Back in the Win Column: Phillies snap 8-game losing streak against Giants


Michael Young went 2-for-4 including his eight home run of the season in the Phillies' 7-3 win over the Giants. (Kevin Durso/Philliedelphia)

The Phillies did something on Tuesday night that they haven't done in over a week. It's a verb that starts with 'w' and consists of three letters.

Thanks to Michael Young and Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies belted two home runs and took care of the struggling Giants.

Three two-run innings led the Phillies past the Giants, marking the first win for the team after an eight-game losing streak in a 7-3 win on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

A leadoff double for the Giants led to a run as Pablo Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly to left to plate the first run of the game.

The Phillies countered quickly in the first. After Michael Young and Chase Utley singled to put runners at the corners with one out, Delmon Young managed a two-out RBI single to tie the game. After Kevin Frandsen was hit by a pitch, John Mayberry Jr. walked with the bases loaded to plate the second run.

The Giants would tie the game in the third on a single by Sandoval, plating Andres Torres. 

The Phillies grabbed the lead for good in the fourth. After Mayberry singled to open the inning, Carlos Ruiz hit his first home run of the season to left, a two-run shot.

Another two-run home run put the Phillies in front further in the sixth. This time, it was Michael Young belted one to left for his eighth home run of the season.

The Giants scored another run in the seventh on an RBI groundout which the Phillies answered in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI double by Mayberry.

John Lannan pitched seven innings for the Phillies en route to his third win of the season. He allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless eighth and Justin De Fratus finished the game with a scoreless ninth.

In the eighth, Cody Asche made his major-league debut as a pinch hitter. He popped out to second to end the inning.

The Phillies improved to 50-56 with the win and will take on the Giants, who lost their fifth straight game, on Wednesday. Kyle Kendrick gets the start against Chad Gaudin. 

Kevin Durso is a contributor for Philliedelphia. You can follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.