The Phillies rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the ninth inning and defeated the Reds in 10 innings, 9-7, on Friday night. On Tuesday, the Rockies beat the Cardinals after trailing by six runs in the ninth inning, and back on May 20, Brooks Conrad’s grand slam gave Atlanta a 10-9 win over Cincinnati after the Braves were behind by six runs in the ninth inning.
This is the first season in major-league history in which there were three games won by teams that trailed by at least six runs heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Reds are the first team in major-league history to lose two games in one season in which they led by six or more runs entering the bottom of the ninth inning. Rookie Mike Leake, who started both of those games, is the first pitcher in major-league history to start more than one game in his entire career in which his team lost after leading by at least six runs heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Phillies beat the Reds in 12 innings on Thursday night on a game-ending home run by Brian Schneider, and Ryan Howard won Friday night’s contest with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning. It’s only the second time in Phillies history that they won back-to-back games with walk-off home runs. They also did that in 1962, with Johnny Callison hitting the game-winning homer each time.