The Phanatic cruised onto the field in a tiny Fiat minutes before Tuesday's first pitch. The Phillies were home for the first time in 16 days. Everything had changed. Fans dotted the stands at Citizens Bank Park for a game between two former National League superpowers while the furry mascot attempted to escape the car. He was stuck or at least pretended. He wiggled for a few seconds. He jammed his head through the sunroof and twisted through the passenger door. The mascot knows his metaphors. The games matter less these days although a 7-3 victory over San Francisco was satisfying because it prevented the Phillies from achieving their longest losing streak since 1999. The defeats stopped at eight. Two Phillies who may not be Phillies on Wednesday homered. Carlos Ruiz bashed his first in 308 days. Michael Young crushed one to deep left for his eighth which tied his season total from 2012. Young is the likeliest to be moved before the 4 p.m. deadline. "I want to win tonight" Young said before the game. "Whatever happens down the road happens down the road. It seems like a day away but that's a long time in baseball talk so the last thing I want to do is hamstring the team I'm playing for." Winning was made easier because Barry Zito started a game not located in the Bay Area. He entered Tuesday with an 0-6 record and a 9.39 ERA in nine road starts. He threw 45 pitches in the first inning and allowed three singles hit a batter and walked home a run.
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