Thome's HR in 9th sends Phils to win over Rays

8:07 PM, Jun 23, 2012   |    comments
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Jim Thome's homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies over the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-6, on Saturday.

Jonathan Papelbon (2-2) blew his first save of the season in the top of the ninth after giving up two runs. But Thome led off the bottom of the frame with a blast to left off Jake McGee (2-2) to make Papelbon the winning pitcher.

Juan Pierre hit a three-run homer for the Phillies, who have won three of four since a three-game skid. Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run home run and Carlos Ruiz had an RBI.

Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick gave up three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over four innings.

Jeff Keppinger, who was activated from the disabled list on Friday, went 5- for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. James Shields, Sean Rodriguez and Brooks Conrad each knocked in a run.

Shields allowed five runs on seven hits in a five-inning start. He struck out seven and walked one.

Rain derailed the opener of this three-game series Friday, causing a day-night doubleheader to be played Sunday.


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