The Phils topped Atlanta 7-6 today, getting a walkoff homer from Darin Ruf with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. After jumping out to a 4-0 lead, the bullpen, and especially Chad Durbin, stumbled in the middle innings, but the Phils scored two in the eighth to tie the game at six and Ruf won it in the ninth.
The Phillies optioned Ruf to Triple-A after the game.
Ruf was 2-for-4 with a walk and won the game with a solo homer off of lefty Daniel Rodriguez. Rodriguez was trying to retire the righty Ruf to get his ninth out of the game in relief for Atlanta.
Kratz was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI.
Mitchell started in center and went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .269.
Howard 2-for-4 with a double. Brown 1-for-5. Betancourt had two more hits, going 2-for-5 with two RBI to drop his average to .435. This says that Betancourt will ask for his release if not added to the roster this weekend.
Morgan started the game for the Phillies and allowed a run on four hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered a solo home run in the fifth to Evan Gattis to account for the lone run charged to him.
Fantastic spring for Morgan, who has thrown to a 1.93 ERA.
Durbin followed Morgan and didn’t fare as well. He got the final out in the fifth, then returned to pitch the sixth and allowed three runs on two singles, a double and a home run (also hit by Gattis).
Durbin’s spring ERA rises to 6.10 with the outing.
Valdes pitched the seventh, allowing a run on a solo home run by BJ Upton. It was the fifth home run that Valdes has allowed so far, which leads the team.
Miner allowed a run on three hits in the eighth and Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 ninth.