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Philadelphia beat Arizona, Wang helps Royals win

AP, PHOENIX, Arizona

Taiwan’s Wang Chien-ming of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the St Louis Cardinals at the Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri, on Wednesday.

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Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin was not sure what to say after a wild game that included 32 hits, 17 runs, great plays and bizarre sequences.

“I don’t remember half the stuff that happened,” Mackanin said after the Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-8 in 10 innings on Wednesday to complete their first sweep at Chase Field in 10 years.

Arizona went ahead 7-4 in the seventh inning on Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run double, but the Phillies scored four times in the eighth to go up 8-7.

The Diamondbacks fought back in the bottom half, tying it on Jean Segura’s infield single, but allowed Jeanmar Gomez (3-2) to escape a jam in the ninth.

Peter Bourjos, who earlier had a two-run homer, hit a two-out single off Silvino Bracho (0-2) in the 10th and moved to third on Cody Asche’s single. Pinch-hitter Tyler Goeddel followed with a line drive to right field for a sacrifice fly and the go-ahead run.

Brett Oberholtzer gave up a single in the 10th, but got the final two outs for his first career save.

Asche had three RBIs, while Cesar Hernandez finished with four of Philadelphia’s 17 hits.

“When we left Philly, we became a different team,” Mackanin said. “I’m hoping we can take this momentum and build on it.”

In St Louis, Missouri, Alcides Escobar hit a go-ahead RBI double just inside the right-field line in the 12th inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Cardinals 3-2.

Taiwan’s Wang Chien-ming (5-0) worked two scoreless innings for Kansas City, who survived blown saves by Wade Davis and Joakim Soria, stranded 19 runners and used all their bench players.

Wang, who replaced Soria to pitch the 11th and 12th innings, went hitless and struck one batter out.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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