It felt like the sort of game they would lose: Jamie Moyer surrendering home runs early, base runners and defenders making mistakes late, and scads of runners stranded on base. But thanks largely to four scoreless (if eventful) innings from three relievers and some nice situational hitting followed by a huge Chase Utley triple in the four-run fourth inning, the Phillies climbed out of a 4-1 hole to down the Blue Jays 5-4 and win this three-game series in Toronto's eerily quiet Rogers Center.
Moyer was shaky early, surrendering solo homers to Aaron Hill in the first and third innings and a two-run shot toJose Bautista in the second. But he retired seven of the last eight Toronto hitters he faced after the Phils gave him a lead, and Chan Ho Park followed with two perfect innings in relief. Ryan Madson, restored to his more comfortable eighth-inning role, allowed a one-out single to Scott Rolen but seemed on the way to getting out of the inning when he induced a dead double-play ball from Adam Lind. But Eric Bruntlett, in his fourth game filling in for benched Jimmy Rollins, bobbled the ball to give Toronto two runners with one out. Madson escaped with a groundout from Alex Rios, an intentional walk to Lyle Overbay and a bases-loaded popup from pinch-hitter Russ Adams. The ninth inning, once again the domain of Brad Lidge, was even scarier: Jays catcher Raul Chavez led off with a bunt single, and then Lidge lost Marco Scutaro with a full-count walk. But he recovered to get Hill to pop up, then caught a huge break when pinch-runner John McDonald wandered too far off second and was caught in a rundown for the second out. Lidge then got Vernon Wells to ground out, locking down his 14th save of the season and first one-run since May 29 against Washington.
Trailing 3-0, the Phils got on the board in the third on Ryan Howard's RBI groundout. An inning later, down 4-1 after Hill's second home run, they loaded the bases with none out on a Pedro Feliz single, a walk to Chris Coste, and a Bruntlett bunt single. Carlos Ruiz plated one run with a fielder's choice groundout to third, on which Bruntlett delivered a beautiful takeout slide to break up the potential double play. Shane Victorino's sac fly scored Coste, and after a walk to Jayson Werth--who drew four on the day to go with a single, and has now reached safely in his last ten plate appearances--Chase Utley tripled off the right-centerfield wall to score two. Six scoreless innings later, the Phils had their 39th win of the season.
Moyer's 252nd career win evened his season record at 6-6 and moved him ahead of Bob Gibson to 44th on the all-time list.