Molina's RBI hit leads Giants over Phillies

May 3, 2008 7:27:13 PM PDT
Bengie Molina singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to lift the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night. Chase Utley hit his major league-leading 13th homer and Geoff Jenkins had a solo shot for the Phillies, who had won nine of 12.

Fred Lewis had a solo homer for the Giants, who already are 7½ games behind Arizona in the NL West.

On Friday, the Phillies beat the Giants 6-5 on Pat Burrell's two-run homer off Brian Wilson with two outs in the bottom of the 10th.

But Wilson closed out this one for his 10th save in 12 chances. Wilson walked Burrell leading off the 10th, but retired the next three batters. Jack Taschner (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth.

Randy Winn singled with one out in the 10th off Rudy Seanez (2-2). After Winn stole second, Molina lined a 3-1 pitch to the left-field wall to drive him in.

Both teams got strong efforts from their starters.

Brett Myers struck out a season-best 10 over seven innings in his second-best outing since returning to Philadelphia's starting rotation. He allowed two runs and six hits.

Matt Cain gave up two runs and three hits, striking out a season-high eight in seven-plus innings, before leaving with a tight right hamstring. He's allowed three runs in his last three starts after getting tagged for nine runs against St. Louis on April 18.

The remains of a sellout crowd on a chilly night cheered wildly and chanted "Let's Go Flyers" when highlights of the Flyers' NHL playoff game at Montreal were shown on the video screen. The Flyers beat the Canadiens to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Lewis' homer put the Giants ahead 2-1 in the fifth, but Jenkins connected on the first pitch in the bottom half to tie it.

Utley drove one the opposite way into the seats in left-center to tie it at 1 in the fourth. The second baseman with the sweet left-handed stroke is on pace to hit 68 homers, more than double his career best of 32 in 2006.

Utley, a two-time All-Star, has two more homers than the combined total of David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado - the New York Mets' 3-4-5 hitters. He's got seven more than teammate Ryan Howard, who hit 58 in 2006.

Myers hasn't been the dominant pitcher the Phillies hoped he'd be after a successful stint as a closer last year. But he took a step toward regaining the form that made him Philadelphia's ace before he was shifted to the bullpen.

Myers worked out of a jam in the first after allowing one run. Lewis walked leading off the game, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Winn's single. After Molina singled, Aaron Rowand walked to load the bases.

But Myers struck out John Bowker and Rich Aurilia to get out of the inning.

Notes: Utley is 6-for-12 with three homers and six RBIs off Cain. He's reached safely in 24 straight games. ... Myers has nine career double-digit strikeout games. He lowered his ERA from 5.11 to 4.70. ... The Giants have played 15 one-run games, going 8-7.


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