Final in 10
10:10 PM ET, June 24, 2013
Petco Park, San Diego, California
Padres rally from 3-run deficit in 9th to edge Phillies in 10 innings
Blanks singled home the winning run in the 10th inning for his career-best fourth hit, and the San Diego Padres rallied from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat Philadelphia 4-3 on Monday.
When he came to bat in the 10th, Blanks knew a hit would set his career high.
"I kind of had that in the back of my mind," he said. "It's been that kind of elusive game for me. It's always fun to have those, and I'm looking forward to having a lot more."
Looking for his 10th win of the season, Lee took a six-hit shutout into the ninth but lasted only three more pitches. Carlos Quentin led off with a single and went to third when Chase Headley followed with a double that ended Lee's night.
On came Papelbon, who gave up a two-run single to Blanks on his first pitch.
Instead, Blanks scored on a passed ball by catcher Carlos Ruiz. Mark Kotsay swung and missed at a 2-0 pitch, but the ball got past Ruiz and went to the backstop. With a headfirst slide, Blanks just beat Ruiz's throw to Papelbon covering the plate.
Papelbon had converted all 13 of his save opportunities going into last week, but he's blown four of five attempts since -- several in particularly frustrating fashion.
"I don't know what is worse, losing 15-0 or getting beat that way. Either way, it's a loss and it doesn't sit well with me," Papelbon said.
The Phillies were handed an opportunity to go back ahead in the 10th.
Jimmy Rollins led off with a single and Chase Utley flied out to deep center. But when Chris Denorfia tried to throw the ball back to the infield, it slipped out of his hand and trickled away for an error that allowed Rollins to go all the way to third.
In the bottom half, Denorfia drew a one-out walk from Justin De Fratus (2-1) and Quentin was hit by a pitch. Headley walked on a full count to load the bases and Blanks singled down the third base line.
"He was a guy I hadn't faced before," Blanks said. "I picked a little off the video. The first pitch was a slider in the dirt and I swung. The second pitch I was just looking to get down early and stay back enough to put something hard into play. I got enough of it and the ball hugged the line."
Utley homered and Ruiz had an RBI single for the Phillies. Rollins hit a sacrifice fly.
Eric Stults pitched a strong game for the Padres in his career-high 16th start of the season. Stults allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings, with four strikeouts and no walks. He has given up two earned runs or less in each of his past six starts.
Phillies 1B Ryan Howard sat out with a sore left knee. Kevin Frandsen took his starting spot. ... Phillies RHP Roy Halladay, on the disabled list since May 6 with a right shoulder injury, played catch from 50 to 60 feet, according to pitching coach Rich Dubee. "He wanted to start throwing with me and this is his third day doing it," Dubee said. "It looks very, very good." ... Dubee took manager Charlie Manuel's place during the pregame session with the media because Manuel was under the weather. Manuel did take his spot in the dugout at game time. ... Headley batted cleanup for the first time this season after hitting in the No. 3 spot in his previous 61 games. ... Padres manager Bud Black said 2B Jedd Gyorko, on the DL with a right groin strain since June 10, could be headed out on a rehab assignment Tuesday. "He ran the bases (Monday) and came out of it fine," Black said. "We are working through the scenario to getting Jedd out to play in a minor league game or two. And from that point we will reassess how his leg is doing and make a determination whether he joins us on the road (later in the week)." ... Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.56 ERA) faces RHP Jason Marquis (9-2, 3.59) on Tuesday night.
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 24: Eric Stults #53 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the third inning of a baseball...(Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|2nd||C Ruiz singled to center, J Mayberry Jr. scored, C Ruiz to third on throwing error by center fielder C Denorfia.||1||0|
|5th||J Rollins hit sacrifice fly to right, J Mayberry Jr. scored.||2||0|
|8th||C Utley homered to center (406 feet).||3||0|
|9th||K Blanks singled to center, C Quentin and C Headley scored.||3||2|
|9th||K Blanks scored on C Ruiz' passed ball.||3||3|
|10th||K Blanks singled to left, C Denorfia scored, C Quentin to third, C Headley to second.||3||4|
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|Stadium||Petco Park, San Diego, CA|
|Attendance||26,265 (61.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||68 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Cory Blaser|
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