|Philadelphia (7-8) «||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||7||8||0|
He hit a game-deciding grand slam instead.
The Marlins took a three-hitter into the ninth and were two outs from a 3-0 victory when pinch hitter Matt Stairs singled home the Phillies' first run. Lindstrom walked in a run before Victorino hit his second homer of the year on a 2-1 pitch.
Victorino's only other grand slam came in the playoffs last year to beat Milwaukee and C.C. Sabathia. How did the homers compare?
"They're both big," Victorino said. "A home run is a home run for a little guy like me. It's not like I hit many."
The Marlins still own the best record in the NL at 11-5, but they have lost four games in a row and fell to 8-1 when they score first.
"It's a deflating feeling, especially for the guys that worked so hard the whole game, to come in there and blow it," Lindstrom said. "This is going to be a test for me."
Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer with two out in the first off Brett Myers for Florida's only runs. The Phillies have given up at least one homer in all 15 games, extending a major league record to start the season.
The game drew 29,032 spectators, including 1,540 dogs on Bark in the Park Night, and it was a ruff one for the hard-throwing Lindstrom. The Phillies had totaled five hits and one run over a 17-inning stretch when they snapped the slump against him in the ninth.
Lindstrom went to 1-1 on Victorino, then backed him off the plate with an inside fastball.
"I said, 'OK, let me not get hit in my ribs, but somewhere else,"' Victorino said. "I'm just trying to get a hit, walk, whatever."
The next pitch was another fastball, and when Victorino pulled it into the right field stands, Lindstrom (1-1) was showered with boos. They grew louder five pitches later when Chase Utley also homered.
Lindstrom, who became the Marlins' closer in September, gave up four hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning and blew a save for the second time in five chances. His ERA rose from 1.50 to 9.45.
"It's a good learning experience for him," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "You can't walk runners in the ninth inning."
Florida's Josh Johnson allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings, struck out eight and lowered his ERA to 2.20. He failed to improve to 3-0 only because of Lindstrom's meltdown.
"It happens," Johnson said. "You don't want it to happen, but it does. He has been great for us. It's not fun to see, but he'll be back tomorrow and ready to go."
Myers exercised in the clubhouse as the Phillies staged their rally, and he tried not to watch the TV too closely.
"It's best if I don't get too excited," he said. "If I do, something not good will happen. When we hit the homer, then you can get excited because you have the lead."
Uggla hit his third homer with two out in the first to end an 0-for-21 slump, the longest hitless streak of his career. He has four homers in 33 at-bats against Myers.
The Phillies' right-hander found himself in frequent trouble the rest of the way but allowed no more runs before departing after throwing 119 pitches in six innings. That set the stage for the comeback, and Philadelphia won for the second time after trailing to start the ninth.
"We don't quit," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We always stay at it."
|Philly's Shane Victorino picks a good time to knock the first grand slam of his career. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||1||0||1||1||1||1||.159|
|Shane Victorino, CF||5||1||1||4||0||0||1||.246|
|Chase Utley, 2B||5||1||1||1||0||2||1||.321|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Jayson Werth, RF||2||1||1||0||3||1||0||.296|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||1||1||0||1||1||3||.339|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.286|
|a- Matt Stairs, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.364|
|Miguel Cairo, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Lou Marson, C||3||1||1||0||1||2||3||.333|
|Brett Myers, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.286|
|b- Greg Dobbs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.091|
|Clay Condrey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Eric Bruntlett, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.182|
|a-singled for Feliz in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Myers in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Condrey in the 9th|
|2B - Ryan Howard (5, Pinto), Jayson Werth (5, Lindstrom)|
|HR - Shane Victorino (2, Lindstrom), Chase Utley (5, Lindstrom)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins (5), Shane Victorino 4 (9), Chase Utley (13), Matt Stairs (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (2), Shane Victorino 4 (5), Chase Utley (3)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard, Utley-Rollins-Howard|
|Clay Condrey (W,3-0)||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 119-62, Clay Condrey 24-12, Ryan Madson 27-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 7-3, Clay Condrey 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Brett Myers 29, Clay Condrey 6, Ryan Madson 5|
|Emilio Bonifacio, 3B||3||0||0||0||2||3||2||.290|
|John Baker, C||5||1||1||0||0||2||4||.295|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.279|
|Ross Gload, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.261|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||2||1||1||3||2||0||0||.207|
|Jeremy Hermida, LF||3||0||2||0||1||0||1||.308|
|Brett Carroll, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Cody Ross, RF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.246|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||5||.217|
|Josh Johnson, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.125|
|Leo Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Alfredo Amezaga, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.238|
|a-walked for Pinto in the 9th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez 2 (6, Myers, Madson), Cameron Maybin (3, Myers)|
|HR - Dan Uggla (3, Myers)|
|SH - Josh Johnson (1)|
|RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (9)|
|CS - Hanley Ramirez (3, 3rd base by Myers/Marson)|
|PK - Emilio Bonifacio (1, Myers)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|PB - John Baker (1)|
|Leo Nunez (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.38|
|Matt Lindstrom (BS,2; L,1-1)||0.2||4||7||7||3||1||2||10.80|
|WP - Josh Johnson (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 102-68, Leo Nunez 9-8, Matt Lindstrom 38-18, Renyel Pinto 13-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 8-6, Leo Nunez 1-0, Matt Lindstrom 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 27, Leo Nunez 3, Matt Lindstrom 9, Renyel Pinto 3|
|Attendance - 29032|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|