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Phillies sweep doubleheader, win fifth in a row

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PHILADELPHIA -- Placido Polanco put the best last-place team in baseball two games over .500 for the first time this year -- and only 1½ games out of first in the NL East.

Polanco homered twice and the Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Saturday night for their fifth straight victory and a doubleheader sweep.

In the opener, Bobby Abreu homered twice and drove in four runs, and Vicente Padilla won for only the second time this year in a 10-6 win that pushed the Phillies above .500 for the first time since they were 7-6 on April 18.

"I've enjoyed it and our players are enjoying it," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We are having fun. They're enjoying it. That's how I want us to play."

The Phillies have been stuck in last place since April 22 and were as many as 7½ games out of first place.

"We will get out," Manuel said. "We're on our way out."

The Phillies (29-27) are off to a sensational start to their 13-game homestand and have won 14 of 20 overall. They are still last in the tight NL East, but just 1½ games behind division-leading Atlanta.

"We're kind of lucky I reckon that nobody every really ran off and just left us," closer Billy Wagner said. "We were able to hold our ground and get a little spurt going on here and claw our way back into the division."

Arizona starter Russ Ortiz (4-5) was in complete control going into the sixth in the second game, retiring 15 straight after Polanco's single in the first inning. He was sharp, but not overpowering, striking out only one during that span and getting 10 groundouts.

He just couldn't keep the ball on the ground when he really needed it.

With the Phillies trailing 3-1, pinch-hitter Endy Chavez led off the sixth with a single and scored on Kenny Lofton's second triple of the doubleheader. Then Polanco lined a two-run homer to left for a 4-3 lead.

That turned Brett Myers (5-3) from a tough-luck loser into a winner. Myers was solid, striking out six and giving up three runs in six innings.

Polanco added a solo shot in the eighth, his third homer of the year.

Ryan Madson struck out four in two scoreless innings and Wagner finished for his 13th save. With Troy Glaus at the plate, Luis Gonzalez was thrown out at second on the back end of a double steal for the final out.

"Just a mix up," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said before taking a question. "It was a strange way to end the game."

Myers ran into trouble in the fifth, leaving his fastball high in the strike zone for Alex Cintron to hit over a beer sign in the second deck in right for his first homer of the year and a 2-1 lead.

Then Gonzalez followed with his 299th career homer and seventh of the season that just squeaked over the right-field wall.

Myers pitched out of a jam in the first inning after giving up three straight hits to open the game for a 1-0 Arizona lead. He struck out Jose Cruz Jr. and Chad Tracy with the bases loaded to end the inning.

"Brett battled and kept us in the game and gave our offense a chance to come back," said Todd Pratt, who threw out Gonzalez with a perfect throw.

Ortiz let the Phillies tie it in the first on an RBI groundout by Jim Thome, but he was near perfect until the sixth.

In the opener, Philadelphia roughed up Arizona starter Javier Vazquez (5-4) and finished with 14 hits, including three each from Lofton and Chase Utley, who singled, doubled and tripled. Mike Lieberthal had three RBI.

Thome, batting just .209 going into the nightcap, hit only his third homer of the season in the seventh to make it 9-1.

"Jimmy just kept swinging and finally he got a fastball to hit," Manuel said.

Arizona gave Philadelphia a scare in the eighth, getting a two-run homer from Craig Counsell off Robinson Tejeda and a two-run single from Luis Terrero off Rheal Cormier that made it 10-6.

Cormier walked Chris Snyder to load the bases with one out, but pinch-hitter Cruz grounded into a double play to end the rally.

The Phillies broke the game open with a six-run fourth.

Lieberthal drove in two runs on a bases-loaded single to left and Lofton's second single in two innings knocked in two more to make it 6-1. Abreu followed again with a two-run homer -- his 14th of the year and his seventh in 63 career at-bats against Vazquez for his 11th career multihomer game.

"It's between him and (Chicago's Derrek) Lee for the MVP right now," Melvin said.

That was enough run support for Padilla (2-5), who started the season on the disabled list while recovering from right triceps tendinitis and missed his last two starts because of a strained back.

That was part of the reason Manuel was cautious with Padilla, pulling the righty after he gave up only three hits and a run on 86 pitches through five innings.

Lofton's two-out bunt single in the third was followed by Abreu's 13th homer of the season into the right-field stands for a 2-1 lead.

Notes

  • Melvin and Manuel each said the doubleheader will force them to use a spot starter on Wednesday. Melvin said he would probably use RHP Claudio Vargas, while Manuel was undecided.
  • Vazquez gave up eight runs and 10 hits in four innings.
 
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In the nightcap, Philadelphia's Brett Myers pitches six innings to pick up his fifth win.  (AP)
In the nightcap, Philadelphia's Brett Myers pitches six innings to pick up his fifth win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

P. Polanco
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Arizona

L. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B4110003 .312
Alex Cintron, SS5121013 .276
Luis Gonzalez, LF4132110 .299
Troy Glaus, 3B4000035 .256
Shawn Green, RF3000111 .259
Jose Cruz Jr., CF3000113 .227
Chad Tracy, 1B4020013 .272
Kelly Stinnett, C3010011 .333
   a- Quinton McCracken, PH1000010 .206
    Chris Snyder, C0000000 .223
Russ Ortiz, P2000003 .238
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Clark, PH1010000 .364
Totals34310331022 
a-struck out for Stinnett in the 8th
b-singled for Lopez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chad Tracy (9, Myers)
HR - Alex Cintron (1, Myers), Luis Gonzalez (7, Myers)
SH - Russ Ortiz (4)
RBI - Alex Cintron (12), Luis Gonzalez 2 (33)
CS - Luis Gonzalez (1, 2nd base by Wagner/Pratt)
Team LOB - 9
Arizona Diamondbacks
Russ Ortiz (L,4-5) 7444221 5.62
Javier Lopez 1111121 10.43
Pitches-Strikes - Russ Ortiz 112-68, Javier Lopez 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Russ Ortiz 10-9, Javier Lopez 1-0
Batters Faced - Russ Ortiz 27, Javier Lopez 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Kenny Lofton, CF3211110 .379
Placido Polanco, 3B4233000 .307
Bobby Abreu, RF3000101 .335
Jim Thome, 1B3001121 .203
Chase Utley, 2B4000003 .309
Jason Michaels, LF3000001 .280
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .500
Tomas Perez, SS3000010 .267
Todd Pratt, C3000000 .222
Brett Myers, P1000000 .045
   a- Endy Chavez, PH-LF2110000 .200
Totals29555346 
a-singled for Myers in the 6th
Batting
3B - Kenny Lofton (3, Ortiz)
HR - Placido Polanco 2 (3, Ortiz, Lopez)
RBI - Kenny Lofton (9), Placido Polanco 3 (17), Jim Thome (19)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Michaels 1
DP - Michaels-Utley
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers (W,5-3) 6833262 2.24
Ryan Madson (H,15) 2100040 3.77
Billy Wagner (S,13) 1100100 2.45
HBP - Counsell (by Brett Myers)
WP - Brett Myers (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 110-69, Ryan Madson 36-23, Billy Wagner 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 9-2, Ryan Madson 1-1, Billy Wagner 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 28, Ryan Madson 7, Billy Wagner 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43449
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Chad Fairchild