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Phillies race past Giants with grand 6th

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Ty Kelly put the punctuation mark on the Phillies' breakout night at the plate Saturday, lifting a grand slam in the sixth -- part of a seven-run inning -- to help Philadelphia break a six-game losing streak in a 12-9 win over the Giants.

Rhys Hoskins joined in on the Philadelphia power, blasting a three-run 385-foot shot in the third while Cameron Rupp added a solo homer in the ninth. Cameron Perkins contributed two RBIs in the Phillies' first win of their West Coast road trip.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Ty Kelly put the punctuation mark on the Phillies' breakout night at the plate Saturday, lifting a grand slam in the sixth -- part of a seven-run inning -- to help Philadelphia break a six-game losing streak in a 12-9 win over the Giants.

Rhys Hoskins joined in on the Philadelphia power, blasting a three-run 385-foot shot in the third while Cameron Rupp added a solo homer in the ninth. Cameron Perkins contributed two RBIs in the Phillies' first win of their West Coast road trip.

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"A win's a win and I'm happy," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said, referring to the Giants' five-run ninth inning. "I don't look happy but I am."

• Kelly's slam, Hoskins' big fly fuel Phillies

Video: PHI@SF: Phillies power seven runs in 6th vs. Giants

Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. His fastball averaged 89.8 mph, according to Statcast™. It averaged 90.6 mph entering the game after averaging 91.6 and 91.5 mph in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Four of the five lowest-velocity games of Eickhoff's career have come in his four starts this month.

"I feel good," Eickhoff said. "I don't know. It could just be August, I guess. I have no idea. But I felt good. For the most part, I was able to execute a lot of pitches. It hasn't affected anything. I wouldn't look much into it."

Giants center fielder Denard Span started the game in style, converting the first pitch he saw into an inside-the-park homer and notching two RBIs on his single in the second. Starter Ty Blach was tagged for six runs in 5 1/3 innings, while the Giants rallied for five runs in the ninth off Edubray Ramos to bring the tying run to the plate before Hector Neris locked down his 14th save.

Video: PHI@SF: Neris fans Moncrief to earn the save

"You hate to score nine runs and not win the ballgame," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But at the same time, when you have the tying run on deck after getting down 12-4, that's pretty good."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Lost in the twilight: Rupp started the Phillies' breakout sixth in an unusual way. He lifted a ball to Span in center but the veteran lost the ball in the twilight sky, giving Rupp a free extra-base hit on an otherwise routine play and opening the door for Perkins, Pedro Florimon and Freddy Galvis to record RBIs ahead of Kelly's slam.

"I saw the ball go up and went back on it really good," Span said. "But as soon as it got to its highest point, I couldn't tell you where it was. I didn't see it until it bounced right in front of me."

Video: PHI@SF: Rupp doubles after Span loses it in the sky

"He got back there and I thought maybe he would find it on the way down," Bochy said. "But he didn't. And that started that whole mess. And of course our relievers had a tough time. That big number, that pretty much did us in."

Giants muster sizable rally: The remaining fans at AT&T Park were treated to the Giants' five-run ninth-inning rally. Pablo Sandoval delivered the biggest hit of the inning, a two-run RBI single to score Carlos Moncrief and Gorkys Hernandez. Rupp's passed ball and throwing error helped the Giants bring the potential game-tying hitter to the plate.

"You love that when the guys are battling," Bochy said. "It was fun to watch. The energy in the dugout and the fans, they were getting into it. It was big hit after big hit. Just too big of an uphill climb there. … You love the fight."

Video: PHI@SF: Sandoval lines a two-run single in the 9th

QUOTABLE
"He's my secret weapon. He doesn't overswing and try to do too much and he's got some quickness in his bat. If you make a mistake, like they did tonight, he doesn't try to do too much. He just drops the head on it." -- Mackanin, on Kelly's grand slam

SPAN LEGS OUT HOMER
Span collected the 11th inside-the-park home run in AT&T Park history. He clocked a home-to-home time of 15.79 seconds, the seventh-fastest such time in the Majors this season. Span's hit scooted away from Perkins in right field after it bounced off the wall. Along the way, Span's helmet came off, adding a dramatic flair to his first career inside-the-park homer.

Video: Must C Clips: Span legs out inside-the-park home run

"I didn't see him misplay the ball. I was coming around second, I heard the crowd getting super excited and I saw [third-base coach] Phil [Nevin] with a lot of energy waving me. I was like, 'All right. Here we go. I got to turn on the jets.' And try and make it home. I thought I might have to slide."

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Span's inside-the-park homer was the first by a Giant to lead off a game since 1945 when Johnny Rucker accomplished the feat against the Braves at Polo Grounds, per Elias.

WHAT'S NEXT
Phillies: Rookie Ben Lively (1-4, 3.80 ERA) pitches Sunday's series finale against the Giants at AT&T Park. Lively rejoins the rotation after spending the past six weeks with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He pitched six or more innings in five of his seven big league starts.

Giants: San Francisco wraps up its four-game set with the Phillies on Sunday when Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 2.99 ERA) toes the rubber. Bumgarner earned his third win of the season but allowed a season-high four runs against the Marlins on Tuesday.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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