The beleaguered relievers entered the clubhouse one by one and were greeted by Cole Hamels. They were minor-leaguers weeks ago; now they formed the National League's worst bullpen, a unit that tasted vindication in Wednesday's 7-5 Phillies win. Hamels high-fived the pitchers every inning as the game extended beyond four hours.

"They absolutely shut it down," Hamels said.

Few were awake in Philadelphia to see a most resolute victory over the Padres. Ben Revere tapped the eighth pitch he saw in the 13th inning to deep second base. Two runs, including Domonic Brown from first base, scored on that grounder.

The bullpen tossed seven scoreless innings. It amounted to a modest winning streak for these ailing Phillies.

"That's why you keep playing," manager Charlie Manuel said. "You'd be surprised at what you can do when you really want to play. That's what it's all about."

For five innings, three relievers with ERAs greater than 5.70 at triple A, preserved a tie. The Phillies discovered the new market inefficiency; pluck a struggling minor-league arm and toss him into the frenzy of a tight game.

J.C. Ramirez (6.53 triple-A ERA) retired all six batters he faced. Aumont (6.75 triple-A ERA) danced through two more innings. Both were acquired in the second Cliff Lee trade. Both have failed to realize potential.

Jake Diekman (5.70 triple-A ERA) pitched a scoreless 11th inning. Little-used Joe Savery duplicated it in the 12th inning. All four of those pitchers have spent time at Lehigh Valley in 2013. They delivered in a huge way.

"That was fun," Aumont said.