The numbers didn't exactly line up in favor of Erik Kratz. He was down 0-2 to almost-automatic Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. In his career, Kimbrel had gone 0-2 on 98 hitters. He'd allowed just eight hits and struck out 75 in those situations.

So what did Kratz do?

Exactly what he's being doing ever since he arrived from Triple A in late July: He made something positive happen and helped the Phillies rally for an 8-5 win over the Braves in 10 innings on Friday night.

Kratz, a 32-year-old catcher enjoying his first extended stay in the minor leagues, got the Phillies' late rally started with a laser-beam solo homer into the left-field seats off Kimbrel in the top of the ninth inning. The home run tied the game at 5-5. The Phillies went ahead in the 10th when John Mayberry Jr. clubbed a three-run homer off Cristhian Martinez.