Not only did the Phillies end a four-game losing streak, but also they gave new manager Ryne Sandberg his first win. Moreover, the first win coincided with the first runs scored by the club for the new manager. That came in the fourth inning when Darin Ruf slugged a solo homer for his eighth of the season.
The Phillies tied it in the sixth inning when Cody Asche beat the throw to first on a potential double play to keep the inning alive and send Chase Utley home. The Phillies won it when Dodgers’ shortstop Ramirez made an error on Michael Young’s bases-loaded ground ball with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Ramirez was going to try for a double play. Young, who pinch-hit, was credited with an RBI.
Ramirez made two errors in the inning. One of them put the go-ahead run on base.
Meanwhile, Cole Hamels pitched well again though he wasn't rewarded with a win. He gave up seven hits and two runs over seven innings, walked none and struck out eight.
Since the start of July, Hamels has allowed just 15 earned runs in 66 innings over nine starts for an ERA of 2.04.
Next, the Colorado Rockies come to town for four games starting on Monday night.
Monday: Jeff Manship (0-2 7.20) vs. Ethan Martin (1-2, 6.28)
Tuesday: Jorge De La Rosa (12-6, 3.22) vs. TBA
Wednesday: Juan Nicasio (7-6, 4.94) vs. Cliff Lee (10-6, 3.19)
Thursday: Chad Bettis (0-1, 5.06) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-9, 4.48)