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Utley grand as Phillies top struggling Giants

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley hardly flinched while he rounded the bases, the crowd roared and his teammates leaped for joy.

Utley doesn't display much excitement. He sure delivers clutch hits.

Utley's pinch-hit, two-out grand slam in the eighth inning helped the Philadelphia Phillies beat the slumping San Francisco Giants 10-6 on Wednesday night.

"I was trying to put the ball in play, trying to make solid contact," Utley said. "For some reason, when the ball is down, I put the barrel on it."

Jimmy Rollins had four hits, Bobby Abreu and Mike Lieberthal had three apiece and the Phillies finished with a season-high 19.

The last-place Phillies have won 11 of 17 and are within one game of .500 (26-27) for the first time since April 22.

The Giants have lost six in a row for the first time since August 2003.

"We made bad pitches and didn't execute," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "It seemed every ground ball they hit was a base hit."

Pat Burrell started the eighth with a single against LaTroy Hawkins (1-5). Tomas Perez walked and David Bell sacrificed. After Jason Michaels was intentionally walked, Lieberthal lined out to second base.

Utley then lined a shot into the right-field seats for his ninth homer and second career slam.

Utley has certainly made a strong case to play every day, but he platoons with Placido Polanco at second base.

"Utley's a run-producer," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "It's just a matter of time until he plays every day."

Ryan Madson (2-2) allowed one run in one inning for the victory, and Billy Wagner pitched a scoreless ninth.

After the Phillies took a lead on Rollins' disputed bloop single in the seventh, San Francisco tied it at 6-6 in the eighth on Jason Ellison's fielder choice that scored Edgardo Alfonzo.

With one out and runners at second and third in the seventh, Rollins hit a shallow fly to left-center. Left fielder Pedro Feliz made a sliding attempt, but second-base umpire Andy Fletcher ruled the ball hit the ground.

The umpires conferred, but stuck with Fletcher's call, although replays showed Feliz made the catch. Alou was ejected for arguing the call.

"I don't want a break. I want the right call," Alou said.

In the sixth, the Phillies tied it at 5-5 on Perez's two-run single.

Rollins and Polanco hit consecutive singles to open the inning against reliever Jeff Fassero. Abreu followed with a liner off the left-center field wall, but center fielder Ellison threw Rollins out at the plate.

After Burrell walked, Perez bounced a single up the middle.

Perez entered the game after Jim Thome was ejected for arguing a called third strike in the third.

The mild-mannered Thome, who has been in a season-long slump, was upset after being called out by Paul Schrieber on a pitch on the outside corner, leaving two runners on to end the inning.

Alfonzo's two-run triple in the sixth gave the Giants a 4-3 lead. Mike Matheny added an RBI double to make it 5-3.

Lieberthal had an RBI double in the third and Rollins tied it at 2-all on a triple that right fielder Moises Alou appeared to lose in the lights. Polanco followed with a single to left that made it 3-2.

Giants starter Kirk Rueter allowed three runs and 10 hits in five innings, getting a no-decision for the sixth time in 11 starts.

Rueter helped himself with a two-out RBI single in the second inning and Ellison followed with a run-scoring single that made it 2-0. Left fielder Burrell threw out Matheny at the plate on Ellison's hit, ending the inning.

Phillies starter Cory Lidle yielded five runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Notes

  • Before the game, Felipe Alou received a contract extension through 2006 with a mutual option for 2007.
  • Rueter's RBI was his first of the season and 40th in his career.
  • It was Thome's first ejection since joining the Phillies before the 2003 season.
  • The Phillies are 7-1 in Lidle's last eight starts after going 0-3 in his first three outings.
  • Abreu has reached safely in 23 consecutive games.
 
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Jim Thome argues with umpire Paul Schrieber before being tossed for his first ejection with the Phils.  (AP)
Jim Thome argues with umpire Paul Schrieber before being tossed for his first ejection with the Phils. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
San Francisco

E. Alfonzo
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Jason Ellison, CF3012100 .317
Omar Vizquel, SS4010102 .280
J.T. Snow, 1B5000014 .277
Moises Alou, RF4010100 .272
Ray Durham, 2B4100102 .270
Pedro Feliz, LF4220001 .278
Edgardo Alfonzo, 3B4332000 .328
Mike Matheny, C2011100 .255
Kirk Rueter, P2011000 .250
   a- Lance Niekro, PH1000001 .287
    Jeff Fassero, P0000000 .000
    Scott Munter, P0000000 .000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   b- Michael Tucker, PH1010000 .230
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
Totals3461165110 
a-flied out for Rueter in the 6th
b-singled for Eyre in the 8th
Batting
2B - Edgardo Alfonzo (12, Lidle), Mike Matheny (11, Lidle)
3B - Edgardo Alfonzo (1, Lidle)
SH - Mike Matheny (1)
RBI - Jason Ellison 2 (10), Edgardo Alfonzo 2 (28), Mike Matheny (26), Kirk Rueter (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Ellison (3), Kirk Rueter (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Ellison 1
DP - Vizquel-Durham-Snow
San Francisco Giants
Kirk Rueter 51033230 4.27
Jeff Fassero (BS,2) 0.1422100 4.45
Scott Munter 0.2211000 2.08
Scott Eyre 1100000 2.53
LaTroy Hawkins (L,1-5) 1244201 4.71
IBB - Burrell by Kirk Rueter, Michaels by LaTroy Hawkins
Pitches-Strikes - Kirk Rueter 111-59, Jeff Fassero 16-10, Scott Munter 7-7, Scott Eyre 10-6, LaTroy Hawkins 20-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kirk Rueter 2-10, Scott Munter 1-0, Scott Eyre 2-1, LaTroy Hawkins 1-2
Batters Faced - Kirk Rueter 27, Jeff Fassero 5, Scott Munter 3, Scott Eyre 4, LaTroy Hawkins 7
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS6142000 .271
Placido Polanco, 2B5121003 .295
Bobby Abreu, RF5130004 .339
Pat Burrell, LF3020201 .311
    Kenny Lofton, PR-CF0100000 .377
Jim Thome, 1B2000012 .209
    Tomas Perez, 1B2112103 .286
David Bell, 3B4120001 .258
Jason Michaels, CF-LF3210202 .291
Mike Lieberthal, C5131004 .250
Cory Lidle, P3000024 .158
    Robinson Tejeda, P0000000 .000
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
   a- Endy Chavez, PH0000000 .189
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   b- Chase Utley, PH1114000 .307
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .500
Totals391019105324 
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Cormier in the 7th
b-homered for Madson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (10, Rueter), Mike Lieberthal (8, Rueter)
3B - Jimmy Rollins (3, Rueter)
HR - Chase Utley (9, Hawkins)
SH - David Bell (1), Endy Chavez (5)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (16), Placido Polanco (14), Tomas Perez 2 (12), Mike Lieberthal (10), Chase Utley 4 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (8), Placido Polanco (9), Chase Utley 4 (11)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Pat Burrell 1, Jason Michaels 1
DP - Rollins-Polanco-T. Perez, Rollins-T. Perez
Philadelphia Phillies
Cory Lidle 5.1955210 3.88
Robinson Tejeda 0.1000200 2.25
Rheal Cormier 1.1000100 5.27
Ryan Madson (BS,2; W,2-2) 1211000 4.18
Billy Wagner 1000000 2.66
IBB - Matheny by Cory Lidle
HBP - Ellison (by Cory Lidle)
Pitches-Strikes - Cory Lidle 90-53, Robinson Tejeda 15-7, Rheal Cormier 14-7, Ryan Madson 12-9, Billy Wagner 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cory Lidle 10-3, Rheal Cormier 1-2, Ryan Madson 3-0, Billy Wagner 2-1
Batters Faced - Cory Lidle 26, Robinson Tejeda 3, Rheal Cormier 4, Ryan Madson 5, Billy Wagner 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24546
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Bob Davidson