To describe it as "late-inning heroics" only takes away from the oddness of what happened to end the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Colorado Rockies in the bottom of the ninth inning. Odd as it was, it was good enough to give the Phillies a 7-6 win.
Placido Polanco hit a dribbler down the middle to shortstop Marco Scutaro, whose throw to Todd Helton at first was off the mark, too high. Some strange footwork caused Helton to miss the bag and the out, which allowed Hunter Pence to score the winning run.
Joe Blanton gave up five runs over seven innings, allowing three pitches to leave the park. The start upped Blanton's ERA to 5.04. He pitched a complete game in his last outing.
The Phillies chased Alex White before he could finish the fourth inning. White allowed five earned runs on five hits and two walks. He did not strike out a single hitter, and gave up one home run.
Philadelphia gets one more against Colorado on Thursday night. Vance Worley gets the start for the Phillies.