It had all the trappings of Thursday’s horrific offensive performance. Instead, the boys woke up. And just in the Vic of time.
Shane Victorino nailed a two-out grand slam in the ninth inning to lead the Phillies to a 7-3 win over the first-place Marlins. The salami came after an RBI single by Matt Stairs and bases-loaded walk by Jimmy Rollins. Chase Utley added a solo shot after Victorino to cap the scoring. And what a way to end it.
The Phils were listless before that ninth, garnering only three hits and two walks off Marlins starter Josh Johnson in his seven innings. On the other side, Brett Myers surrendered a three-run home run against Dan Uggla (the Phils are now at 15 games with an opposing home run). He locked in after that despite 14 baserunners in six innings.
Clay Condrey grabbed the win with two hitless frames. Ryan Madson pitched a tense but winning ninth.