THE SETUP: Phillies starter Cole Hamels and St. Louis counterpart Adam Wainwright each got help from three relievers to keep the game scoreless through 10 innings.
THE AT-BAT: Polanco took a sinker for a strike and a slider for a ball from righthander Kyle McClellan . He belted the 1-1 sinker about 10 rows deep into the leftfield stands.
THE AFTERMATH: Jayson Werth doubled home Raul Ibanez , who had walked one out after Polanco's homer, to give Brad Lidge some breathing room in the bottom of the inning.
THE STATS: Polanco, who had just recently returned from 3 weeks on the disabled list (elbow), hadn't homered since May 9.
THE QUOTE: "Sometimes you need one game like this to turn everything around," Polanco said after the game . . .
FROM HIS MOUTH: . . . The Phillies, 48-46 entering the game, went 49-19 from this date to the end of the season.
THE QUOTE II: "I guess we hit it where somebody couldn't catch it, so we scored," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, whose club had lost four in a row and six of seven coming in. "And we got to make a free pass around the bases. That way we didn't mess up. I was wanting to make sure he touched all the bases."
ALSO CONSIDERED: No. 2: Carlos Ruiz' walkoff double to overcome a 9-2 deficit against the Dodgers (Aug. 12) . . . No. 3: Jimmy Rollins sliding home safely on Polanco's 12th-inning single in San Diego (Aug. 27).
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Braves' Jayson Heyward's three-base error on a Shane Victorino fifth-inning fly ball in the first of a three-game series at Citizen Bank Park (Sept. 20) . . . Jayson Werth 's walkoff homer to cap a four-run, ninth-inning rally against the Nationals (Sept. 19) . . . Third baseman Juan Casto throwing out Jorge Cantu on a hard, eighth-inning grounder and then pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino for the final out in Roy Halladay's perfect game against Florida (May 29).