SEATTLE -- The Phillies rallied for a pair of runs in the ninth off Mariners closer Edwin Diaz on Wednesday afternoon to pull out a 5-4 victory and secure their first winning road series since April.Tommy Joseph launched a leadoff homer off Diaz and Andrew Knapp singled home the go-ahead
SEATTLE -- The Phillies rallied for a pair of runs in the ninth off Mariners closer Edwin Diaz on Wednesday afternoon to pull out a 5-4 victory and secure their first winning road series since April.
Tommy Joseph launched a leadoff homer off Diaz and Andrew Knapp singled home the go-ahead run with two outs to give the Phillies both games of the series in their first Safeco Field appearance since 2011. Philadelphia is now 12-31 away from home this year and 26-51 overall.
"It's a great way to come back and snatch that game," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "It was just a lot of fun. We swept a series. I'm pretty happy about that."
Kyle Seager, Danny Valencia and Robinson Cano each homered off Phillies rookie Mark Leiter in the fourth and fifth innings to give Seattle a 4-3 lead, but Diaz was dealt his third blown save of the season. The 23-year-old right-hander also got roughed up in Tuesday's 8-2 loss in a non-save situation.
"Baseball is a great game, but many days it can be very cruel," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "You have to get all 27 outs, and we had a tough time obviously in the ninth inning."
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Utility man Ty Kelly ripped a two-run homer off Felix Hernandez to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead in the third. Hernandez (3-2, 4.66 ERA) allowed five hits and three runs over six frames in his second start back from the disabled list and was in line for the win until Philadelphia's late rally. The loss was the Mariners' fourth straight as they closed out a 5-4 homestand that leaves them at 39-41.
Leiter gave up four runs on nine hits -- including the three homers -- in five innings in his second career start for the Phillies. Ricardo Pinto recorded his first Major League win, tossing three scoreless innings in relief.
"Pinto was the key to that game," Mackanin said. "He pitched three strong innings, kept the game close and really pitched well for a young kid. Great to see that."
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The King escapes further damage: After Kelly launched the second homer of his big league career in the third, Hernandez was staring at a one-out, bases-loaded situation when Odubel Herrera bounced a grounder to Cano at second. Daniel Nava scored from third for a 3-1 lead, but Cano threw to first for one quick out and Valencia had Joseph hung up in a rundown between first and second when he spotted Freddy Galvis breaking for home and quickly fired to third, instead nailing Galvis for the final out of the frame to keep the Mariners close.
"We had another opportunity to get something going after Kelly hit that home run, we snuck across one more run then we kind of laid low for awhile," Mackanin said. "I was hoping we could get back in and add on."
Balk this way: A walk and a balk by Diaz set up the Phillies' winning run in the ninth. With two outs, Cameron Perkins worked the count full, then fouled off a 98-mph fastball before taking ball four on a 97-mph offering. Perkins then moved to second when Diaz stopped and started in mid-delivery to Knapp, which put him in position to score when the Phillies' catcher drove a single to right on another 98-mph heater that Diaz left over the plate.
"I just was thinking [catcher Mike Zunino] would call a different pitch," Diaz said of the costly balk. "I was in my mind for another pitch, tried to set and when he didn't call that pitch, I just moved my body." More >
"It kind of changed a little bit on the last at-bat. I was trying to drive something in the gap but [Perkins] got to second base [on a balk] and I knew [Diaz] was going to challenge me. He's got a really good fastball, and I battled and put one in play." -- Knapp, on his approach to his at-bat in ninth
"Anybody can beat anybody in this league. It happens. We certainly need to play better. We're not playing good right now and it doesn't matter who you're playing in the league, if you're not on top of your game, you're going to struggle. We should have played better, we didn't get it done. There's not much else you can say." -- Servais, on the losing streak
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With five strikeouts, Hernandez moved past Dwight Gooden into 50th on MLB's all-time list with 2,297 in his 13-year career. Next up on the list in 49th place is Juan Marichal with 2,303.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Mariners lost a challenge in the fifth inning when Servais asked for a replay to determine if right fielder Mitch Haniger got hit in the hand by an 0-1 fastball from Leiter that initially was ruled a foul tip. The call stood as a foul ball for Haniger's second strike, and he proceeded to strike out on the next pitch to end the inning.
The Phillies easily won a challenge in the sixth inning, as Mackanin requested a replay after Zunino was ruled safe on a pickoff attempt from Pinto in the sixth inning. The call was overturned in a brisk 26 seconds after it was determined shortstop Galvis easily tagged Zunino as he scurried back to the base, ending the inning.
Phillies: After an off-day on Thursday, the Phillies travel to New York for a three-game series with a National League East foe, the Mets. On the mound for Game 1 at 7:10 p.m. ET is right-hander Ben Lively, who owns a 1-2 record a 3.90 ERA in five starts this season.
Mariners:Sam Gaviglio (3-2, 3.38 ERA) will make his ninth start in Friday's 7:07 p.m. PT series opener in Anaheim against fellow rookie Parker Bridwell (2-0, 2.95). Gaviglio has filled in well since being called up six weeks ago. This will be his first time facing the Angels.
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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Phillies on Wednesday.