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Padres leave it late to beat Phillies

June 25, 2013

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego’s Kyle Blanks singled home the winning run in the 10th inning for his career-high fourth hit in a game, completing the Padres’ comeback from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat Philadelphia 4-3 on Monday.

The victory moved the Padres up to third place in the National League West standings, replacing San Francisco, which lost 3-1 to the last-placed Los Angeles Dodgers.

San Diego’s Blanks also had a two-run single and scored the tying run on a passed ball in the ninth as the Padres fought back against Cliff Lee and struggling closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Padres’ reliever Joe Thatcher (3-1) had retired the last batter with a runner on third base in the top of the tenth.

Los Angeles rookie sensation Yasiel Puig hit his seventh home run in 20 major league games and added a tiebreaking single in the eighth innings, leading the Dodgers to victory over San Francisco.

Nick Punto led off the eighth with a double. Mark Ellis sacrificed Punto to third base and he reached safely when Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner threw high to first for an error.

Puig greeted George Kontos with a line-drive single that scored Punto. Hanley Ramirez drove in the final run on a liner that San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford knocked down with a lunging attempt before getting the out at first.

Bumgarner (7-5) was charged with three runs in seven-plus innings in his 100th big league start.

In the American League, Cleveland’s Michael Brantley homered and had four RBIs to lead the Indians to a 5-2 win over Baltimore.

Brantley put the Indians ahead with a two-run single in the sixth inning and made it 5-2 with a two-run shot in the eighth. His four RBIs tied a career high, reached twice previously.

The victory provided an uplifting start to an 11-game road trip.

The Orioles have lost four straight.

Tampa Bay’s Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven shutout innings and rookie Wil Myers homered in his home debut, helping the Rays beat Toronto 4-1, ending the Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak.

Myers hit the second of three straight Tampa Bay homers in the second, connecting in his first at-bat at Tropicana Field. His drive was sandwiched between home runs by James Loney and Sam Fuld as Tampa Bay went deep three times in a span of eight pitches.

Toronto’s winning streak matched the best in club history. The Blue Jays also won 11 in a row in 1987 and 1998.

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