PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) --
capped big rallies with extra-base hits in the eighth and ninth innings as the
' bullpen in a 12-8 victory.
Sledge had a tying two-run double off
that completed a four-run eighth and stroked a two-run triple off
in a five-run ninth. He had three hits and four RBI.
"We just battled like we have been doing all year," said Sledge, who tied his career high with four RBI. "We have a lot of pride and we have a young team. We are hungry, so we are just going to keep fighting."
"To come back from that deficit and score nine runs in two innings on the road, that says something for your team," Montreal manager
Philadelphia's bullpen came in with a 5-2 mark, five saves and a 1.26 ERA in its last 12 games.
added another scoreless frame in the sixth, and the Phillies scored in the seventh to open a 7-3 lead.
"Our bullpen has been doing a great job. Tonight, they didn't get the job done," Phils manager
explained. "We made a lot of bad pitches in the eighth and ninth."
With one out in the eighth,
singled for a run, bringing on
singled home a run and Cormier struck out pinch hitter
before Sledge doubled over the head of left fielder
to tie it, 7-7.
In the ninth, Worrell (4-6) gave up a single to
's bunt for an error. Wilkerson sacrificed and Carroll was walked intentionally before Batista singled for two runs and the lead.
"I fell behind, then came in with a strike and (Batista) was right on it," Worrell said. "Just chalk it up to a bad night."
Rivera walked to reload the bases and Church singled to make it 10-7. Sledge followed with a liner into right-center field to plate two more runs.
The rally made a winner of
(6-11), who pitched two innings, allowing
's ninth-inning homer.
drove in two runs each for Philadelphia, which fell seven games behind San Francisco in the National League wild card race.
Milton, who allowed just three earned runs in six innings, gave up a two-run homer to Rivera in the sixth. The 428-foot blast to left field ended a string of 58 consecutive homerless innings by Philadelphia's staff.
Batista drove in three runs and reached 100 for the third time in his career.
Abreu also reached 100 RBI for the third time in his career and is one homer shy of his second 30-homer, 30-steal season. He also did it in 2001.
"We've had trouble playing consistently at home," said Bowa, whose club dropped to 36-36 at Citizens Bank Park. "You got to play better than .500 at home. I don't know if it's in guys' heads or not."