Kelly's grand slam highlights Phillies' offensive breakout; win 12-9

Ty Kelly grand slam lifts Phillies to win; snaps skid
Ty Kelly hit a grand slam and Rhys Hoskins added a three-run shot of his own to propel the Philadelphia Phillies to a 12-9 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Phillies.

The Giants fought back with a five-run ninth inning, but Hector Neris secured the final out to nail down the win.

"A win is a win," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "I don't look happy, but I am."

Tied 4-4 in the sixth, the Phillies offense erupted for seven runs. Cameron Rupp started things off with a double and scored on a Cameron Perkins RBI-single. Pedro Florimon then doubled to center scoring Perkins. Freddy Galvis and Nick Williams each reached via walks and Freddy Galvis reached on an RBI-single to right before Kelly crushed his grand slam, a shot that fell just feet away from landing in the San Francisco Bay.

Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. His velocity was down but he persevered.

"I feel good," Eickhoff said. "I don't know. It could just be August, I guess. I have no idea. But I felt good. For the most part, I was able to execute a lot of pitches. It hasn't affected anything. I wouldn't look much into it."

As for Kelly, he's hitting just .187 on the year but has an OPS of .602. He has a flair for the dramatic and is a favorite for Mackanin off the bench.

"He's my secret weapon," Mackanin said. "He doesn't overswing and try to do too much and he's got some quickness in his bat. If you make a mistake, like they did tonight, he doesn't try to do too much. He just drops the head on it."

The two clubs conclude their four-game set on Sunday with Ben Lively rejoining the Phillies rotation after spending nearly six weeks at triple-A Lehigh Valley. He'll be opposed by Madison Bumgarner.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
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