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July 22 2007

Ryan Howard banged out a pair of home runs, drove in five and didn't make an out last night as he led the Phillies to a 12-4 win in San Diego.  Jamie Moyer pitched into the seventh and the Phils got 2 1/3 scoreless frames from their pen.  The offense broke the game open with five runs in the top of the ninth.

The Phillies beat the San Diego Padres last night, winning 12-4 to improve to 49-48 on the season. 

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, a double, a triple and a home run.  He struck out six and walked three.  His ERA is up to 5.01, so three of the five pitchers in the Phillies' rotation start the day with an ERA over five.

Milton Bradley singled with one out in the first, but Moyer got the next two.

Josh Bard started the second with a double.  Moyer got Khalil Greene on a fly ball to left and Kevin Kouzmanoff on a fly ball to center before Marcus Giles walked, putting men on first and second.  David Wells grounded back to Moyer to end the inning.

Brian Giles started the third with a walk.  Bradley flew to center for the first out before Adrian Gonzalez hit a ground ball to second.  Giles was forced at second for the second out with Gonzalez safe at first.  Mike Cameron singled, putting men on first and second for Bard with two down.  Bard singled into center, scoring Gonzalez to cut the Phillies' lead to 3-1.  Greene grounded to first to end the inning.

Wells singled with two outs in the fourth, but Giles flew to left for the third out.

Bradley started the fifth with a triple off the glove of Rowand.  Gonzalez followed with a sac fly to center that scored Bradley and cut the Phillies' lead to 7-2.  Moyer got the next two.

Moyer struck out Giles and Kouzmanoff in a 1-2-3 sixth.

He started the seventh with a 7-2 lead and gave up a one-out single to Brian Giles.  Bradley followed with a two-run homer to left that made it 7-4.  Moyer got Gonzalez on a ground ball for the second out before he walked Cameron.  With the switch-hitter Bard at the plate, Mesa came in to pitch and got Bard to fly to left for the third out.

Tom Gordon pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.  He's allowed one hit in two scoreless innings since his return from the DL.

Condrey pitched the ninth with a 12-4 lead and gave up a one-out double to Brian Giles, but got the next two to end the game.

In the first three games of the four-game set with the Padres, the Phils' pen has allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings.

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

Rollins started the first with a single and Victorino followed and flew to left.  Rolllins stole second on a slow curve from Wells with Utley at the plate.  Utley walked and Howard followed with a blast to center that put the Phils up 3-0.  Rowand and Burrell both grounded out to end the frame.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second and 1-2-3 in the third.

Howard led off the fourth with a home run that put the Phils up 4-1.  Rowand flew to right for the first out before Burrell walked and Helms homered to center to make the score 6-1.  Ruiz popped to short and Moyer grounded to second.

Rollins singled to start the fifth and Victorino followed and popped to second.  Utley moved Rollins to second with a single, and Howard followed with another single that scored Rollins and moved Utley to third.  7-1.  Rowand struck out with men on first and third and one out, but Burrell followed with a walk that loaded the bases for Helms with two down.  Helms struck out.

Ruiz started the sixth with a single but the next three Phils went down behind him.

Utley started the seventh with a single and Howard followed with a walk.  Rowand flew to center and Burrell hit into a double-play.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

Victorino singled with one out in the ninth and stole second with Utley at the plate.  Utley grounded to first and Victorino moved to third.  Howard was walked intentionally, putting men on first and third with two down.  Rowand singled, Victorino scored and Howard went to second.  8-4.  Bourn reached on an infield single to load the bases.  Dobbs pinch-hit for Gordon and singled, two runs scored to make it  10-4 with men on first and third.  Ruiz cleared the bases with a double to left.  12-4.  Nunez, who had pinch-hit for Mesa in the eighth and came in to play third, struck out for the third out.

Rollins was 2-for-5 and scored two runs.

Victorino was 1-for-5.

Utley was 2-for-4 with a walk, raising his average to .339.

Howard was 3-for-3 with two walks and two home runs, giving him 27 on the year.  He has eight home runs in his last 53 at-bats.

Rowand was 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Burrell was 0-for-2 with two walks.

Helms was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his fourth of the year. 

Ruiz was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. 

JD Durbin (1-2, 9.00) faces righty Jake Peavy (9-4, 2.30) this afternoon.  Durbin had shown almost nothing in his time with the Phils before his start against the Dodgers on Tuesday in which he held LA to a run over six innings.  Righties are hitting .452 against him for the season.  The same is not true of Jake Peavy.  He's struck out 130 in 125 innings and allowed just three home runs.  Righties are hitting .187 with an 0.85 ratio against him, lefties .242 with a 1.30 ratio.  Howard is 0-for-6 against him in his career with three strikeouts, Utley 0-for-6 with two strikeouts. 

Kyle Drabek needs Tommy John surgery.  The Phils top pick in the '06 draft was 5-1 with a 4.33 ERA for Single-A Lakewood this season.  In 54 innings he struck out 46 and allowed 50 hits and 23 walks. 

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