to race home and score from second. Forsythe’s throw home in attempt to nab Utley bounced away from catcher Nick Hundley, allowing Domonic Brown to come all the way home and score from first.
It was a wild finish to a wild game.
The two-run errors helped the Phillies (38-41) cap a comeback from a 5-2 hole in the seventh inning to win their first road series since May 20-22.
Speaking of thank-yous, Cole Hamels owes one to Delmon Young. Hamels, who was in line to become the first Phillies pitcher in the franchise’s 131-year history to lose 12 games before July, was let off the hook by a clutch home run from the not-so-fan-favorite Young.
The Phillies were trailing 5-3 in the eighth inning with two outs until Young popped a game-tying, two-run homer to left field on a hanging slider from San Diego’s Luke Gregerson.
Against right-handed hitters, Gregerson came into Wednesday with 17 strikeouts, two walks and an opponents’ batting average of .162, but Charlie Manuel stuck with Young and the decision paid off.
The biggest surprise, however, came from the Phillies’ porous bullpen.
After Hamels surrendered seven hits and five runs (four earned) over six innings, the Phillies’ relief crew hurled seven near-perfect frames, giving up just two hits, two walks and no runs. They did so on the arms of J.C. Ramirez, Phillippe Aumont, Jake Diekman and Joe Savery, all four of whom have spent time this season at Triple A Lehigh Valley.
A non-IronPig arm in Jonathan Papelbon then finished the job with a scoreless save after blowing four of his previous five chances.
And after a wacky 13 innings, another disconcerting outing from Hamels became the subplot. For the second straight start, Hamels was propped with a lead and failed to retain it. No, it wasn’t a monster advantage, but it was a 2-0 lead right off the bat in which Hamels lost in the third inning before exiting with a 5-2 deficit.
Even a return to his native San Diego couldn't stem the tide of Hamels’ mysterious 2013.
Instead, it was a rally and the bullpen that headlined the Phillies' win.
The Phillies now head to Los Angeles to take on the recently surging Dodgers (35-42). Los Angeles has won a season-best five games in a row after sweeping the defending world champion Giants. Here are the probable pitching matchups for the four-game set:
Thursday — Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.14) vs. Zack Greinke (4-2, 3.79)
Friday — John Lannan (0-2, 5.84) vs. Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09)
Saturday — Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.51) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.85)
Sunday — Kyle Kendrick (7-4, 3.46) vs. Stephen Fife (2-2, 3.41)