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Garcia works 6 outs for first career save

Phillies turn to right-hander with Papelbon, Giles getting night off

PHILADELPHIA -- Luis Garcia considered the contributions from several Phillies in Friday night's 4-3 victory over Arizona at Citizens Bank Park.

Freddy Galvis singled to score two runs to tie the game in the seventh inning. Cesar Hernandez singled and scored. Elvis Araujo earned the first win of his career for picking up a big out in the seventh. Odubel Herrera made a nice catch in center field in the eighth. Oh, and Garcia picked up a six-out save, the first save of his career and the first time a Phillies pitcher had pitched two or more innings to earn a save since Sept. 29, 2009, when Ryan Madson pitched two innings against Houston.

"Yeah, Latino Night," Garcia said with a smile.

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The Phillies needed Garcia because closer Jonathan Papelbon and setup man Ken Giles were unavailable after pitching three consecutive days. Garcia had just pitched a scoreless eighth inning when Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure approached him in the dugout with two outs in the bottom half of the inning.

"You got it, Luis," McClure said.

"OK," Garcia replied.

Garcia allowed a hit in the ninth, but struck out A.J. Pollock to end the game. Garcia is 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA in 18 appearances this season. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he thought they might use some combination of Garcia and left-hander Jake Diekman if a save situation presented itself, but Sandberg stuck with Garcia because he liked the matchups with a few right-handed hitters.

"It feels great," Garcia said about picking up his first big league save. "When you hear the fans with two outs, that pumps you up."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.
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