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Werth's walk-off bomb in 13th runs Phils' win streak to 10

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PHILADELPHIA -- The way things are going for the Philadelphia Phillies, it was only a matter of time before someone delivered a big hit.

Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 13th inning to send the Phillies to their 10th straight victory, 4-1 over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

The NL East-leading Phillies are on their longest winning streak in 18 years. They won 13 in a row from July 30 to Aug. 12, 1991.

"Everybody is just anticipating, waiting for it to happen because we have some big bats in our lineup," said pitcher Joe Blanton, who allowed one run in seven innings.

 Pedro throws simulated game

Jimmy Rollins homered and the Phillies relied on a strong pitching performance to pull out another win. Four relievers threw six hitless innings. Clay Condrey (6-2) tossed a perfect inning to earn the win.

Jeff Samardzija (0-1) retired the first two batters he faced before walking Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez. Werth then connected on a 1-1 pitch, launching his 21st homer into the seats in left. Werth circled the bases and stomped on home plate before getting mobbed by his teammates following his first career game-ending homer.

"It was a hanger and I was able to stay through it," Werth said. "I was just trying to have a good at-bat. I didn't need a homer. A single would've won it."

In a pitcher's duel between former Oakland teammates, Blanton and Rich Harden were outstanding. Blanton allowed five hits and struck out five. Harden gave up one run and four hits, striking out six in seven innings.

Blanton has been excellent since May 26, allowing three runs or less in nine of his 10 starts while lowering his ERA to 4.24 from 7.11. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA in that span.

"I'm just trying to give us a chance," Blanton said.

Harden, who has struggled this season, has put together consecutive strong outings. He didn't allow an earned run in six innings against Washington last Thursday. Harden has lowered his ERA to a career-high 4.76.

Pitching isn't the problem for the Cubs, who won six of seven before coming to Philly. Chicago has scored the third-fewest runs in the National League.

"We're challenged offensively," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "You don't score runs, you don't win no matter how good you pitch. I'll tell you what. We might need a couple of hitters at the (trade) deadline."

Rollins gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead when he crushed a 3-0 pitch into the seats in right leading off the bottom of the third. Rollins, the 2007 NL MVP, has raised his average to .238 by hitting .424 (28 for 66) since going 0 for 28.

Kosuke Fukudome's RBI double in the fourth tied it at 1. Ryan Theriot led off with a single and scored on Fukudome's two-out liner to left-center.

Harden didn't allow a hit after Rollins' homer until Werth singled in the seventh. Werth advanced to second on a sacrifice and third on a groundout, but Harden whizzed a 96 mph fastball past pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs to end the inning.

Notes

  • Phillies RHP Brett Myers, who had hip surgery in June, is ahead of schedule in his recovery and expects to return next month as a reliever. "You could tell he was determined to put a lot of work into it and get back to where he can pitch this season," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. Myers had 21 saves in 2007 in the only season he pitched out of the bullpen.
  • Cubs RHP Ryan Dempster, on the DL since July 7 with a broken toe, could rejoin the starting rotation as early as next Thursday, according to Piniella.
  • RHP Tyler Walker, who was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week, was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
  • Piniella said RF Milton Bradley should return to the lineup Wednesday after taking a few days off to work on his hitting. Bradley grounded out as a pinch-hitter.
  • Philadelphia's Chan Ho Park had five strikeouts in three perfect innings in relief.
 
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Jayson Werth ends a pitchers' duel when he connects for his 21st homer of the season. (US Presswire)
Jayson Werth ends a pitchers' duel when he connects for his 21st homer of the season. (US Presswire)

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Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Philadelphia

J. Werth
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago Cubs
Reed Johnson, CF4000021 .250
Ryan Theriot, SS5110021 .295
Derrek Lee, 1B5010012 .280
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000003 .296
Kosuke Fukudome, RF5011021 .261
Alfonso Soriano, LF5010021 .243
Mike Fontenot, 2B5000001 .235
Koyie Hill, C5010021 .204
Rich Harden, P2000001 .269
   a- Micah Hoffpauir, PH1000000 .241
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Angel Guzman, P0000000 .000
   b- Milton Bradley, PH1000000 .238
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .231
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
Totals42151011  
a-grounded out for Harden in the 8th
b-grounded out for Guzman in the 11th
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee (17, Blanton), Kosuke Fukudome (20, Blanton)
RBI - Kosuke Fukudome (29)
2-OUT RBI - Kosuke Fukudome (14)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Derrek Lee (3, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Rich Harden 7411261 4.76
Carlos Marmol 2100140 3.30
Angel Guzman 1000000 2.58
Sean Marshall 0.2000110 3.84
Aaron Heilman 0.1000110 4.26
Jeff Samardzija (L,0-1) 1.2133201 5.79
WP - Rich Harden (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Harden 115-74, Carlos Marmol 38-22, Angel Guzman 8-6, Sean Marshall 16-7, Aaron Heilman 11-5, Jeff Samardzija 28-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Harden 4-11, Angel Guzman 1-2, Jeff Samardzija 1-4
Batters Faced - Rich Harden 27, Carlos Marmol 8, Angel Guzman 3, Sean Marshall 3, Aaron Heilman 2, Jeff Samardzija 8
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS6121010 .238
Shane Victorino, CF6010001 .305
Chase Utley, 2B6000012 .306
Ryan Howard, 1B4100242 .259
Raul Ibanez, LF4100211 .310
Jayson Werth, RF3123310 .263
Pedro Feliz, 3B4010013 .287
Carlos Ruiz, C3000013 .228
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1000011 .274
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .154
   b- Eric Bruntlett, PH1000000 .128
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
Joe Blanton, P2000002 .036
   c- Greg Dobbs, PH1000011 .268
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
    Paul Bako, C2000000 .200
Totals43464712  
a-struck out for Ruiz in the 9th
b-grounded out for Park in the 12th
c-struck out for Blanton in the 7th
Batting
HR - Jimmy Rollins (8, Harden), Jayson Werth (21, Samardzija)
SH - Pedro Feliz (1)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (37), Jayson Werth 3 (61)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth 3 (25)
CS - Jimmy Rollins (7, 2nd base by Harden/Hill)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Feliz-Utley-Howard, Lidge-Rollins-Howard
PB - Carlos Ruiz (1)
Philadelphia Phillies
Joe Blanton 7511050 4.24
Ryan Madson 1000010 3.19
Brad Lidge 1000000 6.82
Chan Ho Park 3000050 5.20
Clay Condrey (W,6-2) 1000000 3.50
HBP - Johnson (by Joe Blanton), Ramirez (by Brad Lidge)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 101-70, Ryan Madson 8-7, Brad Lidge 12-7, Chan Ho Park 33-25, Clay Condrey 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 6-9, Ryan Madson 2-0, Brad Lidge 2-0, Chan Ho Park 1-3, Clay Condrey 3-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 26, Ryan Madson 3, Brad Lidge 3, Chan Ho Park 9, Clay Condrey 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45214
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Larry Vanover