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GAME OF THE DAY

Phillies blow lead, then win

May 24, 2007|From the Associated Press

MIAMI — The ninth inning will be remembered as the Philadelphia Phillies' fiasco.

"It was a mess," catcher Rob Barajas said.

"The weirdest inning of all time," center fielder Aaron Rowand said.

"No comment," closer Brett Myers said.

For the Phillies, the ninth-inning toll Wednesday included two ejections, two defensive gaffes, an injury to Myers and a blown four-run lead. They regrouped in the 10th, when Abraham Nunez singled home the tiebreaking run with two out for an 8-7 victory over Florida.

"I've seen a lot of crazy things in baseball," Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel said. "It ranks with the rest of them."

Jimmy Rollins led off the 10th with a single, advanced on Rowand's blooper and took third when center fielder Alfredo Amezaga misplayed the ball for Florida's third error.

Nunez's single against Kevin Gregg (0-2) scored the unearned run.

Hanley Ramirez scored the tying run in the ninth when he slid under Barajas, who stood waiting with the ball but failed to crouch low enough to make the tag for the game's final out. Barajas and Manuel disputed the call and were ejected, but Manuel later acknowledged TV replays showed Ramirez was indeed safe.

Two pitches later, Myers threw a wild pitch, immediately grabbed his arm above the elbow and quickly departed for the clubhouse.

Myers might return to Philadelphia for further examination, the Phillies said.

Clay Condrey (2-0) replaced Myers. With the bases loaded, Todd Linden lined to Condrey, sending the game into extra innings.

Condrey pitched a scoreless 10th, and the Phillies climbed to .500 for the fourth time in the last week. They haven't been above .500 all season.

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