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PHILADELPHIA -- This time, Jonathan Sanchez did his talking on the mound.
The Giants averted a sweep in a matchup of NL wild-card contenders, stopping their three-game slide and ending the Phillies' four-game winning streak.
"The last thing you want to do is dig yourself too big a hole. I thought this was a big game for the guys," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We came out after a tough series against San Diego at home, then lost the first two here. To get this last one against a very tough pitcher is big for this club."
Sanchez publicly predicted a sweep before the Giants faced NL West-leading San Diego, but the Padres beat the left-hander in the opening game and took two of three.
Sanchez (9-8) redeemed himself against the Phillies, becoming the first Giants starting pitcher to record a win in 15 games, dating to his victory over Colorado on Aug. 3. No runner reached second base against the lefty, who retired 15 straight after hitting Chase Utley with a pitch in the fourth.
"He had a great look about him," Bochy said. "The last couple of starts, especially the comments, he'd probably like to take all of that back, but you can't once you say it. He looked very determined to get back on track."
Sanchez, who was vying for his first complete game since his no-hitter against San Diego on July 10, 2009, came out to start the ninth with a 5-0 lead. He gave up a leadoff single to Shane Victorino and was pulled with a 2-0 count on Placido Polanco.
Sergio Romo retired Polanco on a fly ball, but Utley singled and Mike Sweeney hit a two-out, two-run double. Bochy then went to closer Brian Wilson, who retired Raul Ibanez on a fly ball for his 34th save in 37 opportunities.
"We needed the game, to start winning again," Sanchez said. "We lost three games in row. To come back is good for us. I was just trying to go out, get ahead and make them swing."
Victorino had the Phillies' first hit, a hard single up the middle in the third.
Pablo Sandoval connected for the Giants, hitting his ninth homer of the season and first while batting right-handed. Last season, he hit 25 homers, six off left-handed pitchers.
The Giants, who had scored three or fewer runs in each of their past five games, jumped on Cole Hamels (7-10) for three in the first. Freddy Sanchez singled and scored on a double by Posey, who is 11 for 25 (.444) in his last six games. Jose Guillen and Juan Uribe added RBI singles later in the inning.
Sanchez took it from there.
"You get a couple of runs and you start pitching relaxed," Sanchez said.
Hamels had received eight runs of support in his previous six starts combined, including losing consecutive 1-0 decisions. He departed after yielding five runs and seven hits in five innings.
"I wasn't able to hit my spots," Hamels said. "When I finally did, they hit me. You have to get ahead of them. I wasn't able to execute. When you give up three in the first, it's tough to come back. When they put up five, it's really tough."
The Giants needed a win before heading to St. Louis for a three-game series against the Cardinals, in contention in the NL Central.
"Everybody's destiny is in front of them," Bochy said. "It's how you play and you have to win ballgames. It's not about looking for help. You have to take care of business if you're going to get there."
|Jonathan Sanchez tosses eight innings of two-hit ball while striking out seven in a matchup of wild-card contenders. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.243|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.261|
|Buster Posey, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.341|
|Pat Burrell, LF||3||1||0||0||1||2||1||.254|
|Andres Torres, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.287|
|Jose Guillen, RF||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.262|
|Nate Schierholtz, PR-RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Juan Uribe, SS||4||0||1||1||0||2||2||.253|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.266|
|Eli Whiteside, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.236|
|Jonathan Sanchez, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.167|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Wilson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Buster Posey 2 (16, Hamels, Hamels)|
|HR - Pablo Sandoval (9, Hamels)|
|RBI - Buster Posey 2 (45), Jose Guillen (64), Juan Uribe (66), Pablo Sandoval (48)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Jonathan Sanchez (W,9-8)||8||2||1||1||2||7||0||3.47|
|Brian Wilson (S,34)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.05|
|HBP - Utley (by Jonathan Sanchez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 98-68, Sergio Romo 21-13, Brian Wilson 5-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 5-12|
|Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 29, Sergio Romo 4, Brian Wilson 1|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.249|
|Shane Victorino, CF||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.258|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.318|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.275|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.302|
|Mike Sweeney, 1B||3||0||1||2||1||0||1||.266|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.265|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.293|
|Cole Hamels, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.157|
|a- Ben Francisco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|David Herndon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Wilson Valdez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.245|
|Danys Baez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Hamels in the 5th|
|b-struck out for Herndon in the 8th|
|2B - Mike Sweeney (4, Romo)|
|RBI - Mike Sweeney 2 (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Sweeney 2 (7)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Rollins-Utley-Sweeney, Polanco-Sweeney|
|Cole Hamels (L,7-10)||5||7||5||5||1||5||1||3.51|
|WP - Cole Hamels (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 86-55, David Herndon 37-24, Danys Baez 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 4-5, David Herndon 3-3, Danys Baez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 22, David Herndon 9, Danys Baez 3|
|Attendance - 45449|
|Game Time - 2:34|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|