St. Louis at Philadelphia

Final 10th
St. Louis
W: J. Contreras (2-1) L: B. Hawksworth (0-1)
HR: STL - None   PHI - C. Ruiz (1)

Ruiz hits walk-off HR in 10th to beat Cards; another fan runs on field wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- For a guy who hadn't gone deep this season, Carlos Ruiz took a couple powerful swings in the same at-bat. Fortunately for him, one of the balls he hit stayed fair.

Ruiz hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Tuesday night after another fan ran onto the field at Citizens Bank Park.


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On Monday night, a teenager was Tasered in the outfield after eluding security for about 30 seconds. This man gave himself up without incident, and was booed by the sellout crowd.

The latest fan on the field may have ruined Cole Hamels' rhythm. The Phillies starter was cruising to that point, taking a six-hitter into the ninth. But after the man ran on the field, Hamels quickly allowed consecutive doubles to David Freese and Yadier Molina to tie the game.

"I have a job to do and I have to make pitches, which I wasn't able to do," Hamels said.

Closer Brad Lidge came in and pitched well to keep it tied. Ruiz, who'd hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh, homered against Blake Hawksworth (0-1).

Ruiz hit a long shot foul before driving a 2-1 pitch over the fence in left. Hawksworth put his head down and walked off the mound before the ball cleared the flower pot above the wall. Ruiz circled the bases and was mobbed by teammates after his second career game-ending homer.

"I knew it as soon as I hit it that it was foul. I was too aggressive," Ruiz said of his first mighty cut. "I was looking for a fastball again. I relaxed. I saw it and hit it."

Hawksworth knew the game was over once Ruiz swung.

"It was a sinker and it maybe ran back over a little too much. He was definitely hacking," Hawksworth said.

Jose Contreras (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning to earn the win.

Hamels and Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright were excellent in a pitcher's duel. Wainwright, a 19-game winner last year, allowed one run, four hits and fanned six to lower his ERA to 1.96.

Hamels pitched like the guy who was MVP of the 2008 World Series and NLCS. He gave up two runs and eight hits, striking out eight in eight-plus innings. The lanky lefty is 13-15 with a 4.58 ERA since leading the Phillies to their second championship in '08.

He mixed a sharp fastball with his trademark changeup and his cutter was more effective than it's been since he began throwing it.

"He used all his pitches," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "His velocity was good. It feels good to see Cole pitch like that."

Hamels left after Molina's tying double. Lidge retired pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker on a grounder to first that moved the runner to third. After an intentional walk, Lidge struck out Brendan Ryan and pinch-hitter Jon Jay flied out to deep right-center.

"That was his biggest test since last year," Manuel said.

Lidge got a late start after coming off the disabled list last week.

"For me, tonight was real big," he said.

Raul Ibanez led off Philadelphia's seventh with a triple to right-center. The slow-footed Ibanez chugged around second while center fielder Joe Mather chased his hard liner in the gap, and easily made it into third.

After Juan Castro bounced out, Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Ibanez for a 1-0 lead.

Hamels escaped trouble in the fifth when Albert Pujols came up with the bases loaded and two outs. But the big slugger popped out on the first pitch.

"Both the starting pitchers deserved a better fate," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "They pitched great, and it turned out neither one of them was the winner or the loser."

A couple innings before the fan ran onto the field, two male fans poked fun at the Taser incident while they were being shown on the large video screen. One guy pretended to use a Taser on the other fan, who started shaking as if he was stunned.

Police said the fan who ran on the field was from Warminster, Pa.


  • Phillies RHP Ryan Madson will miss at least eight weeks following surgery on his broken right toe. Madson kicked a chair after blowing a save last week.
  • The crowd of 44,890 was the 53rd straight sellout in Philadelphia.
  • Phillies RF Jayson Werth has reached safely in all 26 games this season.
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Carlos Ruiz (yep, that's him) gets a face full of shaving cream following his walk-off homer.
Carlos Ruiz (yep, that's him) gets a face full of shaving cream following his walk-off homer. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Ruiz
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Game Information
Attendance - 44890
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Andy Fletcher