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Howard’s Walk-Off Caps 9th Inning Comeback

Ryan Howard and the Phillies celebrate (Photo Credit: Matt Slocum/AP)

The Phillies miraculously pulled off a ninth inning comeback in their 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.  Ryan Howard smacked a walk-off home run, but that would not have happened without a clutch hit from Chase Utley.

The Phillies found themselves trailing 3-2 entering the ninth inning.  The Rockies had just scored a run in the eighth inning after DJ LeMahieu homered off Jake Diekman.  Tony Gwynn Jr. started the rally by reaching safely on a throwing error.  Ben Revere followed with a single, and with two on and two outs, Chase Utley stepped to the plate.  Utley lined a single past the second baseman and into right field.  Gwynn rounded third as Michael Cuddyer fired home.  The throw was slightly off line and Gwynn slid in safely to tie the game at three.

The momentum quickly shifted into the Phillies’ direction.  Ryan Howard fouled off a few pitches before launching one into left-center field.  Ben Revere danced home, Howard trotted the bases, and the Phillies won in walk-off style.  Howard had a big game at the plate; he also singled in a run during the third inning. He finished the night with four runs batted in.  During the series against the Rockies, Howard drove in a total of nine runs.

Hernandez Allows Two Earned Runs

Roberto Hernandez pitched 5 and 2/3, allowing two earned runs on six hits, including a home run.  He had trouble finding the zone, as he walked five batters.  He struck out four.

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