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Desert Storm

It took all day, but the Phillies fought back late to tie the game in the ninth inning, and then went ahead in the 10th.

The Philadelphia Phillies hoped to earn a winning record on this West Coast road trip that took them to San Francisco and Arizona. They had their most consistent pitcher on the mound in Kyle Kendrick, who boasted the tenth best earned run average in the National League.

They faced Brandon McCarthy who came into today with an 0-3 record and an ERA of 6.75.

Kendrick had trouble in the first inning, allowing a solo home run to Gerardo Parra. Later in the inning, A.J. Pollock singled to center field to score Eric Chavez from second and give the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead right out of the chute.

That would be all Kendrick would give up. He settled in after that, scattering six hits total in seven innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.

The offense, as per the usual, could not put anything together against McCarthy. They did manage seven hits against him, but could not bring any runners home. They would finally breakthrough at the last minute.

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson called on closer Heath Bell to close things out. With one out, Chase Utley just missed a homerun with a double off the fence in right field. Delmon Young stepped in next and doubled him home and put the Phillies on the board 2-1. John Mayberry, Jr. came in to run for Young, and it paid off. Domonic Brown would follow with a single to center field, and Mayberry was able to come around from second to score and tie things up.

Antonio Bastardo and recent call up Justin DeFratus combined in the bottom of the ninth inning to keep the game tied heading into extra innings. DeFratus was called up after the team optioned starter Tyler Cloyd back to triple A Lehigh Valley.

With the game tied, the meat of the Phillies order came up in the tenth and came through. Jimmy Rollins led off with a hard single to left field. Utley followed that with a double to right center to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Ryan Howard, hitless all series up to that point, roped a double down the right field line to score Rollins and Utley and put the Phils ahead for good at 4-2.

Closer Jonathan Papelbon, coming off a five out safe the night before, came in to nail down the win for DeFratus and earn the Phils a 4-3 record on this road trip.

A come from behind win on getaway day always puts the team in good spirits heading back home. The Phils will face the Cleveland Indians at Citizens Bank Park for another quick two game series. Jonathan Pettibone gets the start for the Fightins against Scott Kazmir for the Indians.

Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com

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