Carlos Ruiz came off the bench and delivered a game-tying RBI double before Michael Young singled him home to give the Phillies (56-70) their ninth walk-off victory of the season.
Cliff Lee pitched well enough to win (7 IP, 2 ER), but received a no-decision. The lefty is now winless over his last six starts after going 8-0 over his previous 12.
Erik Kratz started the rally with a leadoff double rocketed down the left-field line. It was hit so hard, Kratz likely would have been gunned out at second base had the throw been on line from Colorado leftfielder Charlie Blackmon. Instead, Kratz slid in safely and turned into a hero along with Ruiz and Young.
How about Ruiz? The Phils’ catcher started the season late (25-game suspension), then started slow (2-for-20 start), but since then, is hitting .287 and is 7 for his last 12 with a homer and two doubles.
As for the bullpen, the baptism by fire continues for the youngsters and it’s shown some good and bad.
The Rockies (59-69) broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning with a run off a pair of hits against Justin De Fratus. In the ninth, however, Jake Diekman was excellent yet again. The lefty pitched a 1-2-3 frame and hasn’t allowed a run in his last 4 1/3 innings (9 K, 0 BB, 2 H). He’s also held left-handers to a .043 (1 for 23) batting average over his last 14 appearances.
Diekman is starting to take advantage of the audition time.
On Thursday, a win would give the Phillies their first series victory since Aug. 6-8 and just their second since the All-Star break. Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.36) takes the ball for the Phils and opposes Colorado righty Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30).