BEN DISCOVERS ELECTRICITY AS PHILS BEAT NATS IN 11

By Sam Bush

Ben Revere is not a power hitter.

The Phillies are not a contender for post-season play.

But, as often happens in the crazy game of baseball, neither mattered last night in Washington, as the Phils rallied from multiple five-run deficits to beat the NL East-leading Nationals 9-8 in 11 innings.

The Phillies scored three in the ninth off closer Rafael Soriano, including Revere’s two-out, game-tying and second career home run, and then tallied two in the top of the 11th and hung on for a wild win.

After accomplishing little against starter Stephen Strasburg the Phillies offense found life against the Nationals’ bullpen. Phillies trailed 5-0 after five innings and 7-2 after the seventh. Carlos Ruiz slugged a two-run homer in the ninth inning against Soriano before Revere’s blast.

Revere drove in three runs, including an RBI single in the 11th after rookie Maikel Franco’s fielder’s choice scored Domonic Brown from third for the go-ahead run.

“Well the guys hung in there and battled, that’s for sure,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. Now 65-75 overall, Philadelphia has won three of four and eight of 11 games.

Of Revere’s three hits, one clearly stood out. Before his ninth-inning heroics, the fifth-year outfielder had only one home run in 1,932 career at-bats.

“I was trying to put a good swing on the ball, possibly drive it to hit either a double or triple. I wasn’t thinking home run,” a shocked Revere stated. “It’s crazy. I wasn’t expecting to do something like that.”

 

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