Ninth Inning Rally Helps Phils to First Win

The offensive breakout that manager Charlie Manuel was looking for finally came on Monday. The Phillies put up nine runs, including two in a ninth inning rally, to beat the Astros 9-8 for their first spring training win of the season. The Phillies used speed to pull out the win.

Shane Victorino may have taken some big steps to making the Phillies club. He opened the ninth inning with a base hit up the middle and noticed that center fielder Charles Gipson didn't charge very hard on the play. Victorino never slowed and turned the single into a double. Later, Chris Roberson used his speed to break up a double-play and eventually scored on a single up the middle as the Phillies rallied for a 9-8 win.

Anthony Medrano, a 30 year old middle infielder who is in camp as a non-roster player, picked up his first hit in six at bats this spring when he singled home Victorino and Roberson in the ninth to give the Phillies the walk-off win.

Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins and Pat Burrell all homered earlier in the game for the Phillies. Rollins and Polanco, along with Mike Lieberthal, all made key errors that led to the Astros getting three runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-4 lead over the Phillies. Polanco and Lieberthal each had two hits on the day, as did Chase Utley.

Cory Lidle started and gave up three earned runs in his three innings of work. He was hurt on a first inning homerun by Carlos Rivera, who was playing in place of Jeff Bagwell, who didn't make the trip with the Astros. Pedro Liriano was charged with three unearned runs in the fourth and Rheal Cormier gave up two earned runs in his one inning of work.

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