Nate Schierholtz got San Francisco on the board in the first inning with a solo homer. Chase Utley's RBI triple tied the game in the bottom of the first inning. Pablo Sandoval hit an RBI double to give the Giants the lead back in the fourth inning. John Mayberry hit the first of his two solo homers in the bottom of the fourth. Mayberry hit another solo shot in the seventh inning. Schierholtz hit his second homer of the game in the eighth inning to tie the game at 3-3. Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI single in the 12th to win the game.
Joe Blanton got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings. Blanton gave up seven hits, three earned runs and one walk while striking out six batters. Barry Zito started for the Giants and gave up five hits and three earned runs in seven innings. Brad Penny took the loss for the Giants when he gave up the hit to Jimmy Rollins in the 12th. Kyle Kendrick pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for the Phillies and picked up the win. Kendrick gave up one hit and two walks while striking out two batters.
The Phillies (42-54) will start their next series on July 23 against the Milwaukee Brewers (44-50) at Citizens Bank Park.
The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants will conclude their three-game series at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday (1:35 p.m. ET on PHL 17). Philly's Joe Blanton (8-8) will take the mound and oppose former teammate Barry Zito (8-6), as the Phillies try and salvage at least a victory in the three-game series.
On Saturday, Philly fell in 10 innings by a score of 6-5. The loss was the Phillies seventh straight loss at home and dropped them to a disappointing 17-29 at their home park -- a mark that is worst in the major leagues.
Blanton will enter the game coming off a nice start on Monday, while Zito tossed seven scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. Both players pitched together with the Oakland A's from 2004-06.
Cole Hamels wasn't his usual brilliant self, allowing five runs in 7.2 innings on three walks and 10 hits, including a trio of home runs. Despite being staked to a 5-4 lead in the eighth, Hamels couldn't pass the baton to Jonathan Papelbon before giving up a tying-home run to Melky Cabrera.
In the 10th, Gregor Blanco was able to provide a RBI bunt single, driving in the eventual game-winning run home in the form of Cabrera.
Surprisingly, Philadelphia was able to hit Matt Cain hard who surrendered five earned runs in eight innings on five hits including blasts by Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Hamels.
Buster Posey was the star of the afternoon, going 4-for-5 with three RBI including a two-run homer in the third inning.
The Philadelphia Phillies (41-53) will look to rebound from their Game 1 loss on Saturday, taking on the San Francisco Giants (52-41) in the second game of the three-game series. Cole Hamels (11-4 3.07 ERA) will take the hill for Philadelphia, facing off with Matt Cain (10-3 2.56 ERA) for San Francisco in what could easily be an impressive pitchers' duel. Both men are in the top 10 in the National League for wins, strikeouts and innings pitched.
The Philadelphia Phillies lost to the San Francisco Giants by a final score of 7-2 Friday night, losing the opening game of the three game series. Phillies hitters were unable to find much success against Tim Lincecum, getting five hits and two runs in seven innings while being struck out six times.
Vance Worley started for Philadelphia and appeared to be handling things until the top of the sixth inning. After two singles to open the inning Worley walked the bases full. Pablo Sandoval knocked in one run with a sacrifice fly and Worley walked the next man to load the bases again. Brandon Crawford took full advantage of that mistake, sending a ball over the right field wall to make it 6-1 San Francisco. Crawford picked up another RBI on a single in the eighth, but aside from a Ryan Howard solo home run in the bottom of the sixth Philadelphia didn't have an answer.
Philadelphia drops to 41-53 with the loss. They'll look to rebound in Game 2 of the series, scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. ET.