Phillies answer Giants' surge with big 8th in win

Phillies answer Giants' surge with big 8th in win

PHILADELPHIA -- The San Francisco Giants realize that, despite the disparity in their records, the Philadelphia Phillies can give anybody a rough night. Tuesday, the Giants learned just how challenging the Phillies are as they squandered a huge early lead before rising again to score five eighth-inning runs, break a tie and proceed to a 13-8 triumph.

The Giants won two of three games vs. the Phillies from June 24-26, but each game was a one-run decision. This time, the Giants erased Philadelphia's 6-0 lead to take an 8-7 advantage into the bottom of the sixth. Yet the Phillies weren't intimidated as they drove Giants ace Madison Bumgarner from the game before pulling away.

Philadelphia's Aaron Altherr matched a career high with five RBIs, including a two-run homer in the first inning and a run-scoring single in the second inning. He then bounced a two-run single up the middle off Sergio Romo to begin the Phillies' eighth-inning outburst, which continued with Cameron Rupp's three-run homer.

Phillies score five to take lead

"It should give us confidence," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "We beat Bumgarner over there in San Francisco. Anytime you beat a classy pitcher like that, a top-notch guy, it's got to give you confidence."

Led by Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt, who combined for five of San Francisco's 10 hits and six of its eight RBIs, the Giants roared back. But the Phillies began their rally in the eighth off newcomer Will Smith, who was removed after yielding Odubel Herrera's one-out infield single and Cesar Hernandez's double.

Smith, acquired from the Brewers before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, spent most of Tuesday traveling from Milwaukee.

"Nobody flies cross-country before their first outing," Smith said. "But that's not an excuse by any means. I told them I was good to go and I didn't lie to them. I felt ready. It just didn't go my way tonight."

Smith collects first Giants' K

Fearsome foursome: Hernandez, Altherr, Maikel Franco and Rupp picked up a combined 12 hits and 12 RBIs in the victory. In addition to the homers by Altherr and Rupp, Franco hit a three-run homer in the second.

"Altherr just looks good at the plate right now, and Franco, it's great to see him bust out," Mackanin said. "Good to see everybody kind of getting it together." More »

Altherr collects five RBIs

A Bummer for sure: Half of the runs Bumgarner allowed were unearned, due to third baseman Eduardo Nunez's throwing error that set up the Phillies' four-run second. Then again, it isn't often that Bumgarner yields a pair of homers and 10 hits, including six in the first two innings. The last time that happened was April 11, 2015, at San Diego.

"There was a lot of offense in a row right there," Bumgarner said, referring to the top of the Phillies' order. More »

Phillies giveth, Eflin taketh: The Phillies spotted Zach Eflin a 6-0 lead after the second inning, but he allowed a run in the fourth and five runs in the fifth to tie the game. Eflin had been pitching pretty well recently until his last two starts, allowing 13 runs in 10 innings against the Marlins and Giants.

"I was just off with my command," Eflin said. "I thought I made some really good pitches in certain situations, but at the end of the day I just really have to bear down on that, I really have to."

Beware of Brandons: No. 5 hitter Crawford and sixth hitter Belt provided most of the Giants' offense. Crawford, who hiked his team-leading RBI total to 66, drove in three runs as he began his productive effort with a fourth-inning homer. It was his 10th round-tripper of the season. With 66 RBIs, Crawford leads the second-most productive Giant in that category, Buster Posey, by 19.

Belt also homered and drove in three runs, his highest single-game total since he amassed four at Oakland on June 30.

Belt's three-run homer

"I was looking for a cutter away. I wouldn't say I was trying to hit a home run, but I had seen a lot of video and it's something you just prepare for. You know he likes his cutter so I was looking for it. I just put a good swing on it." -- Altherr, who hit a 0-1 cutter from Bumgarner for his two-run homer in the first

Altherr's two-run homer

The Phillies' 13 runs are the most they have scored in a game since scoring 14 against the Mets on Sept. 1, 2015.

Home-plate umpire Bob Davidson had heard enough of a boisterous fan sitting 14 rows behind the Giants' dugout. He had been screaming sexually suggestive comments at Davidson through most of the sixth inning -- his words could be heard from the pressbox -- when Davidson stopped the game, approached the fan and asked him to be removed. Phillies security came by a short time later, escorting the fan from his seat. The Phillies said the fan left on his own accord.

"You could have your wife, girlfriend, kids -- they buy tickets," Davidson said. "They don't have to come here and listen to that. That's exactly what he said to throw him out. There was kids there and young girls there."

Fans applauded Davidson for his efforts.

"People cheered me, which is unusual in this town for me," he said.

Home-plate umpire ejects fan

Giants: Johnny Cueto, who starts Wednesday's 4:05 p.m. PT rematch against the Phillies, is still looking for his first victory since the All-Star break. He's 0-2 with a 3.94 ERA in the second half. Cueto is 0-1 with a 5.84 ERA in five lifetime starts at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies: Right-hander Aaron Nola faces the Giants in the second game of a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park. Nola's performance since early June has been a mystery. He is 1-5 with a 9.82 ERA in his last eight starts, pitching without his trademark command that made him the seventh overall pick in the 2014 Draft.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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