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Final 11th
W: J. Contreras (5-3) L: E. Vasquez (1-4)
HR: ARI - M. Montero (3)   PHI - R. Ibanez (9)

Valdez's walk-off single sends Phillies to eighth straight win

CBSSports.com wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Wilson Valdez showed off his sparkling defensive skills before delivering a clutch hit.

Valdez's RBI single with one out in the 11th inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to their eighth straight win, 3-2 over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.

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Hours before the first pitch, the Phillies improved their chances at winning a fourth straight NL East title by acquiring three-time All-Star Roy Oswalt from Houston for J.A. Happ and two prospects.

Oswalt is scheduled to start for the two-time NL champions at Washington on Friday night.

After the Diamondbacks tied it in the ninth, the Phillies rallied against Esmerling Vasquez (1-4) in the 11th.

Vasquez struck out Jayson Werth before Cody Ransom walked. After Carlos Ruiz singled, Valdez lined a single to center and Ransom slid in safely ahead of center fielder Chris Young's throw.

"I feel happy to help the team," said Valdez, who was filling in for the injured Jimmy Rollins. "We're doing what we have to do to win."

The Phillies closed within 2½ games of division-leading Atlanta. They have made up 4½ games in the past week.

Jose Contreras (5-3) tossed a scoreless 11th for the win. Passed over in a save situation in the ninth, closer Brad Lidge pitched a perfect 10th. Lidge threw 64 pitches and struggled while earning two straight saves earlier in the week.

Joe Saunders gave up two runs and nine hits in seven innings in his first start since the Diamondbacks acquired him in the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Los Angeles Angels.

"Saunders pitched great," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

Kyle Kendrick allowed one run and four hits, striking out a season-high five in 6 1/3 innings. He's 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in two starts since a brief demotion to the minors last week.

"I want to pitch here," Kendrick said.

Miguel Montero hit a solo homer for the last-place Diamondbacks, who have lost seven straight.

The Diamondbacks rallied to tie it in the ninth, but blew a chance to take the lead. After Ryan Madson tossed a perfect eighth, manager Charlie Manuel kept him in instead of turning to Lidge. But Justin Upton led off with a double and J.C. Romero entered to face Adam LaRoche, who lined a single to right.

Upton scored the tying run on Montero's slow chopper to shortstop. After Mark Reynolds was intentionally walked, Romero walked Stephen Drew on four pitches to load the bases.

But second baseman Placido Polanco and shortstop Valdez turned an outstanding double play on Gerardo Parra's grounder to second. Valdez made a strong throw to barely beat Parra at first. Parra was ejected by first-base umpire Adrian Johnson after slamming his helmet in disgust.

It was the second time Parra hit into a double play in a clutch spot. With runners at first and third and one out in the seventh, Polanco and Valdez made an even better turn on Parra's slow bouncer.

"I tried to turn it as fast as I can," Valdez said.

Manuel said he was planning to use Lidge to finish after Romero pitched to the left-handed LaRoche if the Diamondbacks had used a right-handed pinch-hitter.

"He's our closer," Manuel said. "We definitely trust him."

Ibanez gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the sixth with a drive into the seats in right-center. Ibanez is batting .391 with two homers and 10 RBI in the second half, raising his average to .263 from .243 at the All-Star break.

Ransom hit a one-out single in the fifth and scored when Ruiz lined a double into the left-field corner.

  • Rollins sat out his third straight game with a bruised left foot. The Phillies are also missing 2B Chase Utley and CF Shane Victorino . Phillies RF Domonic Brown wasn't in the starting lineup a night after going 2 for 3 with two RBI in his major league debut. Ben Francisco started instead of the left-handed hitting Brown against the lefty Saunders. Brown got a standing ovation when he pinch-hit in the seventh and flied out.
  • Upton extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
  • A crowd of 45,232 was the 91st straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park.
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Wilson Valdez (left) is congratulated by Carlos Ruiz after producing the game-winning single in the 11th. (AP)
Wilson Valdez (left) is congratulated by Carlos Ruiz after producing the game-winning single in the 11th. (AP)

Players of the Game

W. Valdez
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

M. Montero
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Kelly Johnson, 2B5010011 .274
Justin Upton, RF4110120 .280
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010022 .254
    Rusty Ryal, PR-1B1000000 .307
Miguel Montero, C4122102 .300
Mark Reynolds, 3B3010211 .217
Stephen Drew, SS3010101 .265
Gerardo Parra, LF4000003 .255
    Cole Gillespie, LF0000000 .221
Joe Saunders, P2000011 .000
   a- Augie Ojeda, PH1000000 .170
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Abreu, PH1000000 .227
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Saunders in the 8th
b-flied out for Heilman in the 10th
2B - Justin Upton (22, Madson)
HR - Miguel Montero (3, Kendrick)
RBI - Miguel Montero 2 (18)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Drew-Johnson-LaRoche
Arizona Diamondbacks
Joe Saunders 7922041 4.51
Aaron Heilman 2000010 3.45
Esmerling Vasquez (L,1-4) 1.1311320 4.62
IBB - Ibanez by Esmerling Vasquez
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 109-71, Aaron Heilman 25-18, Esmerling Vasquez 41-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 8-7, Aaron Heilman 3-2, Esmerling Vasquez 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 28, Aaron Heilman 6, Esmerling Vasquez 10
Philadelphia Phillies
Placido Polanco, 2B5020004 .318
Raul Ibanez, LF4111101 .263
Ben Francisco, RF4010111 .246
Ryan Howard, 1B5000024 .295
Jayson Werth, CF5000031 .290
Cody Ransom, 3B4220111 .229
Carlos Ruiz, C5021001 .286
Wilson Valdez, SS5031000 .239
Kyle Kendrick, P1010001 .094
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   a- Dominic Brown, PH1000001 .500
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .272
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
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b-fouled out for Lidge in the 10th
2B - Placido Polanco 2 (19, Saunders, Vasquez), Carlos Ruiz (15, Saunders)
HR - Raul Ibanez (9, Saunders)
SH - Kyle Kendrick (5)
RBI - Raul Ibanez (49), Carlos Ruiz (18), Wilson Valdez (23)
SB - Ben Francisco (4, 2nd base off Saunders/Montero), Cody Ransom (1, 2nd base off Saunders/Montero)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Raul Ibanez 1
DP - Howard-Valdez-Kendrick, Polanco-Valdez-Howard, Polanco-Valdez-Howard
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Chad Durbin (H,9) 0.2100000 3.02
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J.C. Romero (BS,2) 1100200 2.66
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 5-7, Chad Durbin 1-0, Ryan Madson 2-1, J.C. Romero 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 24, Chad Durbin 2, Ryan Madson 4, J.C. Romero 5, Brad Lidge 3, Jose Contreras 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45232
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Andy Fletcher