The Phillies exploded for 15 runs last night as they rolled to a 15-3 win against the Dodgers. They banged out 26 hits including four home runs. Rowand and Victorino combined to go 10-for-13. The story of the game, however, was JD Durbin. Durbin, who had shown very little in his brief time with the Phils, held the Dodgers to a run on six hits over six innings.
With the win the Phillies improve to 47-46 on the season. Five games, five blowouts since the All-Star break as the Phils have gone 3-2. In the three games they've won they've scored 38 runs on 63 hits.
JD Durbin got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing a run on six hits and two walks. Only one of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out three and got his first career win.
He walked James Loney with two outs in the first with the Phils up 3-0, but got Jeff Kent on a ground out to short to end the inning.
Nomar Garciaparra walked with one out in the second, but Matt Kemp followed and flew to left. Mike Lieberthal moved Garciaparra to second with a single, but pitcher Mark Hendrickson went down to end the inning.
He threw a 1-2-3 third.
Kent doubled to start the fourth with the Phillies up 8-0. Luis Gonzalez flew to left for the first out before Kent moved to third on a single by Garciaparra. Kemp followed with another single, scoring Kent to make the score 8-1 as Gariaparra went to second. Lieberthal loaded the bases with another single, but Durbin struck out pitcher Eric Stutts and got Rafael Furcal to ground to short to end the inning.
Juan Pierre singled to start the fifth but Durbin got the next three.
Durbin threw a 1-2-3 sixth.
Zagurski started the seventh with the Phils up 13-1 and gave up a one-out double to Wilson Betemit. Andre Ethier followed with a single that sent Betemit to third, but Zagurski got James Loney to pop to third and pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz to fly to center to keep the Dodgers off the board.
Clay Condrey started the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Gonzalez. With one out, a single by Kemp moved Gonzalez to second. Lieberthal followed with another single that loaded the bases for Ramon Martinez, who singled in Gonzalez to make the score 13-2. Betemit flew to left for the second out before Ethier singled, moving everyone up a base again and making the score 13-3. Condrey got Loney to ground to third to end the inning.
Two runs and five hits charged to Condrey in the inning. His ERA is up to 7.52 on the year. Righties are hitting .360 against him.
Tom Gordon pitched the ninth with the Phils up 15-3, appearing for the first time since May 1. He gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Tony Abreu before getting the next three.
The Phillies' lineup against lefty Mark Hendrickson went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Burrell (7) Helms (8) Coste. Coste gets his fourth start of the year behind the plate. Helms at third against the lefty.
Victorino singled with one-out in the first and scored on a double by Utley. 1-0. Howard struck out before Rowand singled, scoring Utley to make it 2-0. Burrell moved Rowand to third with another single before Helms singled. Rowand scored and Burrell went to third. 3-0. Coste grounded out to end the frame.
The Phils loaded the bases to start the second on a single by Durbin, a hit-by-pitch by Rollins and a single by Victorino. Utley grounded to first and Durbin was forced at home. Howard struck out and Rowan popped to second. Nothing out of bases loaded and nobody out.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third.
Durbin and Rollins singled back-to-back to start the fourth and Victorino followed with a triple that scored both of them and put the Phils up 5-0. Utley singled and Victorino scored. 6-0. Howard homered to right. 8-0. Rowand doubled to center, but Burrell, Helms and Coste all went down to leave him stranded.
Rollins singled with one out in the fifth and scored on a two-out double by Utley to put the Phils up 9-1. Howard followed with a home run to center. 11-1. Rowand doubled and Burrell walked, but Helms lined to short to end the frame.
Durbin singled with one out in the sixth and moved to second on a two-out single by Victorino. Utley popped to second for the third out.
With one out in the seventh, Rowand and Burrell hit back-to-back home runs to extend the lead to 13-1. Helms and Coste went down to end the frame.
One-out singles by Rollins and Victorino put men on first and second for Utley in the eighth, but Utley lined to left and Howard grounded to first to set the Phillies down.
Rowand doubled to start the ninth and moved to third on a ground out by Nunez. Rowand scored on a ground ball to short from Helms, making the score 14-3. Coste followed with a single and went to third on a double by Bourn. Rollins was next and reached on an error by Garciaparra at third. Coste scored to make it 15-3 as Bourn went to third. Victorino popped to first to end the frame.
Rollins was 3-for-6.
Victorino was 5-for-7 with a triple and two RBI. His slugging percentage for the year is up to .442, which is the highest it has been since April 8. He's hitting 407/467/704 in 54 July at-bats.
Utley was 3-for-6 with two doubles.
Howard was 2-for-6 with two home runs and four RBI.
Rowand was 5-for-6 with three doubles and a home run. 476/500/857 in 42 July at-bats.
Burrell was 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk.
Helms 1-for-6 with a single and two RBI.
Bourn was 1-for-2 with a double.
Kyle Kendrick (4-0, 3.82) faces righty Chad Billingsley (6-0, 3.26) this afternoon. Kendrick has been impressive in his six starts, which is good news for the Phillies who were down to about Plan R. His best start came his last time out. On Friday he held the Cards to a run on six hits over seven innings. His numbers against righties are great -- they are hitting .208 against him with a 0.89 ratio. Lefties are hitting .333 with a 1.85 ratio and have hit three of the four home runs he has allowed. Billingsley was picked by the Dodgers with the 23rd pick in the 2004 draft and won't turn 23 till later this month. He has appeared in 28 games this season, only five of which have been starts. On the year he's allowed just 48 hits in 60 2/3 innings. Righties are hitting .182 against him, lefties .255. All six of the home runs he has allowed have been hit by righties.