Instant Replay: Phillies 3, Giants 2



SAN FRANCISCO – The lowly Phillies rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat one of the best pitchers in baseball Saturday night.
Cameron Rupp’s two-run homer to deep center capped the rally and pushed the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants and their ace left-hander, Madison Bumgarner.
The win was just the Phillies’ eighth in the last 35 games.
The Giants, who lead the NL West, had won 31 of their previous 40 games coming into tonight.
Starting pitching report
Jeremy Hellickson gave up just five hits and two runs, one earned, over six innings. He is 5-6 with a 4.23 ERA.
Bumgarner entered the game with a 1.85 ERA, third lowest in the NL.
He did not allow a hit through the first four innings and gave up just five overall. Three of them came in the seventh when the Phillies rallied for their only three runs to take the lead.
Bumgarner had not allowed more than two earned runs in his previous 12 starts.
Bullpen report
Rookie Edubray Ramos, in his second big-league appearance, protected a one-run lead with an impressive 10-pitch seventh inning. He showed a 95-mph-plus fastball, a sharp breaking ball and no fear. David Hernandez allowed two base runners in the eighth, but got out of trouble when Brandon Crawford lined to left fielder Tyler Goeddel who doubled up Joe Panik at second. Jeanmar Gomez earned his 20th save.
At the plate
Tommy Joseph started the Phillies’ go-ahead rally in the seventh with a leadoff double against Bumgarner. Andres Blanco pushed home a run with a single up the middle that Bumgarner barely missed fielding. Rupp then hit a full-count fastball far over the centerfield wall to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. It was Rupp’s seventh homer.
In the field
For the second night in a row, a Phillies’ first baseman made an error that led to an unearned run. This time it was Joseph. His error with two outs in the second gave the Giants their second run.
Move coming
The Phillies will activate right-hander Vince Velasquez from the disabled list and he will pitch Monday in Arizona, taking the spot of struggling Adam Morgan.
Up next
The series concludes on Sunday afternoon. Aaron Nola (5-7, 4.11) looks to bounce back from three straight poor outings against Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto (11-1, 2.06).
Carlos Ruiz will catch Nola for the first time in his career (see story).

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