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Papelbon blows save, Philly loses in 10

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel sat dejectedly behind the desk in his office as he recounted the final two innings of the 4-3 loss to the Padres in 10 innings, in which his team blew a three-run lead in the ninth. Manuel arrived at the ballpark sicker than a dog. He returned to the team hotel feeling as bad or worse.

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon looked stunned as he spoke about his fourth blown save in eight days and another brutal late-inning collapse.

The Phillies dropped to 36-41 this season. They could have opened a 10-game road trip through San Diego, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh with a nice victory behind a superb effort from Cliff Lee. But a series of events left the manager and his players discussing a terrible loss instead.

Everything went south in the ninth. The Phillies warmed up Papelbon in the top half of the inning with Lee already having thrown 109 pitches in eight scoreless innings. But when Ruiz struck out with a runner on second for the second out, Manuel elected to have Lee hit instead of sending Ryan Howard to the plate to pinch-hit. Lee struck out for the fourth time to end the inning.

Yasmani Grandal hit into a double play, and Blanks to third on the play. Papelbon then threw a 2-0 splitter to pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay that went underneath Ruiz’s glove. The ball rolled behind the plate, and Ruiz could not retrieve the ball in time as Blanks scored the tying run.