Carlos Ruiz scores on John Mayberry Jr.'s two-run double in the fourth inning of the Phillies' 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. (Kevin Durso/Philliedelphia)
Jonathan Pettibone started the game for the Phillies on the mound and led the pitching. John Mayberry Jr. lifted the offense. Jonathan Papelbon closed the door.
The three Johns - or Jons - were the leaders on a night when everything seemed to click for the Phillies. They hit consistently once again, scattering 10 hits. They pitched well, led by Pettibone, despite having to use three pitchers in a crazy eighth inning. And finally, Papelbon finished the job again.
It all resulted in the completion of the Phillies' second three-game winning streak of the season as they started their revenge on Ohio with a 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Chase Utley got the night off for the Phillies. His replacement in the lineup was Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen started the game off in a strong way, belted a 1-2 pitch from Scott Kazmir just deep enough to left for a solo home run.
The Indians' powerful offense answered quickly. Pettibone threw a 1-2-3 inning in the first, but allowed a single to Nick Swisher and a softly hit double to Carlos Santana. He got Mark Reynolds to pop out on the infield for the first out, but Michael Brantley followed by hitting a two-run single up the middle, giving the Indians the lead.
Pettibone would work out of trouble in the second and in the third as well, loading the bases on a walk and two hit batters for Reynolds. A close call on a foul ball helped the Phillies as Pettibone forced another infield pop up from Reynolds.
The Phillies capitalized on a scoring chance in the fourth. With two on and one out, Mayberry ripped a double to left-center field, scoring Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz.
Brown would provide more pop in the sixth. He belted a solo home run to right, his seventh of the season, to increase the Phillies' lead to two.
Pettibone pitched into the seventh, getting the first two outs of the inning before being removed. He finished with 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits with two walks, two hit batters and three strikeouts.
Antonio Bastardo allowed a single in the seventh before getting the final out of the inning. He returned in the eighth. And that's when the Phillies had to protect the lead.
Asdrubal Cabrera tripled off the right-center field fence to lead off the inning. The ball had caromed away from Ben Revere and Mayberry, nearly resulting in an inside-the-park home run. Cabrera put on the breaks at third.
Bastardo then struck out Nick Swisher before walking Santana. That brought Justin De Fratus into the game. De Fratus only faced one batter in getting the win on Sunday. He needed just two pitches to retire the only batter he faced on Tuesday, getting Reynolds to pop out to second again.
Finally, Jeremy Horst entered with two outs and runners at the corners. Horst needed four pitches to do his job, striking out Brantley to end the inning.
Mayberry added his third hit of the night in the eighth, scoring Ruiz. Freddy Galvis, who entered for Frandsen in the eighth, followed with an RBI single as well, capping the scoring on the night.
Papelbon entered for the ninth and allowed a lead-off, bunt single to Drew Stubbs. But Stubbs would be erased on a double play by Mike Aviles and Michael Bourn grounded out to shortstop the end the game.
The Phillies improved to 19-21 with their third straight win. They can finish a two-game sweep of the Indians on Wednesday afternoon. Cole Hamels faces Corey Kluber in the series finale.Kevin Durso is a contributor for Philliedelphia. You can follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.