Aggressive Blanco steals home for Phillies

Aggressive Blanco steals home for Phillies

DETROIT -- The Phillies, trying to ignite their struggling offense in support of young starter Aaron Nola, swiped a run off the Tigers with a double steal, allowing Andres Blanco to steal home in the second inning for a run in Wednesday afternoon's 8-5 win over Detroit at Comerica Park.

It was an aggressive play with two outs, but if the Phillies were ever going to try it, they had the combination. Blanco went from first to third on Peter Bourjos' two-out RBI single. With the speedy Bourjos on first base and Odubel Herrera batting against Anibal Sanchez -- who has struggled to hold runners all season while tinkering with the hip turn in his delivery -- Bourjos took off for second trying to bait a throw.

Tigers catcher James McCann, who has thrown out nine of 16 would-be basestealers this season, tried to throw him out. Shortstop Jose Iglesias didn't appear to be expecting it. He came in late as the throw sailed high, allowing Blanco to score without much trouble for a 2-0 Phillies lead.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.