Padres score 3 in 9th, beat Phillies 4-3 in 10

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2013 at 1:57 am •  Published: June 25, 2013
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kyle Blanks' big night became another frustrating one for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Blanks singled home the winning run in the 10th inning for his career-best fourth hit, and the San Diego Padres rallied from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat Philadelphia 4-3 on Monday.

Blanks also had a two-run single and scored the tying run on a passed ball as the Padres fought back against Cliff Lee and struggling closer Jonathan Papelbon.

When he came to bat in the 10th, Blanks knew a hit would set his career high.

"I kind of had that in the back of my mind," he said. "It's been that kind of elusive game for me. It's always fun to have those and I'm looking forward to having a lot more."

Looking for his 10th win of the season, Lee took a six-hit shutout into the ninth but lasted only three more pitches. Carlos Quentin led off with a single and went to third when Chase Headley followed with a double that ended Lee's night.

On came Papelbon, who gave up a two-run single to Blanks on his first pitch.

Jesus Guzman was hit by a pitch, but Papelbon had a chance to get out of the jam after Yasmani Grandal grounded into a double play that left Blanks at third.

Instead, Blanks scored on a passed ball by catcher Carlos Ruiz. Mark Kotsay swung and missed at a 2-0 pitch, but the ball got past Ruiz and went to the backstop. With a headfirst slide, Blanks just beat Ruiz's throw to Papelbon covering the plate.

Papelbon had converted all 13 of his save opportunities going into last week, but he's blown four of five attempts since — several in particularly frustrating fashion.

"I don't know what is worse, losing 15-0 or getting beat that way. Either way, it's a loss and it doesn't sit well with me," Papelbon said.

The Phillies were handed an opportunity to go back ahead in the 10th.

Jimmy Rollins led off with a single and Chase Utley flied out to deep center. But when Chris Denorfia tried to throw the ball back to the infield, it slipped out of his hand and trickled away for an error that allowed Rollins to go all the way to third.

Michael Young, however, struck out on three pitches against Luke Gregerson before Joe Thatcher (3-1) retired Domonic Brown on a fly to center.

In the bottom half, Denorfia drew a one-out walk from Justin De Fratus (2-1) and Quentin was hit by a pitch. Headley walked on a full count to load the bases and Blanks singled down the third base line.

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