Sánchez, Stallings hit huge homers to best Phils

Sánchez, Stallings hit huge homers to best Phils

2:04 AM UTC

PHILADELPHIA — Jacob Stallings and Jesús Sánchez went deep, while rookie right-hander Eury Pérez and four relievers limited the potent Phillies offense in a 3-2 comeback victory on Friday night in front of 40,190 fans at Citizens Bank Park.

Twenty-four hours after a lopsided 10-0 loss to the Dodgers and a 2:30 a.m. ET arrival in Philadelphia, Miami (73-68) remained a half-game behind Arizona (74-68) for the third and final National League Wild Card spot. Philadelphia (77-63) continues to hold the top spot.

  • Games remaining: at PHI (2), at MIL (4), vs. ATL (3), vs. NYM (3), vs. MIL (3), at NYM (3), at PIT (3)
  • Standings update: The D-backs hold a half-game lead over the Marlins and a 1 1/2-game lead over the Reds (73-70). The Giants (70-70) are three games back, pending the result of their contest against the Rockies. Miami would hold the first tiebreaker, based on head-to-head matchups, over Arizona (4-2). The Marlins (20-21) are in line to hold the second tiebreaker (intradivisional record) over the Reds (18-26) but not the Giants (19-14).

Trailing 2-0 in the sixth, Miami was happy to see a call to the bullpen after lefty Cristopher Sánchez held the lineup scoreless over five innings. With righty Seranthony Domínguez on the mound and a runner at second with two outs, manager Skip Schumaker pinch-hit left-handed-hitting Sánchez for right-handed-hitting Garrett Hampson. The move paid off, as Sánchez blasted a game-tying two-run homer to right-center.

Sánchez is now 7-for-20 (.350) with two homers as a pinch-hitter in his career.

Stallings then lined the go-ahead solo shot over the left-center wall to lead off the seventh inning against southpaw Matt Strahm. It was Stallings’ third homer of the season and second in his last 11 games.

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