Brignac's HR in 9th lifts Phils over Padres

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 11, 2014 at 10:08 pm •  Published: June 11, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Reid Brignac has a knack for getting big hits.

Brignac hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

His second walk-off hit in two weeks gave the Phillies consecutive wins for the first time since a three-game streak May 17-20.

"It's what you play the game for, it's what you dream of as a kid," Brignac said.

Brignac had a game-winning RBI single in the 14th inning of a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on May 30.

His only other walk-off hit before this year was a solo homer for Tampa Bay off Yankees reliever Sergio Mitre in the 11th inning on Sept. 13, 2010. That gave the Rays a 1-0 win and put them a half-game ahead of New York in the AL East.

"Different circumstances," Brignac said. "Both feel great."

Starters Cole Hamels and Tyson Ross matched zeroes, but didn't get decisions. Hamels struck out a season-high 11 and allowed five hits in eight shutout innings for the Phillies. Ross struck out seven in seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits.

Jonathan Papelbon (2-1) tossed a scoreless ninth for the win.

"Cole was outstanding," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Real sharp with his command, his fastballs and change-ups. He's looking real good."

Nick Vincent (0-2) walked Domonic Brown with one out and hit Carlos Ruiz on 1-2 pitch. Brignac then sent a 2-0 pitch into the right-field seats for his first homer with the Phillies. Brignac was just 8 for 40 with 19 strikeouts before going deep.

Brignac pointed into the dugout as he jogged to first, slapped his hands together after rounding the bag and was mobbed at the plate by jubilant teammates. He got doused with shaving cream afterward by A.J. Burnett.

"It feels great to come through for my teammates," Brignac said. "Cole pitched great."

Jimmy Rollins stole two bases on the same pitch in the Phillies first after moving within three hits of breaking Mike Schmidt's franchise record of 2,234.

Rollins lined a one-out single to right, but jogged slowly to first and was grimacing in pain. He appeared hobbled perhaps because he hit a foul off his leg.



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