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Giant Letdown

Roberto Hernandez made his first start since well before the all-star break, and made the most of it. The up and down hurler turned in a quality start on Tuesday night, though he did fall behind early.

He allowed a first inning run on an RBI single by Pablo Sandoval that plated lead-off man Hunter Pence. Hernandez allowed three runs total on the night, each one coming in a different inning.

His offense responded in the bottom of the inning, similar to last night. With Ben Revere on second and Jimmy Rollins on first, Chase Utley singled to center-field. Revere scored to make it 1-1. With Rollins now on third, Marlon Byrd grounded out to first. Rollins scored to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.

The Giants tied the game in the second inning when center-fielder Gregor Blanco led off with a walk. He then stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Cameron Rupp. Blanco would score on a ground out by Brandon Crawford to tie the game at two.

The Giants briefly took the lead on a solo home-run by Pence in the fifth, but the Phils retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. With Revere on base, Rollins went yard to deep right-field to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead. Later in the inning, Marlon Byrd recorded his second run batted in with a double to straight away center. Ryan Howard scored to make it 5-2 Phillies.

Hernandez finished with 5.2 innings pitched, allowing the three earned runs on five hits and three walks.

The Giants would cut the lead to 5-4 in the seventh with a run off of Ken Giles. It was only the second run Giles has allowed since being called up to the majors.

Jonathan Papelbon came on in the ninth inning to shut the door, but would blow the save for just the third time this season. Buster Posey took him deep for a solo shot, tying the game at five. The Phils failed in the bottom of the ninth and the game would go extra innings.

The Phillies had several chances to win in extra frames, but the game went on into the 14th inning. That’s when the Giants scored four runs against Jeff Manship. The Phillies answered with a run in the bottom half, but lost the game 9-6.

This team continually finds ways to lose. The bullpen might be their most consistent tool this season, yet when they rarely have a lead late, the relievers fail to hold it. It was the second straight game that the Phillies had the lead, only to give it back.

They face the Giants again tonight with A.J. Burnett on the bump against Madison Bumgarner for San Francisco.

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