SAN FRANCISCO — The Phillies broke an 11-game losing streak in the state of California with a 12-9 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.
The Phils broke a 4-4 tie with seven runs in the sixth.
The game got hairy in the ninth as the Giants scored five times to cut a 12-4 Phillies' lead to three runs. The Giants brought the tying run to the plate before Hector Neris got the final out.
The Phils' offense was keyed by several reserve players. Cameron Perkins got the start in right field and drove in two runs, including the tiebreaker in the sixth. Pedro Florimon came off the bench and drove in an important run in the sixth, and Ty Kelly added a pinch-hit grand slam to highlight the inning.
Rookie Rhys Hoskins belted his fourth home run of the trip. He is the first Phillie to hit four homers in his first 10 big-league games and the second in the majors this season, joining Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger who hit his first two homers in an April 29 game against the Phillies.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Phillies, who are 20-46 on the road and 1-11 in the state of California this season.
Starting pitching report
Jerad Eickhoff allowed eight hits and four runs over 4 2/3 innings. Eickhoff has had trouble going deep into games. He has made 22 starts and failed to go six innings in 11 of them.
Giants starter Ty Blach gave up eight hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings.
The bullpen was good until Edubray Ramos got hit around in the ninth. Adam Morgan got a big out in the bottom of the fifth to keep the game tied and picked up the win thanks to the Phils' rally in the sixth. Hoby Milner, Jesen Therrien and Luis Garcia pitched scoreless ball. Neris had to come on and get the last out, but not before walking a batter.
Giants lefty Josh Osich was charged with four runs in the sixth.
At the plate
The Phils trailed, 3-1 when Hoskins put them up by a run with a three-run homer in the third.
The seldom-used Kelly has 14 hits and 14 RBIs.
Freddy Galvis had three hits.
Cameron Rupp smacked his 12th homer of the season.
Denard Span hit Eickhoff's first pitch of the game for an inside-the-park homer. The ball took an odd carom off the wall and rightfielder Perkins actually kicked it as he ran it down. Without the kick, it probably would have been a triple. The official scorer ruled it a home run and not a triple and an error because the odd carom eluded Perkins and made it a difficult.
Buster Posey has hit in 21 straight games against the Phils, dating to 2014.
Jorge Alfaro started at first base in place of slumping Tommy Joseph (see story).
Right-hander Zach Eflin's status for his next start remains up in the air. He left his start Friday night with tightness and discomfort in his right shoulder. Head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan "doesn't think there's a whole lot there," manager Pete Mackanin said. "But we're not sure. It doesn't seem to be anything to be overly concerned about, but anytime a guy says his shoulder is barking you have to be careful."
The Phillies close out their West Coast trip Sunday afternoon. Ben Lively (1-4, 3.80) will be added to the roster and make the start against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 2.99).