Giants Vs. Phillies: G-Men Fall Short Of Sweep With 4-3 Loss In Extras

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Giants Vs. Phillies, Final Score: Giants Fall Short Of Sweep With 4-3 Loss In Extras

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's been over 40 years since the Philadelphia Phillies had lost eight in a row at home.

Thanks to Jimmy Rollins, it will stay that way for a little while longer.

Mired in a seven-game home slump, Rollins lined an RBI single in the 12th inning to lift the Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Giants in the conclusion of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia has endured a season many would wish to forget, and its third seven-game losing streak at its nine-year-old ballpark is now in the history books. Rollins' hit helped snap a three-game losing streak overall.

"It was good to end that streak," Rollins said. "More importantly, it's a (win). Any (win) we can get is going to help us down the stretch."

John Mayberry Jr. hit a pair of home runs for the second time in his career, and Chase Utley had an RBI triple in the opening inning. Kyle Kendrick (4-8) received the win for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Nate Schierholtz hit two home runs as well for the Giants, who were aiming for their first sweep of the Phillies since 2004. Brad Penny (0-1) took the loss after Barry Zito allowed three runs in a seven-inning start.

"It was a pretty good (road) trip," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "They battled hard the whole trip, and we had a lot of tight games, and this one got away from us."

The Phillies' run in the 12th was almost necessary had Kendrick not prevented the Giants from scoring in the top of the inning.

Brandon Crawford doubled to lead off, and San Francisco had a chance to go ahead without a base hit. Kendrick, though, struck out Brandon Belt and Emmanuel Burriss before getting Ryan Theriot to fly out to end the threat.

Ty Wigginton nearly ended it with a shot to the warning track in the home half, but Schierholtz had room to make a jumping grab. Carlos Ruiz followed with a walk and moved to third on Laynce Nix's single before Rollins lined the first pitch he saw into center.

Schierholtz led off the game with a homer against Joe Blanton, who lasted eight innings for the second consecutive start. Blanton gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk for Philadelphia.

The Phillies came back to tie the game quickly on Utley's triple, and the teams traded runs again in the fourth.

Pablo Sandoval followed a Buster Posey single with a double off the wall in center for a 2-1 Giants lead, but Mayberry hit a two-out homer to tie the game.

Mayberry led off the seventh with another homer to give the Phillies their first lead, but Schierholtz made it 3-3 with a two-out shot in the eighth.

Game Notes

Nix was playing his first game since May 9 after missing more than two months with a calf injury...Mayberry recorded his second career multi-homer game, while Schierholtz had his third and second of the season...The last eight-game home losing streak for the Phillies was a 10-gamer from May 16-June 6, 1972. Their longest skid at home is 13 games in 1944...Philadelphia is now 3-9 in extra innings, having lost its last five such games before Sunday.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Giants Not Considering Rick Ankiel, Contrary To Reports

The San Francisco Giants are looking to upgrade all aspects of their club outside of the starting rotation, which has been phenomenal this season. There is no denying the lineup and bench could improve with an extra outfielder or two, and it appears the Giants are considering bringing on a veteran into the mix.

Rick Ankiel, once a top prospect with the Cardinals, has bounced around from team to team in recent years. He struggled this season with the Washington Nationals and was released last week, but it appears some teams are still interested in the veteran outfielder. A few reports surfaced that San Francisco was interested in adding him, but that is not the case, reports Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area,

A little more than a week remains before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline will hit, so expect the Giants to be an active bunch in the very near future. This team is currently built to have a chance at the playoffs, but the addition of a power hitting, right-handed hitter could be the difference between the postseason and golf in October.

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Giants Vs. Phillies: Barry Zito Eyes Series Sweep In Philly

(Sports Network) - Joe Blanton has only lost one start this season when not allowing a home run. That outing happened to come against the San Francisco Giants.

The Philadelphia Phillies' right-hander hopes that isn't the case again today as his club tries to avoid getting swept in a three-game series by the Giants for the first time in eight years.

Blanton has yielded 20 homers over his 19 outings this season, including 18 starts. He avoided a third straight setback on Monday at the Los Angeles Dodgers, hurling eight innings while allowing two runs on six hits without a walk. Blanton also struck out seven and did not give up a homer for the first time since May 8 -- a span of 12 starts.

"When I kept the ball down I had good results. I thought I threw the ball really well. I tried to throw as many strikes as I could," noted Blanton, who threw 80 of his 110 pitches for strikes.

Blanton is 4-1 in six outings this season when not allowing a homer, with that loss coming on April 17 at San Francisco. He yielded four runs on 11 hits over five innings of a 4-2 setback, with the 31-year-old dipping to 2-4 with a 5.00 ERA in eight career meetings.

Barry Zito will face the Phillies for the first time in 2012 having won two straight and three of his last four starts. The 34-year-old lefty threw seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball for the second time in that span, doing so on Tuesday in Atlanta. He walked one and fanned four in a 9-0 win.

Zito improved to 8-6 with a 3.75 ERA in 18 starts this season and is 3-3 lifetime versus Philadelphia with a 4.75 ERA in six encounters.

Zito will look to pitch the Giants to their first sweep of the Phillies since Aug. 13-15, 2004 in Philadelphia. San Francisco needed extra innings to claim yesterday's win, getting a perfectly placed safety squeeze from Gregor Blanco that plated Melky Cabrera.

Buster Posey had four hits for the Giants, who have won seven of their last eight.

Despite the two teams trotting out pitchers Matt Cain and Cole Hamels, the game unexpectedly turned into a home run derby. The Giants and Phillies combined to hit six home runs and each starter contributed a long ball.

It was the first time a pair of starters homered off each other in the same inning since Fernando Valenzuela and Kevin Gross did it on May 14, 1990.

"It certainly wasn't the type of game we thought it would be," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's not too often you see both pitchers go deep. Both teams threw out some good at-bats, both pitchers made some mistakes and paid for them."

Posey, Cabrera and Cain homered for the Giants, while Hamels, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley hit round-trippers for the Phils, who have dropped three straight.

The Giants took two of three versus the Phillies at home from April 16-18.

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Giants Vs. Phillies, Final Score: San Francisco Rallies For 6-5 Victory In Extras

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Gregor Blanco knocked in the go-ahead run with a perfectly placed safety squeeze in the top of the 10th inning and the San Francisco Giants edged the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5, in the middle installment of a three-game series.

With Jonathan Papelbon (2-4) on the mound, Melky Cabrera drew a leadoff walk and Buster Posey blooped a single into right -- his fourth hit of the game -- to put runners on the corners. After Pablo Sandoval fanned, Blanco pushed a bunt up the first base line that could not be handled by Ryan Howard, allowing Cabrera to score.

Sergio Romo (3-1) picked up the win with two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief and Santiago Casilla worked around a walk in the bottom of the 10th to nail down his 24th save of the season.

Despite the two teams trotting out pitchers Matt Cain and Cole Hamels, the game unexpectedly turned into a home run derby. The Giants and Phillies combined to hit six home runs and each starter contributed a long ball.

It was the first time a pair of starters homered off each other in the same inning since Fernando Valenzuela and Kevin Gross did it on May 14, 1990.

On the mound, Cain allowed five runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts over eight innings.

Hamels, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and may have made his last home start in a Phillies uniform, gave up five runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

Posey, Cabrera and Cain homered for the Giants, winners in seven of their last eight, while Hamels, Howard and Chase Utley hit round-trippers for the Phils, who have dropped three straight.

The Phillies opened the scoring in the first inning when Utley tagged a fastball down-and-in from the Giants righty and smoked it off the facing of the second deck for the 1-0 lead.

The Giants took the lead with a pair of long balls in the third. Cain got a cutter down the heart of the plate and sent it over the wall in left to tie the game. Cabrera drew a walk three batters later and Posey went down and got a changeup, sending it deep and into the left field stands to put San Francisco up, 3-1.

Hamels answered Cain's shot with one of his own in the home third when he ripped a fastball into the right-field seats for his first career long ball, pulling Philadelphia within 3-2.

Posey knocked home Ryan Theriot with an RBI single in the fifth to extend the lead to 4-2, but the Phillies went ahead in the sixth.

Jimmy Rollins walked to start the frame and Shane Victorino blooped a single into right. After Utley flied out, Howard got a fastball from Cain and smashed it deep over the wall in right-center, making it 5-4.

The Giants quickly tied the game again in the eighth when Cabrera led off the inning by taking Hamels deep and just inside the left-field foul pole.

Game Notes

Victorino collected his 1,000th career hit. He became the first Hawaiian-born player to reach the milestone...The Giants improved to 7-1 since the All-Star break and 7-1 in extra-inning games...It was Cain's sixth career home run...Hamels' shot in the third was his first career long ball...Giants outfielder Angel Pagan was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt in the sixth inning...Cain allowed three home runs in a game for the first time since October 1, 2010 against the San Diego Padres...Philadelphia fell to 2-9 in extra innings.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Giants Looking Into Bullpen Help

The Giants could certainly benefit from adding a hitter or two before the July 31 trade deadline. While the club hasn't been involved in too many trade rumors up until this point -- honestly, there aren't a ton of hitters available as of right now -- one report suggested San Francisco will be looking to improve their bullpen.

Here is the latest:

As for Broxton, Giants fans are well aware of him after spending a few seasons with the rival Dodgers. Broxton has suffered from injuries in recent seasons, but he's finally healthy and dealing for the Royals. He has recorded 22 saves and posted an ERA of 2.34, which would definitely help the Giants as Santiago Casilla struggles.

Relievers are always a dime a dozen around the trade deadline, so it'll be interesting to see just how many players San Francisco acquires.

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Giants vs. Phillies: Lineups Released For Saturday's FOX Showdown

The San Francisco Giants are playing some of their best baseball of the season right now, and they're doing so against some tough competition out of the National League East. Following their 7-2 win on Friday night, the Giants will turn to Matt Cain to clinch a series victory against the Phillies on Saturday afternoon. He will be opposed by Cole Hamels, who has been the subject of many trade rumors the last few weeks.

The game this afternoon is scheduled to begin at 1:05 PST and will be played on FOX. There are a couple of games slated for the national telecast, so you'll have to check your local listings to see if the Giants are on in your area.

Here are the lineups for both teams.

Giants:

Nate Schierholtz RF
Ryan Theriot 2B
Melky Cabrera LF
Buster Posey C
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Angel Pagan CF
Joaquin Arias SS
Brandon Belt 1B
Matt Cain P

Phillies:

Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Chase Utley 1B
Ryan Howard 1B
Carlos Ruiz C
Hunter Pence RF
Juan Pierre LF
Mike Fontenot 3B
Cole Hamels P

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