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July 14 2007

The Phillies have come out of the All-Star break like a team looking to make a statement.  They pounded the Cardinals' starting pitching again this afternoon, this time at the expense of St Louis starter Mike Maroth who was charged with eight runs in five innings.  In the first two games of the set, St Louis starting pitchers have been charged with 14 runs in six innings.

The Phillies beat the St Louis Cardinals this afternoon, winning 10-4 to improve to 46-44.  The Phils have won three in a row and look to sweep the three-game set with the Cards tomorrow.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits.  Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run.  He walked two and struck out two.

In the first he gave up a leadoff double to David Eckstein, but got the next three to keep the Cards off the board.

St Louis put men on first and second with nobody out to start the second on a single by Scott Rolen and walk by Chris Duncan.  Yadier Molina hit a soft liner to third that Helms snared for the first out.  Aaron Miles walked to load the bases and the pitcher Maroth singled back up the middle, scoring Rolen to cut the Phillies' lead to 2-1.  With runners on second and third, Eckstein hit a fly ball to left that brought in Duncan to tie the score at 2-2.  So Taguchi grounded to third to end the inning.

Albert Pujols homered to start the third, cutting the Phillies' lead to 4-3.  Hamels set down the next three.

He threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

Hamels started the fifth with a 5-3 lead and gave up a two-out double to Pujols.  Juan Encarnacion followed with a single to left that scored Pujols and made the score 5-4.  Rolen flew to left for the third out.

Hamels allowed a one-out double to Molina in the sixth but got the next two.

Madson started the seventh with a 10-4 lead and gave up a single to Taguchi with one out.  Pujols hit a ground ball to third and Taguchi was forced at second for the second out.  Encarnacion moved Pujols to second with a single, but Rolen flew to right to set St Louis down.

Madson returned to throw a 1-2-3 eighth. 

Alfonseca, in his first action since July 6, threw a 1-2-3 ninth to drop his ERA to 3.82.

Apparently there's no Anderson Garcia, or Mike Zagurski for that matter, with a six-run lead, either.  Would have been another nice time to use the guys at the bottom instead of Madson and Alfonseca.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Mike Maroth went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Helms (8) Ruiz.  Helms plays third against the lefty.

Rollins homered to start the first.  1-0.  After Victorino and Utley went down, Howard homered to right to put the Phils up 2-0.  Rowand followed with a double and Burrell walked, but Helms dribbled back to the pitcher to end the inning.

Ruiz started the second and reached on yet another misplay by Miles, who was playing second today.  Miles was charged with an error and Hamels tried to bunt Ruiz to second.  Ruiz was forced at second with Hamels safe at first.  Rollins moved Hamels to second with a single, but Victorino flew to left for the second out.  Utley followed with a double to right, scoring both runners and putting the Phils up 4-2.  Howard struck out to end the inning.  Big two-out hit for Utley.

Rowand homered to start the third, putting the Phils up 5-3.  Burrell followed with a single, but Helms grounded out and Ruiz hit into a double-play.

Victorino walked with two outs in the fourth, but Utley grounded to third for the final out of the inning.

Up 5-4 in the fifth, the Phillies put men on second and third with nobody out when Howard was hit by a pitch and Rowand doubled him to third.  Burrell followed with a double of his own, scoring both runners and extending the lead to 7-4.  Helms hit a fly ball to right for the first out and Burrell went to third.  He scored on a fly ball to center from Ruiz.  8-4.  Hamels struck out to end the inning.

The Phils put runners on second and third with nobody out in the sixth on a single by Rollins and a double by Victorino.  Utley popped to third for the first out and Howard went down swinging for the third.  Rowand was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Burrell, and Burrell delivered a single into right that plated Rollins and Victorino and put the Phils up 10-4.  Helms grounded to third to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh against Ryan Franklin, who lowered his ERA to 1.20 on the year.

Utley singled with one out in the eighth, but Howard followed and struck out for the second out.  Rowand doubled again, sending Utley to third, and Nunez, who pinch-ran for Burrell in the sixth and stayed in the game to play third, walked.  It loaded the bases for Madson's slot, and Dobbs hit for Madson.  He struck out swinging for the third out.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a home run, his second in two days and 18th of the year.  He's hitting 378/404/778 in 45 July at-bats.  He's on pace to hit 32 home runs.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Utley 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

Howard 1-for-4 with a home run and three strikeouts. 

Rowand was 4-for-4 with three doubles and a home run.  414/438/759 in July.

Burrell was 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and four RBI.  476/600/952 with in 21 July at-bats.

Helms was 0-for-4 and left six men on base.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with an RBI, dropping his average to .263.  He's 1-for-his-last-17.

Adam Eaton (8-5, 5.69) faces righty Adam Wainwright (7-7, 4.86) tomorrow night.  Eaton has faced the Cardinals once this season, allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings on June 23 in St Louis.  Encarnacion and Duncan both homered against him in that game.  He's 3-3 with a 5.76 ERA in his nine starts at home this season.  Wainwright faced the Phils in the June 23 game.  He got the win, allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings.  He's given up a lot of hits this season, 117 in 102 1/3 innings, but just nine home runs.  Rollins is 3-for-4 against him in his career, Helms 2-for-2 with a double.

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