Phillies drop another at home
PHILADELPHIA—Back home, the Philadelphia Phillies resumed their losing ways.
Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, Tim Lincecum threw seven sharp innings and the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Phillies 7-2 on Friday night.
Ryan Howard hit a solo homer for the last-place Phillies.
Once a dominant home team, the five-time defending NL East champions are an NL-worst 17-28 at home. The Phillies kicked off a crucial six-game homestand with another loss after a 4-2 road trip gave they hope for optimism.
"It is what it is right now," losing pitcher Vance Worley said. "We have to keep going out there trying to win."
Worley (5-6) gave up six runs and six hits in six innings, striking out nine.
Lincecum (4-10) looked more like the pitcher who was a two-time Cy Young Award winner than the one who entered the game with a 5.93 ERA. He allowed two runs and five hits, striking out six.
The Giants broke it open with five runs in the sixth.
Ryan Theriot led off with a single, Melky Cabrera singled and Buster Posey walked to load the bases. Pablo Sandoval's sacrifice fly made it 2-1. Nate Schierholtz walked to re-load the bases. Worley stayed in despite having already thrown 105 pitches. Crawford ripped the second pitch he saw out to right for his second career slam to put the Giants up 6-1.
"He started getting the ball up and got in trouble," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I felt he was still throwing good. He was going to the bottom of the order. I felt like he could get them out."
Howard drove one out to almost straightaway center to get the Phillies within 6-2 in the bottom half. It was Howard's second homer in 25 at-bats since returning after missing the first 84 games.
Crawford's RBI single off Jeremy Horst in the eighth made it 7-2.
A balk by Lincecum forced in Shane Victorino to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Victorino and Chase Utley hit consecutive hard singles to start the inning. After the balk, Lincecum worked out of a bases-loaded jam, retiring Placido Polanco on a bouncer to third.
The Giants tied it at 1 on Eli Whiteside's two-out RBI double to deep right in the fifth.
Lincecum has consecutive quality starts for just the second time this season. He got a no-decision in San Francisco's 3-2 extra-inning win over Houston last Saturday when he tossed eight scoreless innings.
"He mixed it up, he's always a tough pitcher," Howard said. "We weren't able to get to him."
Notes: Howard is 6-for-28 with four homers off Lincecum. ... The Phillies had their 265th straight sellout, including postseason. ... RHP Matt Cain (10-3, 2.56) faces LHP Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.07) in a matchup of All-Stars on Saturday afternoon. San Francisco gave Cain the contract Hamels is using as a barometer for the deal he's seeking from the Phillies before he reaches free agency after the season.
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