PHILADELPHIA — Carlos Ruiz hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Tuesday night after another fan ran onto the field at Citizens Bank Park.
On Monday night, a teenager was Tasered in the outfield after eluding security for about 30 seconds. This man gave himself up without incident, and was booed by the sellout crowd.
The latest fan on the field may have ruined Cole Hamels' rhythm. The Phillies starter was cruising to that point, taking a six-hitter into the ninth. But after the man ran on the field, Hamels quickly allowed consecutive doubles to David Freese and Yadier Molina to tie the game.
Closer Brad Lidge came in and pitched well to keep it tied. Ruiz, who'd hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh, homered against Blake Hawksworth (0-1).
Ruiz hit a deep shot foul before driving a 2-1 pitch over the fence in left. Hawksworth put his head down and walked off the mound before the ball cleared the flower pot above the wall. Ruiz ci rcled the bases and was mobbed by teammates after his second career game-ending homer.
Jose Contreras (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning to earn the win.
Hamels and Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright were excellent in a pitcher's duel. Wainwright, a 19-game winner last year, allowed one run, four hits and fanned six to lower his ERA to 1.96.
Hamels pitched like the guy who was MVP of the 2008 World Series and NLCS. He gave up two runs and eight hits, striking out eight in eight-plus innings. The lanky lefty is 13-15 with a 4.58 ERA since leading the Phillies to their second championship in '08.
Hamels left after Molina's tying double. Lidge retired pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker on a grounder to first that moved the runner to third. After an intentional walk, Lidge struck out Brendan Rya n and pinch-hitter Jon Jay flied out to deep right-center.
Raul Ibanez led off Philadelphia's seventh with a triple to right-center. The slow-footed Ibanez chugged around second while center fielder Joe Mather chased his hard liner in the gap, and easi ly made it into third.
After Juan Castro bounced out, Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Ibanez for a 1-0 lead.
Hamels escaped trouble in the fifth when Albert Pujols came up with the bases loaded and two outs. But the big slugger popped out on the first pitch.
A couple innings before the fan ran onto the field, two male fans poked fun at the Taser incident while they were being shown on the large video screen. One guy pretended to use a Taser on the other fan, who started shaking as if he was stunned.