Thome's 9th inning HR lifts Phillies over Rays
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Jim Thome's homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies over the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-6, on Saturday.
Jonathan Papelbon (2-2) blew his first save of the season in the top of the ninth after giving up two runs. But Thome led off the bottom of the frame with a blast to left off Jake McGee (2-2) to make Papelbon the winning pitcher.
Juan Pierre hit a three-run homer for the Phillies, who have won three of four since a three-game skid. Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run home run and Carlos Ruiz had an RBI.
Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick gave up three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over four innings.
Jeff Keppinger, who was activated from the disabled list on Friday, went 5- for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. James Shields, Sean Rodriguez and Brooks Conrad each knocked in a run.
Shields allowed five runs on seven hits in a five-inning start. He struck out seven and walked one.
Rain derailed the opener of this three-game series Friday, causing a day-night doubleheader to be played Sunday.