Jonathan Papelbon said he thought for sure he was going to pitch two innings Wednesday night. It made perfect sense.

The Phillies' once-safe 9-3 lead was down to a run after Cole Hamels and Antonio Bastardo allowed the Twins to score four runs in the seventh inning, which they barely escaped with the tying run on third.

The Phillies had lost nine of their previous 10 games, and for a brief period, had fallen 10 games behind the Nationals, who had won earlier in the day. They were desperate.