Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 5, 14 innings
None of them expected to play Sunday. They all ended up playing a role in the 14th inning.
“It could have been easy to say, ‘Let’s go home,’ but we hung in there and it turned out to be a good day,” manager Larry Bowa said.
One out later, Bobby Abreu was intentionally walked and Jim Thome walked on four pitches to load the bases. Then Ledee, who walked only two previous times this year, walked on a full count to score pinch-runner Wolf and give the Phillies a win in 4 hours, 27 minutes. They won two of three against Arizona.
The normally impatient Ledee said he needed patience in that situation.
“I had to make him throw strikes,” Ledee said.
Arizona manager Bob Brenly said he intentionally walked the slumping Abreu (.241) to pitch to Thome because the lefty slugger was overanxious in his earlier at-bats with runners on base.
“We took our chances with Thome maybe chasing a bad pitch and set up a force at home,” Brenly said.
Thome said he was still in Cleveland the last time the hitter in front of him was intentionally walked.
Madson (2-1) earned the win with three relief innings. He allowed one unearned run in the 14th and hasn’t allowed an earned run in the 15 2-3 innings this year.
“I just knew I had to keep them in the game and they’d do it,” Madson said. “I was supposed to have the day off. I didn’t have my shoes laced up until the 10th or 11th inning. I’m glad I got in there.”
Wolf, however, was a little more nervous when he was asked to pinch run. He put on some batting gloves and had only one thought: Don’t get picked off.
“I just wanted to stay out of trouble,” Wolf said, smiling.
Villarreal (0-2) allowed two runs, one hit and walked three in 1 2-3 innings in the loss.
Danny Bautista led off the 14th with a single off Madson and advanced to second on Chad Tracy’s bunt. One out later, Brent Mayne hit a slow roller to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who failed to field the ball cleanly. Kata followed with his RBI single through the middle for the go-ahead run.
Kata was hitless in his first six at bats. Shortstop Alex Cintron went 1-for-7.
The Phillies had to come back in the ninth against Diamondbacks closer Matt Mantei, who gave up a pinch-hit, two-run homer to Pat Burrell to tie it 4-4. It was Mantei’s third blown save, and the fifth homer he’s given up in the ninth inning.
“I was just looking to hit the ball and I got a good pitch to hit,” Burrell said.
Said Mantei: “Oscar didn’t lose that game today. I lost it in the ninth for us.”
Both teams had earlier chances to score in extra innings.
Ledee walked to lead off the 11th against Stephen Randolph. After an out, Randolph tried to pick off Ledee and had him caught. But first baseman Chad Tracy, who played the first 10 innings at third, fired the ball over the outstretched glove of Cintron and into left field as Ledee rushed all the way to third.
Tomas Perez was intentionally walked and Jose Valverde was brought in to face Lieberthal, a pinch hitter. He also was intentionally walked, loading the bases with one out for Glanville. Hitting against a drawn-in infield, Glanville hit a grounder to short that forced Ledee at home. Pinch-hitter Shawn Wooten struck out swinging to end the rally.
Arizona starter Brandon Webb struck out four and walked one in 6 2-3 innings.
Webb was in a pitcher’s duel with Phillies starter Eric Milton for the first five innings but the Diamondbacks sent nine batters to the plate in a three-run sixth—highlighted by Shea Hillenbrand’s RBI double and Bautista’s two-run single.
Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Steve Finley hit his fifth homer.
Perez hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 4-2.
Milton struck out six and walked four in six innings. … Thome was back in the lineup after sitting out a game because of a cortisone shot. … Finley and Bautista completed a double steal in the sixth. … Gonzalez was thrown out by RF Abreu in the seventh trying to stretch a single into a double. … 2B Placido Polanco went 0-for-6, Abreu was 0-for-5 and Thome 1-for-6. … This was the Phillies’ longest game since a 17-inning victory over Baltimore inJune last year.