The Juice: Kyle Blanks’ fourth hit completes Padres comeback against Phillies in 10

David Brown
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Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies needed three outs for a shutout, but the San Diego Padres rallied against him and the bullpen for three runs in the ninth inning and one in the 10th for a 4-3 victory Monday night at Petco Park. The biggest hits came from Kyle Blanks, who drove in a pair in the ninth with a single, scored the tying run on a passed ball with Jonathan Papelbon on the hill and, an inning later, connected against Justin DeFratus for a bases-loaded single with one out to end the game. It was Blanks' career-high fourth hit, and it improved the Padres record to 39-38.

Implosion: Despite a rough ninth inning, the Phillies were one out away from victory. With Blanks at third base and Mark Kotsay at the plate in the ninth, a 2-0 swinging strike eluded catcher Carlos Ruiz and went to the backstop. Blanks rushed in from third and just beat a throw to Papelbon covering the plate. Papelbon had blown his fourth save in five chances after converting 13 straight to start the season. An inning later, the Phillies record would drop to 36-41.

''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.

What Brown can do: After making a bad initial read, Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown recovered and sprinted in to make a great catch to rob Jesus Guzman and help keep the Padres off the scoreboard in the seventh.

Wil Myers!: The Tampa Bay Rays hit three consecutive home runs in the second inning, with fresh rookie Wil Myers going deep in his first Tropicana Field at-bat. His home run came between deeps by James Loney and Sam Fuld — now there's a trio — against Toronto's Esmil Rogers. The Blue Jays' 11-game winning streak had been mortally wounded.

The offense, plus a sound outing by right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, made for a 4-1 victory.


Indians 5, Orioles 2: The Indians continue their streaky nature, winning for the ninth time in 12 games, after Michael Brantley homers and drives in four runs. Cleveland's bullpen finished with 3 2/3 innings of one-hit ball.

Dodgers 3, Giants 1: Would you believe another home run for Yasiel Puig? He wounded the Giants with his seventh in 20 major league games, but he finished them off with a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning.

The homer came against Madison Bumgarner. "If you want to pitch him away, he'll go away," Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully said. (Well, he won't go AWAY. He'll GO away.)

''He's very comfortable. He's not overwhelmed whatsoever.''

— Rays manager Joe Maddon on rookie Wil Myers

Hey! How'd this picture of Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrating a Stanley Cup victory get in here???!

• The Jays plan to activate Jose Reyes from the DL on Wednesday.

• Roy Halladay played catch from 50-60 feet and did well, Phillies coach Rich Dubee said. Halladay has been out since May 6 with a shoulder injury.

• Cleveland's Jason Kipnis has reached base in 26 straight games.

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