Phillies now 4½ games behind Cubs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Yorvit Torrealba didn't want to make eye
contact with his former teammate until he circled the bases.

Torrealba hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning off
former Giants reliever Felix Rodriguez, leading San Francisco over
the fading Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 Saturday.

"I didn't want to look at his face. I'd probably laugh,"
Torrealba said of Rodriguez, traded to the Phillies for outfielder
Ricky Ledee last month. "It was weird. You play with a guy for so
long. I'd like to see him do good, just not against us."

Cody Ransom, Dustan Mohr and Marquis Grissom also homered for
San Francisco, which has won three in a row for the first time in a
month. The Giants moved within 6½ games of NL West-leading Los
Angeles. They remained one game behind the Chicago Cubs in the
wild-card race.

Placido Polanco hit a two-run homer for the Phillies, who lost
for the fifth time in six home games despite overcoming a 5-0
deficit. Philadelphia fell eight games behind NL East-leading
Atlanta and 4½ games behind the Cubs.

The injury-plagued Phillies, already without Pat Burrell and
David Bell in their lineup, didn't have slugger Jim Thome, who is
day to day with a right shoulder injury.

"Our hands are tied," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.
"We're a little short. But there's nothing you can do about it.
Bite your lip and be a man."

Jason Christiansen (2-2) got two outs in the seventh. Jim Brower
pitched the eighth and Dustin Hermanson finished for his second
save since becoming the closer.

Torrealba put San Francisco ahead when his one-out fly ball off
Rodriguez (4-6) carried into the left-field seats at
hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.

"In another ballpark, that's probably a pop-up to left field,
but I'll take it," Torrealba said.

Barry Bonds, who hit his 689th career homer Friday night, pinch
hit after Torrealba's homer, and was intentionally walked for the
87th time this season, his 166th walk overall.

The Giants took a 5-0 lead off Eric Milton in the first three
innings. But Noah Lowry couldn't hold the lead.

Ransom hit a two-run homer in the second and Mohr led off the
third with a solo shot. Deivi Cruz added an RBI single and Grissom
had a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0.

The Phillies cut it to 5-2 in the third on a sacrifice fly by
Doug Glanville and a two-out RBI single by Chase Utley. Two-out RBI
singles by Milton and Jimmy Rollins pulled the Phillies within 5-4
in the fourth.

Polanco's two-run shot in the fifth gave the Phillies a 6-5
lead. Grissom hit a 1-2 pitch into the left-field seats for his
17th homer in the sixth, tying it at 6.

Milton allowed six runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. He
remained 12-2 after his seventh no-decision in eight starts.

"There's no question we recognize the position we're in,"
Phillies outfielder Doug Glanville said. "But we can't take it so
there's pressure to the point we can't play our game."

Lowry allowed six runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings in his
sixth start this season.

"I didn't make pitches when I needed to," Lowry said.
"Luckily, we battled back as a team and got the win."

Game notes
Giants 1B J.T. Snow wasn't in the lineup one day after
hitting three homers. ... A crowd of 43,712 gave the Phillies 34
sellouts in 59 home games at their new ballpark. ... Without their
Nos. 4-6 hitters, the Phillies' makeshift lineup had Polanco
hitting fifth for the first time this season. ... Rodriguez hadn't
allowed a run in six previous innings with the Phillies.