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Howard saves Phillies bullpen with two-run blast in 14th

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard watched his ball soar into the upper deck before trotting around the bases, a fitting ending after Jimmy Rollins' exciting romp to the plate sent the game into extra innings.

Howard's two-run homer in the 14th inning gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 7-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

Rollins bailed out Philadelphia's bullpen by circling the bases with two outs in the ninth inning and the Phillies won their fifth straight game.

"This game had everything except a fight," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Chris Booker (0-1) walked Chase Utley starting the bottom of the 14th. Howard then drove a 2-2 pitch into the second deck in right field for his 28th homer. It was his second career game-ending homer.

"I went up there trying to hit something in the gap and I hit it out of the ballpark," Howard said.

The reigning NL MVP is batting .313 with 22 homers and 60 RBI since coming off the disabled list on May 25.

"I'm just trying to be consistent, trying not to swing at bad pitches," he said.

The Phillies trailed 5-4 after Antonio Alfonseca blew a two-run lead in the ninth. Nationals closer Chad Cordero retired the first two batters in the bottom half of the inning before Rollins hit a liner to left-center.

Left fielder Ryan Church and center fielder Ryan Langerhans converged on the ball, but it bounced off Church's glove. Rollins stopped at third base, but took off when Church's relay throw skipped away from shortstop Felipe Lopez. Rollins slid headfirst safely at home as Lopez's throw went past catcher Brian Schneider.

Church got the only error on the play for his errant relay toss and Rollins had his 12th triple.

"I lost the game," Church said.

Clay Condrey (4-0) pitched three scoreless innings for the win. He struck out with one out and the bases loaded in the 12th.

Saul Rivera escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 12th and pitched three scoreless innings for the Nationals.

"We couldn't catch a fly ball, couldn't hit the relay man and it cost us," Nationals manager Manny Acta said.

Before the wacky ninth, it appeared Cole Hamels was going to celebrate his bobblehead giveaway promotion by getting his 12th win. But the Nationals rallied against Alfonseca after Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless eighth.

Alfonseca left after Tony Batista's RBI double cut the deficit to 4-3 and put runners on second and third. Mike Zagurski entered to face pinch-hitter Jesus Flores, who ripped a two-run double to put Washington ahead 5-4.

Alfonseca has eight saves in 12 chances since replacing injured closers Brett Myers and Tom Gordon, who warmed up but didn't enter until pitching the 11th. Myers could return to the bullpen this weekend.

It wasn't soon enough for the Phillies, who are trying to stay in contention despite a depleted pitching staff.

Hamels allowed two runs and six hits, striking out six in seven innings. The All-Star left-hander lost 1-0 to San Diego in his previous start.

"He pitched good," Manuel said.

Control problems hurt Washington starter Matt Chico in the fourth inning. Shane Victorino doubled to start the inning. Then Chico hit Utley with a pitch and walked Howard to load the bases. After Aaron Rowand fouled out, Pat Burrell walked to force in the tying run. Wes Helms followed with a two-run single to make it 3-1.

Rowand's two-out double to right in the fifth scored Victorino to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead.

Chico allowed four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Ronnie Belliard's solo homer leading off the sixth cut it to 4-2. It was the 22nd homer allowed by Hamels this season.

Washington took a 1-0 lead on Lopez's RBI single in the third.

Nook Logan appeared to take a homer away from Howard in the second inning when he caught the slugger's towering drive to straightaway center with his back near the fence and glove above it.

Notes

  • Phillies OF Michael Bourn was caught stealing for the first time in 16 tries this season when Schneider nailed him at second base in the eighth.
  • Booker was sent to Triple-A Columbus after the game. LHP John Lannan (12-3 with a 2.35 ERA in the minors) will be recalled to make his major league debut for the Nationals on Thursday. Mike Bacsik, originally scheduled to pitch, was moved back to Friday.
  • Myers, sidelined since May 23 with a shoulder injury, threw a scoreless inning in his third rehab appearance with Class-A Clearwater.
  • The crowd of 44,931 was the 16th home sellout this season for the Phillies.
 
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Teammates welcome an excited Ryan Howard to the plate after his 28th homer wins it for the Phillies. (AP)
Teammates welcome an excited Ryan Howard to the plate after his 28th homer wins it for the Phillies. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

C. Hamels
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 6
 
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, SS7021002 .241
Ronnie Belliard, 2B7121023 .303
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B7020012 .260
Dmitri Young, 1B4000012 .331
    Ryan Langerhans, CF2000011 .156
Austin Kearns, RF6020010 .252
Ryan Church, LF4110212 .259
Brian Schneider, C5100113 .229
Nook Logan, CF3120010 .226
   a- Tony Batista, PH-1B2111100 .231
Matt Chico, P1000011 .161
    Chris Schroder, P0000000 .000
   b- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH1000000 .097
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   c- Robert Fick, PH0000000 .203
   d- Jesus Flores, PH1012000 .253
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P1000000 .000
    Saul Rivera, P1000002 .000
    Chris Booker, P0000000 .000
Totals525135410  
a-doubled for Logan in the 9th
b-grounded out for Schroder in the 7th
c-announced for Ayala in the 9th
d-doubled for Fick in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Church (30, Alfonseca), Tony Batista (1, Alfonseca), Jesus Flores (5, Zagurski)
HR - Ronnie Belliard (6, Hamels)
SH - Matt Chico (6)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (37), Ronnie Belliard (30), Tony Batista (9), Jesus Flores 2 (12)
SB - Felipe Lopez (15, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz), Nook Logan (11, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz)
CS - Ryan Church (2, 2nd base by Hamels/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Ryan Church (3, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Matt Chico 4.2644320 4.78
Chris Schroder 1.1000020 1.56
Ray King 1000000 4.97
Luis Ayala 1100000 3.55
Chad Cordero (BS,7) 1110000 2.57
Jon Rauch 1000200 3.69
Saul Rivera 3200310 3.25
Chris Booker (L,0-1)0122101 18.00
IBB - Bourn by Saul Rivera
HBP - Utley (by Matt Chico)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Chico 95-60, Chris Schroder 14-8, Ray King 11-7, Luis Ayala 14-11, Chad Cordero 12-8, Jon Rauch 22-13, Saul Rivera 36-19, Chris Booker 11-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Chico 3-9, Ray King 1-2, Luis Ayala 1-1, Chad Cordero 2-1, Jon Rauch 1-2, Saul Rivera 5-2
Batters Faced - Matt Chico 24, Chris Schroder 4, Ray King 3, Luis Ayala 3, Chad Cordero 4, Jon Rauch 5, Saul Rivera 13, Chris Booker 2
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS7110002 .288
Shane Victorino, RF7220002 .281
Chase Utley, 2B3210311 .334
Ryan Howard, 1B5222212 .278
Aaron Rowand, CF6021006 .330
Pat Burrell, LF2011201 .241
    Michael Bourn, PR-LF1000100 .266
Wes Helms, 3B4012014 .258
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
    Mike Zagurski, P0000000 .000
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Coste, PH1000002 .316
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
    Clay Condrey, P1000013 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C5000105 .258
Cole Hamels, P3000012 .146
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Abraham Nunez, 3B0000000 .258
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH-3B3010001 .295
Totals48711695  
a-fouled out for Romero in the 10th
b-grounded out for Nunez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (20, Chico), Aaron Rowand (32, Chico)
3B - Jimmy Rollins (12, C. Cordero)
HR - Ryan Howard (28, Booker)
RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (83), Aaron Rowand (56), Pat Burrell (47), Wes Helms 2 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand (31)
CS - Jimmy Rollins (5, 2nd base by Rivera/Schneider), Michael Bourn (1, 2nd base by Ayala/Schneider)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels 7622161 3.63
Ryan Madson (H,6) 1100010 3.15
Antonio Alfonseca (H,8) 0.1233100 4.26
Mike Zagurski (BS,1)0100000 4.50
Jose Mesa 1.1100000 6.90
J.C. Romero 0.1000110 2.63
Tom Gordon 1000000 3.65
Clay Condrey (W,4-0) 3200120 6.29
IBB - Batista by Clay Condrey
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 107-79, Ryan Madson 15-10, Antonio Alfonseca 14-7, Mike Zagurski 6-3, Jose Mesa 23-14, J.C. Romero 11-5, Tom Gordon 8-6, Clay Condrey 46-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 11-3, Ryan Madson 1-1, Jose Mesa 3-1, Tom Gordon 3-0, Clay Condrey 3-3
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 27, Ryan Madson 4, Antonio Alfonseca 4, Mike Zagurski 1, Jose Mesa 5, J.C. Romero 2, Tom Gordon 3, Clay Condrey 11
Game Information
Attendance - 44931
Game Time - 4:52
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Bob Davidson