Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th to bring the Phillies even with the Diamondbacks.
Turner has been mired in a brutal slump that forced the $300-million shortstop to say this week: “I’ve sucked.” He delivered his first highlight-reel hit for the Phillies when he connected to left field off reliever Jose Ruiz with two outs, tying the game at 5.
The victory helps the struggling Phillies from being swept at home. Before blasting the home run, Turner struck out and was 0-for-4, and 2-for-20 on the homestand.
The Phillies have won only three of 10 games as they head into a pivotal stretch of the season. They start a four-game series Thursday at NL East-leading Atlanta and then play three at Citi Field against the second-place Mets.
Hopefully, the home run gets Turner going. The Phillies need the two-time All-Star to get back the level that got him the 11-year, $300 million deal.
Phillies shortstop Trea Turner. Photo courtsey of Jose F. Moreno/ Staff Photographer – Philadelphia Inquirer