PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Randy Wolf is relying on his legs to make
his arm look better.
Wolf (5-4) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked three in
6 2/3 innings. The left-hander won his fourth straight decision,
matching his win total for last season. Ryan Madson got four outs
and Billy Wagner worked the ninth, allowing a two-run homer to
"I'm really using my legs and my body more when I throw,
eliminating the bad habits I developed last year when I was trying
to protect my arm," Wolf said. "I trust my slider a lot now. I
changed my grip and it made a difference. It breaks later and that
makes it harder for a hitter to recognize."
The last-place Phillies have won 10 of 16 and are within two
games of .500 (25-27) for just the second time since April 27.
They're just 3˝ games out of first place.
"We're not paying attention to it," Phillies manager Charlie
Manuel said. "We got to get out of the cellar first."
Omar Vizquel went 3-for-5 for San Francisco, which has lost a
season-high five consecutive games.
Wolf sparked the Phillies' offense by starting the third inning
with a double off the right-field wall against Brett Tomko (4-7).
He went to third on Jimmy Rollins' sacrifice and scored on Kenny
Lofton's liner up the middle that just eluded second baseman Deivi
"My approach was to put the ball in play," said Utley, who
fouled off two pitches before his hit. "Somehow it found a hole."
Pinch-hitter Placido Polanco had a two-run single in the eighth
to make it 5-0.
Tomko allowed three runs, five hits and a season-high six walks
in five innings. The right-hander walked a total of six batters in
his previous five starts.
"I struggled a little bit all night," Tomko said. "It's not
fun to lose. It's been a tough year. There's nothing you can do. I
just have to go out and pitch the best I can."
Wolf escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first by
striking out Cruz and Edgardo Alfonzo. He got help from Lofton on a
questionable catch to get out of trouble in the third.
With two outs and runners on first and third, Cruz hit a sinking
liner to center field. Lofton made a sliding catch to rob Cruz,
though it appeared on replays the ball was trapped.
"From our bench, we couldn't see it," Giants manager Felipe
Alou said. "Five minutes later, somebody said it was a trap. It
was too late to do anything."
Wolf has lowered his ERA from 6.52 to 4.57 in his last six
starts. The former All-Star is coming off an injury-plagued season
in which he finished 5-8 with a 4.17 ERA.
Phillies C Mike Lieberthal became the third player in team
history to catch his 1,000th game. ... The Phillies were 15-13 in
May, while the Giants were 11-16. It's San Francisco's first losing
May since 2001. ... Philadelphia's starters are 10-4 with a 3.48
ERA in the last 16 games. ... Abreu has reached base safely in 22